YellaWood 500

auto race held at Talladega, United States

The YellaWood 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, hosting an event in the NASCAR playoffs. The race is one of four NASCAR Cup Series races currently run with tapered spacers, the others being the GEICO 500 in May, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and the Daytona 500. Through 1996, this race was normally held in early August or late July. In 1997, it was moved to early October due to the uncomfortably hot summer temperatures, and sometimes unpredictable summertime thunderstorms in the Alabama area. In 2009, the race moved again, this time to November 1 as part of a realignment agreement with Atlanta and Fontana (where Fontana earned a race in the Chase and Atlanta gained the Labor Day weekend race).

YellaWood 500
NASCAR Cup Series
VenueTalladega Superspeedway
LocationTalladega, Alabama, United States
First race1969 (1969)
Distance500.08 miles (804.801 km)
Stage 1: 55
Stage 2: 55
Stage 3: 78
Previous namesTalladega 500 (1969–1987)
Talladega DieHard 500 (1988–1989)
DieHard 500 (1990–1997)
Winston 500 (1998–2000)
EA Sports 500 (2001–2004)
UAW-Ford 500 (2005–2007)
AMP Energy 500 (2008–2009)
AMP Energy Juice 500 (2010)
Good Sam Club 500 (2011)
Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 (2012)
Camping World RV Sales 500 (2013)
GEICO 500 (2014)[1] 500 at Talladega (2015)
Hellmann's 500 (2016)
Alabama 500 (2017)
Most wins (driver)Dale Earnhardt (7)
Most wins (team)Richard Childress Racing (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (21)
Circuit information
Length2.66 mi (4.28 km)

The race was on average on the most competitive in NASCAR history. It unwent 40 official leader changes in 1971, 1973, 1975-1978, 1983-1984, 1989-2000, and each year in the period covering races from 2003-2012. In 13 cases, the race exceeded 60 changes of leader, that of 2010 holds the record of leader changes for this circuit, one less than the NASCAR record created in a race in April.

The race


It is 500 miles (804.672 km) long and it is 188 laps, stages 1 and 2 is 55 laps in length, while the final stage is 78 laps total.

Dale Earnhardt holds the most record of wins (7), at the level of the stables, it is Richard Childress Racing, which holds it with 8 victories and for the manufacturers, it is Chevrolet with 21 victories.


  1. "GEICO's Partnership Grows with Talladega Superspeedway – "GEICO 500" Fall Classic Sprint Cup Series Race Set for Oct. 19". Talladega Superspeedway. January 30, 2014. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014.