Phoenix Raceway , along with parent company International Speedway Corporation, announced on Monday a massive, $178 million modernization project designed to make the fan and race experience even better. The project is set to debut in the fall of 2018, but drivers, teams and other tracks were already talking about it. Here's what was said on social media. Interesting changes. Hoping for a little extra elbow room in that Cup garage. https://t.co/HHjnS2nUhT — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) January 30, 2017 https://t.co/WJN2nVm4er — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) January 30, 2017 Huge announcement from @PhoenixRaceway ! https://t.co/Jsstu1XoV6 — Watkins Glen Int'l (@WGI) January 30, 2017 This is awesome! https://t.co/oFHxnqADrh — Auto Club Speedway (@ACSupdates) January 30, 2017 Super Excited for @PhoenixRaceway Can't Wait to See Those Checkered Flags in the Desert!!! https://t.co/Qc577OOZLf — Martinsville Spdway (@MartinsvilleSwy) January 30, 2017 https://t.co/jBiS1ZdTBN — Richmond Raceway (@RIRInsider) January 30, 2017 There are major upgrades coming to @PhoenixRaceway in the next 2 yrs! The S/F line will also be repositioned. #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/pvUMdERdHK — Red Horse Racing (@RedHorseRacing) January 30, 2017 We're loving this @PhoenixRaceway ! #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/ItYd7jvxXJ — Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) January 30, 2017 #NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton: "We're very honored to be a part of this and are excited about what it holds." #PhoenixRacewayProject — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) January 30, 2017 . @joeylogano On The New Start/Finish Line: Turn 3 will get very interesting...You'll see a lot of slide jobs + excitement on the racetrack! — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) January 30, 2017 Lots of changes coming at PIR! Check 'em out: https://t.co/nptsujOCDs : @PhoenixRaceway pic.twitter.com/BGEwZyeT9v — Furniture Row Racing (@FRRacingTeam) January 30, 2017 We're beyond excited for the changes that are coming to @PhoenixRaceway ! #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/StUAopGVOI — Toyota Racing (@ToyotaRacing) January 30, 2017 . @Daniel_SuarezG "The big investment will be amazing for the fans...They will get to interact more with the drivers." #PhoenixRacewayProject — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) January 30, 2017 Have you seen these newly announced changes coming to @PhoenixRaceway ? Looks awesome!! #NASCAR https://t.co/zyfrl3bBfS — LeavineFamilyRacing (@LFR95) January 30, 2017 " Phoenix has been a great place for me with amazing fans; this investment by @PhoenixRaceway is going to be great for the fans!" pic.twitter.com/W6HW3mEiJl — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) January 30, 2017 Class photo with everyone in attendance at today's announcement. @PhoenixRaceway pic.twitter.com/8T2cahqe8I — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) January 30, 2017 Big news from our friends @DCSolar and @PhoenixRaceway ! See below #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/BLHWGSMe3c — Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) January 30, 2017
MORE: Buy tickets for the March race RELATED: Fast facts on Phoenix project PHOENIX , Ariz. -- Officials with International Speedway Corp., and Phoenix Raceway jointly announced plans for a $178 million facelift for the 1-mile facility on Monday that focuses on improving the fan experience while also including a competition twist that will see the relocation of the track’s start/finish line. The facility, located in Avondale, Arizona, annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends, and has hosted what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 1988. The track's first 2017 race weekend is scheduled for March 17-19 and will feature the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series .
RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " Detailed breakdown Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Team Penske Ford team could face penalties this week after his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride failed post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday night. The No. 2 failed weights and measures after Keselowski piloted it to a fifth-place finish. No other cars failed post-race tech inspection. Ryan Newman's No. 31 race-winning Chevrolet, Kyle Larson's runner-up No. 42 entry and Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Ford will all head back to NASCAR's R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further routine inspection.
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At least 10 teams expected at track Wednesday RELATED: Buy tickets for Darlington At least 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are expected to participate in a one-day open team test Wednesday at Darlington Raceway . The historic 1.366-mile track, the first paved speedway to feature NASCAR competition, will host the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, Sept. 6. Drivers scheduled to take part in this week's test are: Aric Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports ), Greg Biffle ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing ), Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Kyle Busch ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Jimmie Johnson ( Hendrick Motorsports ), Joey Logano ( Team Penske ), Jamie McMurray ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). The test is scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. ( UPDATE: End time pushed up to 4:45 p.m. ET because of expected showers.) Biffle, Bowyer, McMurray and Newman will also be on hand Tuesday for a single-day Goodyear tire test. "This is a great, free opportunity for fans to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams race around our famed oval for the first time in nearly 14 months," track president Chip Wile said. "This will be the only time the teams and drivers will be able to see Darlington before the series returns on Labor Day weekend." The Sprint Cup Series hasn't visited Darlington since April of 2014. An offseason schedule change moved the event back to the holiday weekend, a spot it held on the schedule for more than 50 years. The open test will be the seventh of the season. Future single-day tests are scheduled for Richmond International Raceway , Chicagoland Speedway , Bristol Motor Speedway , Homestead-Miami Speedway , Kansas Speedway , Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway . Nearly all of the tests follow one- or two-day Goodyear tire tests at the individual tracks. The Richmond team test, scheduled for June 17, is a recent addition. Meanwhile, a two-day Goodyear tire test at Bristol was changed to a single-day open team test (July 30). NASCAR banned private team testing for 2015, developing the National Series Master Unified Test Schedule instead to provide teams an opportunity to work with this season's new rules package. Only one team from each Sprint Cup organization is allowed to participate in the open team tests. The four teams taking part in the Goodyear portion are the only ones from their organizations allowed to participate in the open test, if they choose. "With the Bojangles' Southern 500 being the second-to-last race before the Chase cutoff, I'm sure the teams will be looking for a little something extra to get to … Victory Lane and potentially secure a Chase berth before times runs out," Wile said. Two sections of the Colvin Grandstands, located on the backstretch, will be open to fans. Kevin Harvick , 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, is the defending winner of the Bojangles' Southern 500 . In addition to the Sprint Cup race, Darlington Raceway will also host the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday, Sept. 5. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Rookie NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Bobby Zalenski scored his first victory at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday night, holding off Ray Alfalla and Ryan Luza on two late-race restarts. Zalenski took the lead on a restart with ten laps to go when leader Andrew Fayash missed a shift. Logan Clampitt, who was restarting second, also moved alongside Fayash as the three raced door-to-door into Turn 1. Zalenski had such a sharp angle into the corner he could not keep his car on the bottom which led him to hit Clampitt, spinning the erstwhile series leader out of contention. Zalenski escaped with minimal damage and had the race lead, but he would need to execute on one more restart with the two strongest drivers in 2017 thus far right behind him. The green flew with five laps left but before Alfalla and Luza could challenge for the win, Michael Conti spun Fayash entering Turn One leading to a race-ending caution. Alfalla finished runner-up, right in front of Luza as both rebounded from their problems at Texas. Dylan Duval finished fourth and Zack Novak was fifth, the first time either driver has finished in the top five this season. Matt Bussa started on pole and led the race to the green flag, building a comfortable lead on Luza during the opening laps. Bussa led the entirety of the first run, only relinquishing the lead to pit for tires and fuel on Lap 53. However, Bussa would not return to the front after the stops as several sim racers short-pitted including Michael Conti, who assumed the lead. A caution on Lap 59 brought nearly all the lead lap cars back into the pits for tires with Conti leading the pack off pit road. Conti would restart third but only took one lap to pass Adam Gilliland and Marcus Richardson to retake the lead. Unlike the first run when Luza kept in touch with Bussa, nobody came close to matching Conti's speed on the long run as the No. 5 drove off and left the field. Like Bussa, Conti led until pitting for routine service on Lap 106 and just like the first round of stops, a caution interrupted the pit cycle before it was complete, costing Conti and other frontrunners some track position. The final 40 laps were quite the wreckfest as drivers tried to gain positions after restarts. Chris Overland held the lead briefly but Fayash got by shortly after the restart. Despite not showing speed early in the race, Fayash looked quite strong out front and led until his unfortunate missed shift and subsequent crash one restart later. Luza is back on top of the standings thanks to his third-place effort and Clampitt's troubles. He leads Zalenski by five points while Clampitt slips to third, seven points adrift. Alfalla sits fourth, but is within striking distance as he is only 13 points out of the lead. Darik Bourdeau rounds out the top five, 32 points back. Next up is a date with Richmond International Raceway , the second-consecutive short track on the schedule. Look for many of the same faces to be up front as Luza, Alfalla, Clampitt and Zalenski look to break away from the field. With 2017 looking like one of the most competitive NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series seasons ever, can anyone break away and become the favorite for the sim racing title? Find out in two weeks on iRacingLive!