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Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix International Raceway Logo
Location 7602 South Avondale Boulevard
Avondale, Arizona 85323
Capacity 67,000
Owner International Speedway Corporation
Opened 1964
Major events Sprint Cup Series
Camping World 500
Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
Xfinity Series
Blue Jeans Go Green 200
DAV 200
Camping World Truck Series
Lucas Oil 150
"D"-shaped Tri-oval
Length 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface Asphalt
Banking Turns 1 & 2: 10-12°
Turns 3 & 4: 8-9°
Backstretch: 10-12°
Frontstretch: 3°

Phoenix International Raceway (or known as PIR), is a one mile tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. It opened in 1964, but wasn't used by NASCAR until 1988, with the first race won by the late Alan Kulwicki. After winning, Kulwicki debuted his Polish Victory Lap. It is an unusual tri-oval shape, more like a "D" shape. This is because the owner did not wish to alter the infield road course to accommodate a traditional NASCAR oval. In the past, several leagues including the NASCAR Southwest and the USAC Silver Crown Series have been hosted at the track. It has since been used by the Indy Racing League and an infield road course has been used by the Grand American Road Racing Association. The infield road course was redesigned in 1991, taking it's current form on 1.51 miles long and 11 turns. In 1996, the capacity of reserved seats at the track grew to over 65,000 and in 1997, the track was bought by the ISC. In the summer of 2003, the wall coming off turn 2 was moved out to increase the safety of the drivers. In the winter of 2004, lights were installed at the track to accommodate the first of two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series dates of 2005. In 2005, the track hosted a second NASCAR race, replacing the spring race formerly held at Darlington Raceway, in South Carolina. After the 2005 season, the Bobby Allison grandstand was expanded in the vicinity of Turns 1 and 2. After the March 2011 race, construction on the track began by paving over the grass below the backstretch dogleg. The 2014 Phoenix race was the first race to include qualifying with multiple cars on track other than Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen.

Major eventsEdit

RecordsEdit

NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesEdit

  • Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 26.499 sec(135.854 mph), 2004
  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, 2 hrs. 38 min. 28 sec(118.132 mph), 1999

NASCAR Nationwide SeriesEdit

  • Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, 26.872 sec(133.968 mph), 2009
  • Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1 hr. 44 min. 13 sec. (115.145 mph), 2000

NASCAR Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

See alsoEdit

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