The opening of Alabama International Motor Speedway-better known as Talladega-was to be a grand affair. That was until the Professional Drivers Association voted two days prior to the Talladega debut that they would withdraw. Bill France, Sr. demanded that anyone not racing on Sunday immediately leave the track. As a result, 32 Grand National racecars left, leaving 13 Grand National cars and 23 GT race cars. Of those 13 GN cars was Richard Brickhouse in the number 99. It would be Dodge's first victory at Talladega and Brickhouse's only GN victory.Brickhouse was at Talladega for the 30th anniversary of that victory as well as the announcement of Dodge's return to NASCAR's premier series-Winston Cup.