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- International Speedway Corporation announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has approved a multi-year redevelopment project to elevate the fan and spectator experience at Phoenix International Raceway , the company's 52-year-old motorsports venue. The redevelopment is expected to focus on new and upgraded seating areas, vertical transportation options, new concourses, enhanced hospitality offerings and an intimate infield experience with greater accessibility to pre-race activities. The redevelopment of PIR was previously discussed as part of ISC's capital allocation plan during its third quarter fiscal 2016 earnings conference call. The capital allocation plan, which covers fiscal years 2017 through 2021, includes $500 million of capital reinvestment in the company's 13 existing facilities, including PIR. The redevelopment project at PIR is expected to cost approximately $178 million, including maintenance capital and before capitalized interest. The project will contribute between approximately $8.5 million and $9.0 million in incremental EBITDA to ISC's profitability in its first full year of opening. The project is expected to commence in early 2017 and be complete in late 2018. Specifics concerning the PIR redevelopment project scope, capital investment and returns will be released at a later date, as details are finalized, and further discussed on ISC's fourth quarter fiscal 2016 earnings call in January 2017. " Phoenix Raceway provides a one-of-a-kind setting for some of the most exciting and thrilling races that the sport has to offer," said ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. "This project will further enhance that experience and ensure that the venue continues to be a treasured destination for race fans." In addition to fan and spectator areas, PIR is exploring improvements for competitors and industry personnel, particularly key structures located throughout the infield. "We are energized about the changes that we are bringing to Phoenix Raceway and we think the fans will be too," said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. "The race track itself will remain unchanged as one of the most exciting circuits in motorsports, but we will modernize much of the venue and provide our fans with a high-quality, leading-edge experience." Additional details on the redevelopment are scheduled to be announced in January.
RELATED: Complete schedule for Phoenix Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Phoenix International Raceway . WEATHER The National Weather Service predicts an ideal weekend for racing (and, really, an ideal weekend, in general). Friday should be sunny with a high of 81, while Saturday and Sunday have identical forecasts of sunny with a high of 82. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The first practice will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App), with another pair of practices coming Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Coors Light Pole Qualifying is at 6:45 p.m. ET Friday (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Sunday's main event, which is the final race in the three-race Round of 8, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App) XFINITY Series: The first practice is Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBCSN Sports App) with final practice later that day at 4:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Saturday is a busy day for the field with Coors Light Pole Qualifying beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) ahead of the 200-mile race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App), which is the third in the Round of 8 of the XFINITY Series Chase. Camping World Truck Series: Friday is the only day of action, kicked off by two practices, at 11:30 a.m. ET (FS2) and 3 p.m. ET (FS2). The third race of the Round of 6 of the Camping World Truck Series Chase is Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FS1 with Keystone Light Pole Qualifying just before at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS2). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Phoenix media center at NASCAR.com/presspass . Drivers who will be among the scheduled sessions Friday include Chasers Joey Logano at noon, Kurt Busch at 12:15 p.m., Matt Kenseth at 12:30 p.m., Denny Hamlin at 3:30 p.m. and Kyle Busch at 3:45 p.m. Click here for a full schedule. LAST TIME Dale Earnhardt Jr . encountered the perfect storm at this race a year ago -- just as a storm was brewing -- to wrest the win away from Kevin Harvick . The race was delayed from afternoon to evening because of rain, and ended with just 219 of 312 laps completed before the rain returned. Earnhardt came to pit road for fuel and tires one lap before Joey Gase and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . crashed in Turn 3 to bring out the second caution of the race on Lap 196. While on pit road, Earnhardt crossed the scoring line at the flag stand before Harvick, who had dominated with 143 laps led. And when other lead-lap cars came to pit road under the yellow, Earnhardt inherited the top spot, with Harvick second and Joey Logano third. Before track workers could complete clean-up from the accident, rain began to fall, and NASCAR called the race after the light precipitation became a deluge. At the time, it was the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race under the current format to be called early because of rain (last week's race at Texas has since joined that list). It was Earnhardt Jr.'s third win of the season, but he already had been eliminated from the Chase. Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Kurt Busch and Logano all were eliminated from the Round of 8 in Phoenix . Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . joined Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon in advancing to the Championship 4. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Kevin Harvick has been the most dominant driver at any track of late with six victories at Phoenix International Raceway since the track was reconfigured in 2011 (and he's won there eight times overall). He's led 1,079 laps since the November 2012 race that kicked off his streak of dominance -- 51.3 percent of all laps run in 10 races. • This is the final race in the Round of 8, before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is cut to the Championship 4 for the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have clinched spots in the Championship 4 by virtue of their victories at Martinsville and Texas, respectively, and two spots remain up for grabs. • Of the six drivers still vying for a spot in the Championship 4 -- Harvick, Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth , Kurt Busch and Joey Logano -- only Logano has never won at Phoenix International Raceway .
