Second Camping World West Race Added
Season finale gives Raceway a seventh NASCAR date in coming season
A longtime contributor to the history of the NASCAR Camping World Series West, Phoenix International Raceway has secured the season finale and will host two races on the regional tour in 2010. Each of the two Camping World Series West races at Phoenix International Raceway will align with the track's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekends, with the spring race taking place on Thursday, April 8 and the new autumn race occurring on Thursday, November 11. "We are honored that the NASCAR Camping World Series West has chosen Phoenix International Raceway to host its prestigious season finale," Sperber said. "We are certain that our race fans will be just as excited as the competitors to conclude the season here in the Valley of the Sun." Since Cale Yarborough's win in the track's first series race in 1977 - an event which followed the driver's second Cup Series championship by one week - the Camping World Series West has competed 33 times at Phoenix International Raceway. 24 of those events have taken place as standard races, with the remaining nine being combination events with the Sprint Cup Series between 1988 and 1996. Seven of the nine combination races and eight others between 1977 and 1984 also acted as the season's concluding race. Phoenix International Raceway hosted two events in the series each year from 2003 to 2006. NASCAR Camping World Series West winners at Phoenix International Raceway include Richard Petty (three wins), Bobby Allison, and Ken Schrader, who leads all drivers with four wins in the series at the track. Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and David Gilliland are other past race champions in the Valley of the Sun, and West Coast natives Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are among the drivers to have traversed through the noted feeder division on the way to Sprint Cup success. Tickets to witness the championship atmosphere of the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway - with prices as low as $25 for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - can be purchased online at the newly-designed PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). The PIR Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., just south of I-10 at Exit 131 in Avondale.
Related PIR News
Two-time Olympian and current UFC star Dan Henderson will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car at the start of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 15. Henderson’s appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver, the 44-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval.
Phoenix International Raceway was honored twice in recent weeks by NASCAR for outstanding work in the areas of marketing and community outreach. Earlier this year, PIR's 50th Anniversary was named NASCAR's Marketing Campaign of the Year and the PIR Track Services team received NASCAR's Track Services Teamwork Award; and today, PIR Communications Manager Greg Fresquez received NASCAR's Industry Ambassador Award.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet, is scheduled to appear at Phoenix International Raceway’s Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club for a moderated question and answer session before the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 15.
Phoenix International Raceway hosted up-and-coming driver Ruben Garcia Jr. from the NASCAR Mexico Series as he spoke to more than 2,000 high school students at La Joya Community High School in Avondale on Wednesday, Feb. 18. In addition to his racing background, Garcia talked with the students about the importance of education and pursuing their goals.
Fans coming to the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat prior to the race. That morning, the popular Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum rock group Tonic will perform a pre-race concert in the fan midway area at 10:30 a.m. MST.