New NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying date and time to debut at SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ event weekend

PHOENIX – Four days of NASCAR action will return to Phoenix International Raceway next month, Feb. 24-27, headlined by the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ Sprint Cup Series race on Feb. 27. The event schedule, which occurs one week after the DAYTONA 500, showcases a different NASCAR series race each day: Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and the K&N Pro Series West.
PIR also announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will move from its previous spot on Friday to 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 – prior to the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Race at 3:30 p.m. The move will allow more fans to enjoy Sprint Cup time trials.
The SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, Feb. 27. Spectator gates open at 8 a.m. for Sunday’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™.
Set to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 is the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Spectator gates will open at 11 a.m., giving fans the chance to view NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 12:05 p.m. before Sprint Cup qualifying.
On Friday, Feb. 25, the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event begins under the lights at 6 p.m., with practice at 9 a.m. and qualifying at 3:05 p.m. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and fans will also have the chance to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series practices at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Race weekend action will begin on Thursday, Feb. 24 with the Phoenix 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener at 4:30 p.m. Spectator gates will open at 9 a.m., giving fans the opportunity to watch the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and qualifying at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets to the exciting Feb. 24-27 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 866-408-RACE (7223).

About Phoenix International Raceway
Since 1964, Phoenix International Raceway has served race fans as the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest. Watch the brightest stars in NASCAR take on PIR’s famed one-mile oval – including five-time defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart and many more – on Feb. 27, 2011 in the Subway Fresh Fit 500™. Tickets for the entire Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at Phoenix International Raceway can be purchased online at or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). For more, visit, and