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8:00 am

RVnGo Camper Load-In

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gift Pickup for all Campers (Zoomtown Market)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gift Pickup for all Campers (Zoomtown Market)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Chaco Flaco Midweek Mixer (Rudy's Trackside)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gift Pickup for all Campers (Rudy's Trackside)

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Music and Games with Rowan & Chris (Rudy's Trackside)

8:00 pm

Family Movie Night // Cars 3 (Outside Gate 3)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Zoomtown Market Open (Campgrounds)

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Merchandise Shopping Open (Entry at Gate 3 - NO TICKET REQUIRED)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gift Pickup for all Campers (Zoomtown Market)

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rudy's Trackside Open (Campers Only)

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Music and Games with Rowan & Chris (Rudy's Trackside)

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Share-A-Coke with Julie (Rudy's Trackside)

7:00 pm

NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade (Campgrounds)

7:30 pm

Chaco Flaco Pedal Party (Gate 2)

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gate 3 Ticket Office Open

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Zoomtown Market Open (Campgrounds)

8:05 am - 8:55 am

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Practice

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Merchandise Shopping Open (Entry at Gate 3 - NO TICKET REQUIRED)

10:00 am

Parking Lots Open

12:00 pm

Gates / Suites / Ally Curve / FanShield Infield Experience* / First Aid Station Open

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Esports Gamer Garage Open (Garage 5 // FanShield Infield Experience*)

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Interactive Garage Experience Open (FanShield Infield Experience*)

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane Photo Opportunity (FanShield Infield Experience*)

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NASCAR Kids Zone Open (FanShield Infield Experience*)

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rudy's Trackside Open

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

The Collective (Midway Stage)

12:45 pm

Q&A W/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champ 4 (FanShield Infield Experience*)

1:05 pm - 1:55 pm

NASCAR Cup Series Practice

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

BOOM! Percussion (Midway Stage)

2:05 pm

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm

The Collective (Midway Stage)

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Music and Games with Rowan & Chris (Rudy's Trackside)

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Corn hole Tournament (Rudy's Trackside)

3:05 pm - 3:55 pm

NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice

4:35 pm

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Introductions

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rudy's Track Side Open to Campers (NO TICKET REQUIRED)

5:00 pm


7:00 pm - 1:00 am

The Barn Brewed By Busch Light (Featuring DJ Squared and Chad Freeman & Redline) Open**

7:00 am

Parking Lots Open

7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Gate 3 Ticket Office Open

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Zoomtown Market Open (Campgrounds)

9:00 am

Gates / FanShield Infield Experience* / Ally Curve / Suites / Busch Light Lounge* / First Aid Station Open

9:00 am - 10:30 am

ARCA Menards Series West Practice & Qualifying

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane Photo Opportunity (FanShield Infield Experience*)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NASCAR Kids Zone Open (FanShield Infield Experience*)

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

360° Camera Photo Opportunity (Midway)

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Rudy's Trackside Open

9:40 am - 10:00 am

Bling Tour Dance, Tumbling, & Cheer Performance (Midway Stage)

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Stacy J Dance Studio Performance (Midway Stage)

10:30 am - 10:50 am

ASU Devilettes Performance (Midway Stage)

10:45 am - 11:30 am

ARCA Menards Series West Autograph Session (Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane // FanShield Infield Experience*)

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Esports Gamer Garage Open (Garage 5 // FanShield Infield Experience*)

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Interactive Garage Experience Open (FanShield Infield Experience*)

11:15 am

Q&A W/NASCAR Xfinity Series Champ 4 (FanShield Infield Experience*)

11:40 am

ARCA Menards Series West Driver Introductions

12:00 pm


2:25 pm - 2:45 pm

Royal Impact/Rising Star Cheer & Dance Performance (Midway Stage)

2:35 pm

NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Music and Games with Rowan & Chris (Rudy's Trackside)

4:00 pm

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying

5:05 pm

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Introductions

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Rudy's Trackside Open to Campers (NO TICKET REQUIRED)

5:30 pm


8:00 pm - 1:00 am

The Barn Brewed By Busch Light (Featuring DJ Squared and Harry Luge) Open**

7:00 am

Parking Lots Open

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gate 3 Ticket Office Open

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Zoomtown Market Open (Campgrounds)

9:00 am

Gates / Hillside / FanShield Infield Experience* / Busch Light Lounge* / Ally Curve / Suites / First Aid Station Open

