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Talladega’s Grant Lynch To Retire At Conclusion Of ‘Transformation’ Infield Project
September 12, 2018
Grant Lynch, the Speedway Chairman who joined the staff at Talladega Superspeedway in January of 1993, will retire after more than a quarter century of service to the track, the local community and the state of Alabama.
Talladega’s Grant Lynch To Retire At Conclusion Of ‘Transformation’ Infield Project

Grant Lynch, the Speedway Chairman who joined the staff at Talladega Superspeedway in January of 1993, will retire after more than a quarter century of service to the track, the local community and the state of Alabama in November of next year — just weeks after the completion of Transformation, the Talladega Superspeedway infield project.

“I have had a wonderful ride here at Talladega, and the time has gone by so fast,” Lynch said of the track which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season. “We have always tried to make this place the very best it can be for the fans, our local communities, and for everyone involved in the sport of NASCAR, as well as ARCA.”

During his reign, Lynch has overseen many changes and updates to make the mammoth track the best in NASCAR as well as the most fan-friendly. Items include the building of garages (1999) as well as the construction of new grandstands with comfortable fold-out chairs and video boards. Also over the course of his tenure, the track’s second major weekend was shifted from summer to the fall and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made its debut in 2006. There’s also been a host of fan programming that was introduced such as the “Big One on the Blvd.,” the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, Kids VIP, Military & First Responders and Teacher & Educator Appreciation.

Lynch started as the track General Manager in ’93 and was promoted to Vice President of ISC and President of Talladega Superspeedway in November of the same year. In 1997, ISC also appointed him to oversee the construction and management of Kansas Speedway, and in January of 2000, he assumed additional operational responsibilities with Chicagoland Speedway before being named ISC Senior Vice President of Business Operations in July of 2007. In July 2009, he became Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway.

Transformation, the approximate $50 million redevelopment endeavor, is part of International Speedway Corporation’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes.