TALLADEGA, AL (WBRC) - Less than 24 hours after Chase Elliott became the final Talladega winner to get the champagne there, demolition began on Victory Lane.
On Tuesday, Superspeedway Chairman Grand Lynch waved the green flag as NASCAR legend Bobby Allison took the first dig to demolish the iconic structure, where so many winners were showered with champagne and confetti over the years.
A new victory lane is in the cards for the Fan Experience, which is expected to be built in time for the October race. The Fan Experience will also allow race fans who buy that package to get up close to drivers, dine at the Open Air Club, and will also see a complete renovation of the media center.
Allison, who lives in North Carolina now, says Talladega will always be home to him and he’ll always love any upgrade the management makes to the track.
"I want to tell you what, that was really fun, to take a big chunk of the old Victory Lane out of here, been back under good circumstances a few times, and that was good," Allison told reporters.
“I just appreciate the upgrading they keep doing to this place, some of the other places around this circuit. Of course, this will always be home, so I love whatever they do here,” Allison added.
Allison has driven numerous vehicles over the years - race cars, street legal cars, trucks, he’s even piloted airplanes.
But Monday was the first time he ever operated a backhoe.
Gatorade Victory Lane is expected to be demolished by the end of this week.