9:00 am

Esports Gamer Garage Open (Garage 5 // FanShield Infield Experience*)

9:00 am

Interactive Garage Experience Open (FanShield Infield Experience*)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

NASCAR Kids Zone Open (FanShield Infield Experience*)

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

360° Camera Photo Opportunity (Midway)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

180° Camera Photo Opportunity in Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane (FanShield Infield Experience*)

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Rudy's Trackside Open

9:40 am - 10:00 am

BOOM! Percussion Performance (Midway Stage)

10:00 am

O’Reilly Auto Parts Pre-Race Party (Infield & Cross-Over Gates Open*)

10:00 am

Q&A W/Corey Lajoie (FanShield Infield Experience*)

10:30 am

Q&A W/Erik Jones (FanShield Infield Experience*)

10:45 am

Q&A W/NASCAR Cup Series Champ 4 (FanShield Infield Experience*)

10:55 am - 11:15 am

BOOM! Percussion Performance (Midway Stage)

11:40 am

Pre-Race Concert with Dierks Bentley (Pre-Race Stage)

12:25 pm

BOOM! Percussion Performance with DJ Valentine (Pre-Race Stage)

12:40 pm

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Introductions

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Music and Games with Rowan & Chris (Rudy's Trackside)

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rudy's Track Side Open to Campers (NO TICKET REQUIRED)

1:00 pm


5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Barn Brewed By Busch Light (Featuring DJ Squared & Patrick and the Las Vegas Band) Open**

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Kristin Chenoweth singing anthem, Dierks Bentley doing concert for NASCAR race in Phoenix

Kristin Chenoweth will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Chenoweth’s performance in front of a sold-out crowd will follow a pre-race concert by multiplatinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley. 

In a press release, Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese said, "Kristin Chenoweth is one of the most gifted vocalists and performers of all-time. She not only will elevate the stature of our championship race, but she will also undoubtedly deliver a rendition of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ that we will remember for years to come.”

Chenoweth was the original Glinda the Good Witch in the hit Broadway musical “Wicked.” The star won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in “Pushing Daisies” and a Tony Award for her performance in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

She also delivered memorable performances in “Glee,” earning a People’s Choice Award nomination.

In a press release, Chenoweth said, “It’s a tremendous honor to perform our National Anthem for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race. I can’t wait to experience the excitement at Phoenix Raceway and join together with the sold-out crowd to honor our nation.”

Bentley, the local country boy who made good after moving to Nashville in the '90s, is coming home to treat the sold-out crowd at Phoenix Raceway to a pre-race concert at the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race.

A portion of the concert will be broadcast live during the NBC "Countdown to Green" pre-race show.

Bentley hits the stage at 11:40 a.m. for a 45-minute set packed with the chart-topping hits that have made him one of the most popular recording artists of his generation.

Interview:Dierks Bentley on growing up in Phoenix, finding fame in Nashville

In a press release, Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese said, “Dierks Bentley’s journey from The Valley to superstardom is inspiring. We’re excited he is returning home to perform his music and amplify the feel-good, championship atmosphere our fans will generate at Phoenix Raceway.”

Bentley played Ak-Chin Pavilion in August

Bentley last performed in Phoenix in late August when his Beers on Me Tour welcomed fans back to Ak-Chin Pavilion for the first concert that venue had seen since COVID-19 put the touring industry on hold in early 2020.

Bentley launched his career in 2003 with the double-platinum breakthrough hit "What Was I Thinkin'," the first of 11 songs to top the Billboard country charts.

He's earned 14 Grammy nominations and countless awards from the ACMs, CMAs and the Billboard Music Awards.

In a press release, Bentley said, “I can’t wait to get back to my home state of Arizona and perform for all my NASCAR friends and fans. The energy at Phoenix Raceway is unmatched and I’m looking forward to sharing in that excitement.”

NASCAR Championship Weekend

Although the race itself is sold out, fans can still experience NASCAR Championship Weekend on Friday and Saturday.

A limited number of grandstand and FanShield Infield Experience tickets remain for those days, and fans are encouraged to get their tickets while supplies last.

The action begins Friday, Nov. 5, when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crowns its champion in the Lucas Oil 150.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Phoenix Raceway will host two championship events – the Arizona Lottery 100 (ARCA Menards Series West) and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race.  

Following the Bentley concert on Sunday, Nov. 7, the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will air live on NBC and Peacock.

