New NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying date and time to debut

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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.

A full copy of the weekend fan schedule is attached to this release.

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).

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