RELATED: Full race results from Phoenix MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend AVONDALE, Ariz. – Before Friday, Alex Bowman had never won a pole in NASCAR's premier series. Before Sunday, he'd led only nine laps in 79 career starts. Friday at Phoenix International Raceway , he won his first Sprint Cup pole; two days later, he nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the Chase in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway . But contact with Kyle Busch and then race leader Matt Kenseth on an overtime restart sent Kenseth's Toyota up the track and into the wall. The skirmish cost Bowman three spots, and he lost another on the final, race-ending two-lap run. "Our car didn't really take off on restarts all day long very well," Bowman said after his impressive sixth-place finish, a career best for the 23-year-old in Sprint Cup competition. "So we had to make our way back up through there … we got to second at the end and had that caution come out."
RELATED: Chase Grid " Chase Bubble Watch Practice 3 recap " Results " Best consecutive 10-lap average Kyle Busch led final practice in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway . Busch turned a fast lap of 136.358 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the 1-mile track where Sunday's Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will determine the final two drivers in the Championship 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski (136.286 mph) and Joey Logano (136.204 mph) finished second and third, respectively. The No. 2 Ford will line up 14th on Sunday, while the No. 22 Ford of Chase driver Logano will start fourth. Pole winner Alex Bowman , who ran 50 laps during the session, was fourth in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 136.044 mph. Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon rounded out the top five at 135.977 mph. Kyle Larson brought out the caution flag when his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet spun in Turn 2, but it appeared to avoid contact with the outside wall. Larson, a non-Chase driver, finished seventh in the session at 135.747 mph. Other Chase drivers had the following finishes in final practice: Matt Kenseth (10th), Jimmie Johnson (11th), Kevin Harvick (14th), Carl Edwards (15th), Kurt Busch (20th) and Denny Hamlin (22nd). Johnson (Martinsville) and Edwards (Texas) are locked into the Championship 4 by virtue of their wins earlier in the Round of 8. Practice 2 recap " Results " Best consecutive 10-lap average Martin Truex Jr . led Saturday's first of two Sprint Cup Series practice sessions at Phoenix International Raceway ahead of Sunday's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Round of 8 elimination race. With a top speed of 135.476 mph, Truex Jr. topped the speed charts in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in preparation for the Cam-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio). After having pre-qualifying inspection trouble Friday that prevented him from making a qualifying run, Truex Jr. will line up 40th Sunday. Truex was eliminated from the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the Round of 12. Brad Keselowski , who suffered the same Chase fate, was second fastest at 135.410 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. With only Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards locked into berths for the season finale at Homestead-Miami, the top Round of 8 contender on the speed charts in this practice session was Joey Logano in fifth at 135.014 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Two more drivers eliminated in the Round of 16 filled out the top five, with Jamie McMurray third at 135.105 mph in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and teammate Kyle Larson fourth after hitting 135.059 mph in the No. 42. Kurt Busch , who almost certainly needs a win to advance to the Championship 4, was ninth fastest Saturday afternoon with a top speed of 134.786 mph in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. He will start 12th on Sunday. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;