Abbie Parr | Getty Images
Phoenix Raceway announced on Sunday that the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship race on November 7 was sold out, marking the first sold-out sale in track history.
The emphasis here is on fully. There are no more seats in the grandstand, the reception suites are full and the hill is full. The FanShield Infield experience? Again, complete.
RELATED: Learn More About Championship Weekend
“I think that says a lot about our fans,” said Julie Giese, vice president of track marketing for NASCAR and president of Phoenix Raceway. “It’s exciting to come out of last year’s race, where we only had limited capacity, and then we were on our way to a full house. I am really happy for our team and proud of our team. And above all, I’m happy to see all of our fans coming back with us.
It’s been quite a journey for Phoenix Raceway and the surrounding community since NASCAR announced in 2019 that the 1-mile facility will host the title race for all three NASCAR National Series starting in 2020.
So, while November will mark the second year in a row that all three NASCAR National Series have concluded their seasons with a title race in the desert, it is the first without capacity restrictions. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with local health protocols, capacities were capped.
RELATED: Memorable Moments In Phoenix
Those in attendance last year saw Sheldon Creed win a spectacular Truck Series championship; Austin Cindric rallies with a nice restart in NASCAR Overtime to win his first Xfinity Series title; and Chase Elliott crowns an incredible end-of-season race for his first Cup Series championship.
Community support for the event has never faltered, Giese said, and has in fact grown during the pandemic – with local police and fire departments having personalized badges and messages on the trucks. , to the community of Avondale and to the state of Arizona leaning in to embrace a premier weekend championship in the region.
“I think we expected how much the community was going to support us, and it was beyond my wildest imaginations of what this community can do around an event,” said Giese. “Just seeing the support we have from the cities of Avondale and Phoenix and the state of Arizona, so many people are coming together to make this event as big and special as possible. It’s fun to see this culminate and come together.
Phoenix Raceway opened in 1988 and has hosted 50 races at the highest level in NASCAR, two per year since 2005.
The track reconfigured its mile-long oval ahead of its fall run in 2018, moving the start-finish line to what was once the exit of Turn 2. And the track’s distinctive races in recent years have also put the expansive apron in the front dogleg Put 1 into play – an attractive option for those who wish to dive bomb overtaking attempts.
These lane changes were part of a larger $ 178 million renovation that focused on equipment and ventilator accessibility.
RELATED: Information About Phoenix Raceway
And it’s the fans who make this weekend so special for Giese.
“I can’t wait to see the fans and look forward to having a full set-up for these fans to attend and be a full part of a Championship event,” said Giese. “For many of them, this will be their first championship event. In a way, it’s the first even for the fans who were with us last year. I can’t wait to celebrate with them.
This year’s Championship Weekend kicks off Friday, November 5 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 Series at 8 p.m. ET. The Xfinity Series (with ARCA Menards Series West) crowns its champion on November 6, followed by the climax and crowning of the NASCAR Cup Series on November 7.
There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the FanShield Infield Grandstand and Experience for Friday and Saturday during NASCAR Championship Weekend. Fans can purchase tickets for the Friday and Saturday action at Phoenix Raceway at www.phoenixraceway.com and can also reserve their seats for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway by purchasing season tickets.