Alabama has fame for many reasons: The Space & Rocket Center, its infamous racist history, the musicians and Muscle Shoals, the universities and the Crimson Tide, but mainly, the Talladega Speedway, or the “Talladega Superspeedway” as they now call it. You want to get anywhere in Alabama? Ask directions and you will find out how to get there from the race track. It’s the major landmark in the state. That’s a given.