Its NASCAR weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are 17 fast facts for the first timer or seasoned NASCAR race goer:
NASCAR stands for the “National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.” NASCAR is the main governing body for stock car racing in the United States. NASCAR was created by William H.G. (Bill) France. NASCAR runs multiple national series, the Sprint Cup Series is regarded at the top level, while the AXALTA Series is below it. Money collected from fines throughout the year is donated to charity. In 2011, Scarborough conducted a study which found that NASCARs fan base is composed of 63 percent male and 37 percent female. Forty-four percent of NASCAR fans are between the ages of 18 and 44 years old while NASCARs TV audience has the highest share of women, approximately 37 percent. The first NASCAR race was held on a 3/4 mile
So… Spring break is in full effect in Arizona and NASCAR is at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The unique combination of great weather, time off work or school, and the thrill of stock cars going 200 plus miles per hour has brought together all walks of life to enjoy the sport and the culture that goes along with it.
Part of that culture includes tailgating.
Tailgating is not exclusive to NASCAR events or NASCAR fans but rather is a common practice at any large sporting event. It typically consists of drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages in the parking lot before the event. Usually there is good food involved and its nothing short of a good time.
While a pick up truck may come to mind when you think of tailgating, rest assured, what began as a fun pre-game get together with friends has morphed into “professional parting.” This explains why you see so
NASCAR has taken over the valley of the sun and it seems as though everyone is at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this weekend. Whether its your first time at PIR or your twentieth, here are some fast facts you may not have known about the track:
The track was completed in January of 1964 and opened as a home for open-wheel racing. The first NASCAR race wasn’t until 1988. PIR features a tri-oval design which is the result of some design constraints around the track-mountains on one side, a road course and drag strip on the other. The frontstretch length of the track is 1,179 feet, the backstrech length is 1,551 feet, while the pit road length is 1,140 feet. The total distance driven by the race cars in one lap is a mile. The track also has variable banking. Turns 1-2 have a 10-11 degree angle while 10-11 degree is also seen
Kyle Busch dominated the AXALTA Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, securing his ninth win in the XFINITY Series in phoenix.
According to Busch, his participation in the Saturday races help get him prepared for the following Sprint Cup race on Sundays, however he notes that its not as easy as it looks and it definitely was not today as Busch’s teammates almost seemed to be breathing down his neck the entire race. “They were fast, and they made me drive me car as hard as I could all day long. I never could give up, or take it easy out there in order to try to save some stuff. They were pushing me.”
Busch attributes the win to great communication between himself and Chris Gayle in addition to the Camry. “We didn’t quite qualify on the pole, but that’s not what pays the
Having completed the first three races making up the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, drivers and teams are now focused on the 1-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway for the next event, currently underway, the Good Sam 500.
Previously in Las Vegas, drivers had to endure high winds and a dust storm. Team Penske dominated as Brad Keselowski won the race, followed by teammate Joey Logano.
At this point in the series, the cars have been using the new lower downforce package and six drivers have finished in the top ten at each race while other drivers have suffered devastating blows and are in need of a change.
Here are drivers to watch this weekend at the Good Sam 500:
1. Matt Kenseth
Kenseth won the Sprint Cup in 2003 and over his career has had seemingly random results at PIR but has secured one victory in phoenix. In his last nine starts at
According to the 2016 NASCAR rules 40 cars is a full field meaning all 39 cars on the entry list should qualify for Sunday’s Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the fourth event in the 2016 Sprint Cup season.