Fans can purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday’s action at Phoenix Raceway at They can also secure their seats for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway by purchasing season tickets.

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Phoenix Raceway

Motorsport track in the United States

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Phoenix Raceway as of 2019

Location7602 S Avondale Boulevard
Avondale, Arizona 85323
United States
Time zoneUTC−7
Former namesPhoenix International Raceway (1964–1973, 1976–2017)
FasTrack International Speedway (January 1973–August 1976)
Jeff Gordon Raceway (November 15, 2015)
ISM Raceway (2018–January 2020)
Major eventsNASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Length1.000[2] mi (1.609[2] km)
BankingStart / Finish Straightaway: 3°
Dogleg: 10–11°
Straightaway from Dogleg to Turn 1: 10°
Turn 1: 8°
Turn 2: 8–9° (Progressive)
Backstretch: 3°
Turns 3 & 4: 10–11° (Progressive)
Race lap record18.8701 [194.975 mph (313.782 km/h)] (Hélio Castroneves, Penske Racing, 2017, IndyCar Series)
Length1.51 mi (2.43 km)
Length2 mi (3.2 km)

Phoenix Raceway is a 1-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona, near Phoenix. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. Phoenix Raceway has also hosted the CART, IndyCar Series, USAC and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The raceway is currently owned and operated by NASCAR.

Phoenix Raceway is home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. It first joined the NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 1988 as a late season event, and in 2005 the track was given a spring date. The now-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was added in 1995 and the now-NASCAR Xfinity Series began running there in 1999.[3]

NASCAR announced that its championship weekend events would be run at Phoenix for 2020, marking the first time since NASCAR inaugurated the weekend that Homestead-Miami Speedway would not be the host track. The track will also hold the championship for the 2021 NASCAR Cup season.


Phoenix International Raceway was built in 1964 around the Estrella Mountains on the outskirts of Avondale. Because of the terrain and the incorporation of a road course and drag strip, designers had to build a "dogleg" into the backstretch. The original roadcourse was 2 miles (3.2 km) in length and ran both inside and outside of the main oval track.[4] The hillsides adjacent to the track also offer a unique vantage point to watch races from. "Monument Hill", located alongside turns 3 and 4 (now turns 1 and 2 due to the tracks 2018 reconfiguration), is a favorite among race fans because of the unique view and lower ticket prices. At the top of this hill lies a USGSbench marker known as Gila and Salt River Meridian, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Long before Phoenix Raceway existed, this spot was the original land survey point for all of what later became the state of Arizona.

Phoenix International Raceway was built with the goal of being the western home of open wheel racing. Sports cars and USAC began racing at the track in 1964, and the track quickly became a favorite of drivers and soon replaced the old track at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.[4] In 1977, the first Copper World Classic was held, a marque event for USACmidget and Silver Crown cars.[6]

In 1973, the track was purchased by FasTrack International, Inc. and renamed FasTrack International Speedway.[7] The name was reverted to Phoenix International Raceway in August 1976 when USAC team owner Bob Fletcher bought the speedway.[8]

NASCAR began racing at Phoenix International Raceway in 1978. However, it was not until 1988 when NASCAR's premier series, now the NASCAR Cup Series, began racing at the track. Following the announcement of NASCAR being added to the track schedule, Phoenix International Raceway built a 3-story suite building outside of turn 1 and increased grandstand capacity to 30,000. A year prior, the track's main grandstand was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, reconstruction was finished in time for the first NASCAR cup race. That first race was won by Alan Kulwicki where in his celebration he performed the first "Polish Victory Lap".[6]

Phoenix Raceway infield in 2004

In 1991, the old 2.5 miles (4.0 km) road course was removed and replaced by a 1.51 miles (2.43 km) infield road course. In 1996 the grandstand capacity was increased to 65,000. International Speedway Corporation (ISC) officially took ownership of Phoenix Raceway from Emmett "Buddy" Jobe in April 1997. Racing at Phoenix International Raceway began to dramatically change in 2003. Turn 2 was reconstructed by pushing back the outside wall to make racing safer. The wall originally came to an end where the old road course crossed the oval track. At the same time, an access tunnel was built under turn 4. Previously, vehicles had to use crossover gates and pedestrians used a crossover bridge. In 2004, NASCAR announced it would give a second annual race weekend to Phoenix International Raceway starting with the 2005 season. Following the announcement, the track installed lights to allow the newly scheduled NASCAR race to be run in the evening. The addition of a second NASCAR racing weekend had dramatic effects on the economy of the state of Arizona. A study at Arizona State University estimated that Phoenix International Raceway brings in nearly $473 million annually to the state. 2005 would also become the last year that a major open-wheel racing series would race at PIR, until it was recently announced that the track will return to the schedule for the 2016 IndyCar season. Despite the 2006 departure from the schedule, the track was still used by IndyCar for testing purposes.[6]

