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 Stolen Pace Car. Talladega, Alabama
Steve Cavanah

Stolen Pace Car. Talladega, Alabama

In this photo you see the "stolen pace car" approaching the road block set up coming out of turn 4. Also, note the "Alabama State Trooper" on the motorcycle in the grass beyond the road block. He plays a role in this too.

Everybody was ready to race and the moment had come to give the command "Gentlemen Start your Engines". Suddenly, the pace car took off. With the PA remaining silent, nobody knew what was going on. As the pace car came off of turn 4, he was running wide open, and as he approached the tri-oval the "Alabama State Trooper" on the motorcycle took off after the pace car. The pace car and the Trooper went into turn 1 side by side, but the pace car had the advantage. I think the Trooper made a mistake staying on the apron through turn 1 and 2,but He did go through 3 and 4 on the bank wide open and gaining. {I have always wondered how many laps it would have taken for the "Alabama State Trooper" on the motorcycle to catch the stolen pace car) On the second lap the "Alabama State Trooper" cheated. He stopped in the tri-Oval and got on the radio, and turned around going the wrong way on the track headed for turn 4. Where he had a road block set up. At about the same time the PA came alive to explained, what was going on, I shot this photo.

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Paul 26-Jun-2013 18:43
I was at that race as well. It was one of the few races I ever went to.
Dan Barfield 24-May-2009 21:49
I met the guy who borrowed the pace car on a job a couple of years ago and got his autogragh. Everyone calls him "pace car" He's a good ole Bama boy that you don't want to ride with. Who would not have jumped at that one in a million chance. Every one was lined up to go, and the guy in the pace car got out to talk to someone and "pace car" jumped in. Everyone says he looked good comming out of the turns. The troopers beat the hell out of him, but he says it was worth it.
Zonya Ponder27-Jun-2006 05:13
Very cool capture!!! Enjoyed,thank you for sharing:)