Camping World 500: 5 things to know before you go to Phoenix International Raceway

Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 19:00:20-04

Race fans, are you ready?

The Camping World 500 Nascar weekend comes to Phoenix International Raceway, March 17-19.

If you're headed over, below is everything you need to know about getting there, buying tickets, entertainment and food!

Related: PIR to undergo $178M renovation prior to 2018 season.


When is it? March 17-19
Where is it? Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale AZ 85323
How much is it? Tickets for Sunday's Camping World 500 start at $25. Tickets for Friday's & Saturday's races start at $5 - $10.


Besides the races, PIR will also host musicians and entertainers throughout the weekend. There will also be Q&As and autograph signings.

Musical entertainment:

  • Thursday, March 16
    7 p.m. - The Crown Kings at Busch Garage
    9 p.m. - Harry Luge at Busch Garage
  • Friday, March 17
    7 p.m. - Black Beards Delight at Busch Garage
    9 p.m. - Christopher Shayne at Busch Garage.
  • Saturday, March 18
  • 7 p.m. - Donny Grubb Band at Busch Garage
    9 p.m. -  Harry Luge at Busch Garage


On Sunday, six Nascar riders will take the Budweiser Roll-Bar stage before the start of the race for a quick 15-minute Q&A. The club is open to Grandstand ticket holders. The schedule is below:

Roll-Bar Stage:

Sunday, March 19

  • 8:45 a.m. - Ruben Garcia Jr.
  • 9 a.m. - Michael McDowell
  • 9:15 a.m. - Daniel Suárez
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kevin Harvick
  • 9:45 a.m. - Jimmie Johnson
  • 10 a.m. - Jeffrey Earnhardt


On Friday, there will be two autograph sessions. One at 11:30 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. at the DC Solar Power Pavilion (formerly Fan Midway). The second session is for children 12 and younger.


Since the Camping World 500 falls over the St. Patrick's Day weekend, the PIR chefs will serve a specialty dish, The Lucky LeprechaunDog.

It is a deep-fried hot dog, topped with corn beef and a "lucky green bacon mustard sauce." It is $6 and 950 calories.

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