In 2006, the Allison Grandstand was expanded from turn 1 to turn 2, increasing the reserved seating to 76,800. Included with the expansion is "Octane", an exclusive lounge on top of the grandstands overlooking turn 1. In 2008 Phoenix International Raceway added the SPEED Cantina, a one-of-a-kind at-track sports bar and grill, outside turn 2. In early 2010, some of the grandstands along the backstretch were removed to allow additional room for recreational vehicles, thus the seating capacity dropped to around 67,000.[6]

On June 11, 2015, Phoenix International Raceway announced the track would be renamed to Jeff Gordon Raceway for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 in tribute to Gordon, who was contesting his last NASCAR season as a full-time driver in 2015.[9]

On January 30, 2017, Phoenix International Raceway and ISC announced a $178 million renovation called the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. The project was completed in October 2018, just in time for their November race weekend.[10] It was also noted that the facility would be referred to as Phoenix Raceway moving forward, signaling the removal of International from the track's name.[11]

New amenities after it was completed:[12]

  • Grandstand seating capacity will be 45,000.
  • upgraded Club, 32 renovated suites and 19 new suites.
  • New escalators and elevators, in addition to the existing elevators that will be upgraded.
  • New souvenir areas, a new First Aid and EMS location, a new Guest Services area, as well as multiple new restrooms, including ADA restrooms.
  • New Fanzone located in the infield.
  • New DC solar fan midway.
    • New Busch Garage, new Corporate Hospitality, and new Guest Services and Ticketing buildings.
  • Technology upgrades planned for the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar include flat screen TVs throughout common areas, a new PA system and free Wi-Fi available throughout all common areas including the DC Solar Fan Midway, Infield and in-seat Wi-Fi.

Additional changes to the track after the project was completed:

  • Removal of the former front stretch grandstands.
  • Moving of the start / finish line to the area between the old turns 1/2 and the dogleg, thus flipping the turn numbering.
  • Reconfiguration of pit road to include:
    • Moving the pit entrance down the new backstretch (former front straightaway) and the exit to just past the new start / finish line.
    • Extending pit road stalls around the new turn 4 (former turn 1) and to just past the new start / finish line. The majority of the pit stalls will be on a curve and prior to the start / finish line.
    • Tightening of the radius of pit road through the new turn 4 (former turn 1)

In September 2017, PIR formed a partnership with Ingenuity Sun Media (ISM Connect) to rename the track to ISM Raceway starting in 2018.[13] On June 22, 2018 IndyCar announced it will not return to ISM in 2019 due to mediocre races and poor attendance.[14]

On January 28, 2019, it was revealed on ISC's 2018 annual report that the raceway's track seating was reduced from 51,000 to 42,000.[1]

On March 26, 2019 it was announced that starting in 2020, the track will become the host of the NASCAR championship weekend.[15]

On January 3, 2020, the track mutually agreed to terminate the naming rights agreement with ISM Connect and its name reverted to Phoenix Raceway.[16]

Movies and television[edit]

Phoenix was only mentioned in the episode Drive, Lady, Drive on the TV show CHiPs even though they used Riverside International Raceway as the stand in and racing footage from Ontario, Daytona and Atlanta. Phoenix was also in the movie Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Track renovation and length[edit]

  • Road course before renovation in 2011

  • Oval track before renovation in 2011

  • Track after renovation in 2011

  • Track after renovation in 2019

The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) road course that ran on both the inside and the outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 miles (2.43 km) interior layout. Phoenix Raceway currently has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 51,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend.

