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Phoenix Raceway Having Talks With NASCAR About Moving Spring Cup Race Back To April

Phoenix Raceway Having Talks With NASCAR About Moving Spring Cup Race Back To April

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SMI-owned Phoenix Raceway and NASCAR have had "preliminary discussions" about "moving the track’s spring weekend to April" from the mid-March date it has had since '15, according to Michael Knight of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. While "nothing is likely to happen for next year," there is little doubt the track "would eventually love to reclaim the mid-April Saturday evening date it enjoyed" from '05-10. Yesterday's grandstand crowd for the Monster Energy Cup Series Camping World 500 was estimated to be 45,000, "about the same as last season." Phoenix Raceway "competes in March with the Cactus League and numerous other sports and entertainment events." It also is the "end of the winter tourism season, which typically is accompanied by peak rates for resorts and hotels in the Phoenix area" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/20).

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