Fire Damages Talladega Short Track


TALLADEGA, Ala. – Fire destroyed the Control Tower and Concession Stand late Sunday night at Talladega Short Track just days before the 25th annual Ice Bowl on Jan. 7-10.

Despite the main structure of the facility being burned to the ground, an initial statement by track officials is that the Ice Bowl will go on as scheduled.

NeSmith Racing will be officiating the 25th annual Ice Bowl that will feature Super Late Models, the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division, Limited Late Models/Sportsman, Thunder Cars and Hot Shots.

Track officials said the Fire Marshall has been at the track since after day break on Monday to investigate the fire that reports indicated were contained to the Control Tower/Concession Stand building at the start/finish line of the third-mile clay oval.

Once the fire marshals personnel have completed their investigation, the rebuilding efforts will begin with heavy equipment currently standing by to begin the cleanup.  People that include racing competitors and fans with construction abilities have already pledged to volunteer to do whatever is necessary to make Talladega Short Track functional for the 25th annual Ice Bowl on Jan. 7-10.