In November 2010, ISC and the Avondale City Council announced plans for a $100 million long-term development for Phoenix International Raceway. $15 million would go towards repaving the track for the first time since 1990 and building a new media center. The plans also include a reconfiguration of the track.[17] The front stretch was widened from 52 feet to 62 feet (19 m), the pit stalls were changed from asphalt to concrete, the dogleg (between Turn 2 and Turn 3) was moved outward by 95 feet (29 m), tightening the turn radius of the dogleg from 800 feet to 500 feet (152 m). Along with the other changes, progressive banking was added to the turns: Turns 1 and 2, which had 11 degrees of banking, changed to 10 degrees on the bottom and 11 degrees on the top. Turns 3 and 4, which had 9 degrees of banking, changed to 8 degrees on the bottom and 9 on the top. Project leader Bill Braniff, Senior Director of Construction for North American Testing Corporation (NATC), a subsidiary of Phoenix International Raceway's parent company International Speedway Corporation, said "All of the changes – including the adjustment of the dog-leg – will be put in place in order to present additional opportunities for drivers to race side-by-side. We’re very confident that we’ll have multi-groove racing at Phoenix from Day 1 because of the variable banking that will be implemented.”[18][19] The infield road course was also sealed off and removed from use, making Phoenix International Raceway an oval-only facility.[18] The reconfiguration project was completed by mid-August 2011, and on August 29–30, five drivers tested the new track, describing the new dogleg and backstretch as a "rollercoaster" as now when they enter it dips, then rises on exit and dips down going into turn 3, due to the elevation changes. On October 4–5, several NASCAR Cup Series teams tested the oval which was open to the public. Over $7 million went towards connecting the track property to the Avondale water and sewer systems. Work began following the 2011 Subway Fresh Fit 500.[17] The reconfiguration in 2011 increased the banking slightly, removed the road course entirely and removed the grass and curbing inside of the dogleg, giving sanctioning bodies the option of whether or not to allow drivers to shortcut the dogleg and run on the now-paved apron that replaced the grass.

Renovations in 2018 reconfigured the pit road and infield areas, and moved the start/finish line to just coming out of what was turn 2 (now turn 4), before the dogleg.

The owner of the track and NASCAR specify the oval length as exactly one mile. However, after a 2016 INDYCAR Test in the West, INDYCAR measured the track as 1.022 miles (1.645 km).[20] That was the first IndyCar race after the renovation in 2011, in which the dogleg was extended outwards. In 2019 the oval track was rebuilt again and the start / finish line was relocated. The length of the oval was not changed. Before the renovation in 2011, the racetrack was also accepted by USAC, CART and IndyCar with a length of exactly one mile.

Racing events[edit]

Current events[edit]

Previous events[edit]

  • Atlantic Championship (1991–1995)
  • Barber Pro Series (1992–1996, 2001)
  • Can-Am (1987)
  • CART
  • Grand-AmRolex Sports Car Series
    • The GAINSCO Grand Prix (2000–2006)
  • IMSA GT Championship
    • Exxon World Sports Car Championships (1992–1995)
  • IndyCar Series
  • Indy Lights
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
  • ARCA Menards Series West
    • Casino Arizona 50 (1978–1984, 1988–1996, 2003–2004, 2010–2014)
    • Talking Stick Resort 75 (1998–2014)
  • NASCAR Mexico Series
  • NASCAR Autozone Elite Division | Southwest (1988–2006)
  • SCCA Formula Super Vee (1980–1990)
  • Trans-Am Series (1995–1997)
  • USAC IndyCar
  • USAC Honda National Midget Championship
  • USAC Stock Car (1968, 1970)
  • USAC Mini-Indy Series (1977–1978)
  • U.S. F2000 National Championship (1990, 1992, 1997–1999, 2003)

NASCAR Cup Series stats[edit]


(As of 3/14/21)

* from minimum 5 starts.

Race winners[edit]

  • (*) Rain-shortened event
  • (**) Race extended due to green-white-checker finish
  • a April race extended to 375 laps (600 km)
  • b November 2011 races when track reconfigured to 1.022 miles

Track records[edit]

