The UAW Ford 500 is held at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.Click Here to Buy UAW Ford 500 race NASCAR Tickets
It is one of four other races that run with restrictor plates, the others include the Pepsi 400, Aaron's 499 and the Daytona 500. The first race started in 1969, and it is currently sponsored by UAW and Ford. The 188-lap race covers 500.08 miles and until 1987 was known as the Talladega 500. For one year after it was called the Talladega DieHard 500, before becoming the DieHard 500 from 1990-1997. The Winston 500 took its place from 1998-2000, and the EA Sports 500 was its name from 2001-2004.
The UAW Ford 500 is preceded by the Banquet 400 and followed by the Bank of America 500. Through the 1996 season, the race usually took place in early August or late July. It was moved in 1997 to early October because of fans' request to avoid the hot summer heat. There were also unpredictable summer thunderstorms in Alabama during that time of year. In 1998 the race name switched with the name of the spring race, and the Winston 500 was how the fall race was known to promote Winston's No Bull 5 program.