RecordDateDriverTimeSpeed/Avg. Speed
IndyCar Series
Qualifying- 2 lapsApril 28, 2017Hélio Castroneves37.7538194.905 mph (313.669 km/h)
RaceMarch 19, 2005Sam Hornish Jr.1:30:24137.753 mph (221.692 km/h) (before reconfiguration)
Indy Lights
Qualifying- 2 lapsApril 1, 2016Kyle Kaiser43.8334167.872 mph (270.164 km/h)
RaceApril 2, 2016Kyle Kaiser36:57.9123149.297 mph (240.270 km/h)
NASCAR Cup Series
QualifyingNovember 13, 2015Jimmie Johnson25.147146.308 mph (235.460 km/h)
RaceNovember 7, 1999Tony Stewart2:38:28118.132 mph (190.115 km/h) (before reconfiguration)
NASCAR Xfinity Series
QualifyingNovember 14, 2015Kyle Busch25.992141.933 mph (228.419 km/h)
RaceNovember 4, 2000Jeff Burton1:44:13115.145 mph (185.308 km/h)
NASCAR Truck Series
QualifyingNovember 13, 2015Erik Jones26.179137.515 mph (221.309 km/h)
RaceNovember 7, 2002Kevin Harvick1:24:26108.104 mph (173.977 km/h) (before reconfiguration)
ARCA Menards Series West
QualifyingNovember 12, 2011Greg Pursley26.894136.804 mph (220.165 km/h)[21]
RaceOctober 5, 2003Scott Lynch1:18:46114.262 mph (183.887 km/h) (before reconfiguration)
QualifyingApril 1, 1995Bryan Herta19.019181.952 mph (292.823 km/h) (before reconfiguration)
RaceApril 12, 1987Roberto Guerrero1:26:56138.020 mph (222.122 km/h) (before reconfiguration)
QualifyingOctober 27, 1978Danny Ongais36.285145.513 mph (234.180 km/h)
RaceNovember 4, 1972Bobby Unser1:27:32127.618 mph (205.381 km/h)

NOTE: Calculations based on the 1.022 mile standard established in 2016 by INDYCAR.

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Phoenix Raceway announced Sunday that the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Nov. 7 is fully sold out, marking the earliest sellout in the history of the track.

The emphasis here is on fully. There are no more grandstand seats, the hospitality suites are sold out and the hillside is full. The FanShield Infield Experience? Again, fully booked.

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“I think this says a ton about our fans,” said Julie Giese, NASCAR Vice President of Track Marketing and Phoenix Raceway President. “It’s exciting coming off of last year’s race, where we only had a limited capacity, and we were well on our way to a sellout then, too. I’m really happy for our team and proud of our team. And most of all, I’m happy that we’ll see all of our fans back with us.”

It’s been quite the journey for Phoenix Raceway and surrounding community since NASCAR announced in 2019 that the 1-mile facility would host the title race for all three NASCAR national series beginning in 2020.

So while November will mark the second consecutive year NASCAR’s three national series conclude their season with a title race in the desert, it’s the first without capacity restrictions. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with local health protocols, capacity was capped.

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Those in attendance last year saw Sheldon Creed capture a dramatic Truck Series championship; Austin Cindric rally with a beautiful restart in NASCAR Overtime to capture his first Xfinity Series title; and Chase Elliott cap an amazing end-of-season run for his first Cup Series championship.

Community support for the event has never wavered, Giese said, and has in fact strengthened during the pandemic — from local police and fire departments having custom badges and messaging on trucks, to the Avondale community and state of Arizona leaning in to embrace a premier championship weekend in the area.

“I think we had an expectation of how much the community was going to support us, and it’s surpassed my wildest imaginations on what this community can do around an event,” Giese said. “Just seeing the support we have from cities of Avondale and Phoenix and state of Arizona, so many people coming together to make this event as big and special as it can be. It’s fun to see that culminate and come together.”

Phoenix Raceway opened in 1988 and has hosted 50 races at NASCAR’s highest level — two per year since 2005.

The track reconfigured its mile-long oval ahead of its fall race in 2018, shifting the start-finish line to what was formerly the exit of Turn 2. And the distinctive track’s races in recent years have also put the expansive apron in the dogleg before Turn 1 into play — an enticing option for those willing to make dive-bomb passing attempts.

Those track changes were part of a larger $178 million renovation that put an emphasis on fan amenities and accessibility.

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And it’s the fans that makes this weekend so special for Giese.

“I can’t wait to see the fans and I can’t wait to have a full facility so those fans can witness a championship event and fully be part of it,” Giese said. “For so many of them, it’ll be their first championship event. In a way it’s the first for even those fans who were with us last year. I’m really looking forward to celebrating with them.”

This year’s Championship Weekend kicks off Friday, Nov. 5, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at 8 p.m. ET. The Xfinity Series (along with ARCA Menards Series West) crowns its champion on Nov. 6, followed by the NASCAR Cup Series’ culmination and coronation on Nov. 7.

A limited number of grandstand and FanShield Infield Experience tickets remain for Friday and Saturday during NASCAR Championship Weekend. Fans can purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday’s action at Phoenix Raceway at and can also secure their seats for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway by purchasing season tickets.



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