Great news for Chase, NASCAR: All grandstand seats for Cup race at Phoenix are sold out

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Next Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup race is likely to be the hottest ticket in Phoenix in a long time.

Phoenix International Speedway president Bryan Sperber announced Sunday that the track has sold out all of its grandstand seats for next Sunday’s race.

Not coincidentally, enthusiasm is likely going to be sky high, as it will be the final race of the Eliminator Round and will set the final four drivers for the winner-take-all championship race in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

“The excitement generated by the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format and by Phoenix hosting the final Eliminator race in the Chase has made the demand for tickets very strong,” Sperber said in a media release.

“Every race, we hear from drivers and team owners how much they enjoy coming to Phoenix and racing in front of sold-out grandstands, and we are grateful to our fans for their ongoing support of Phoenix International Raceway,” Sperber added.

PIR has a seating capacity of approximately 67,000.

But if you want to still see the final Sprint Cup elimination race of the season before Homestead and don’t want to pay scalper prices, there’s still hope:

Sperber said there are still some general admission tickets to sit on PIR’s Hillside area, which rises above Turns 3 and 4 and could give fans what could be one of the most scenic vistas of any racetrack in the country.

A bit of advice to fans if they want to watch from the overlook: make sure you bring folding chairs or at least blankets to sit on the hillside. Oh yes, and LOTS of sunscreen.

While seating for the Cup race is sold out inside the track, there are still seats available for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, in which 18-year-old rookie Chase Elliott could clinch the championship.

Elliott, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer inductee-elect Bill Elliott, leads second-ranked Regan Smith by a massive 48-point lead in the NNS standings after Saturday’s race at Texas.

There are also seats available for Friday’s next-to-last Camping World Truck Series race of the season, as well, Sperber noted.

Matt Crafton can mathematically clinch the Truck Series championship at Phoenix.

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Final Rolex 24 results by class

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For the third time in four years, Wayne Taylor Racing is victorious in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Kamui Kobayashi drove the team’s No. 10 Cadillac for the race’s final three hours, and won by more than a minute over the No. 77 Mazda of Oliver Jarvis. Loic Duvall finished third in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac.

Joining Kobayashi in victory lane were co-drivers, Regner van der Zande, Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe.

Here’s a look at some of the winners in the other classes:

LMP2: 

The No. 81 Dragonspeed ORECA crossed the finish line first in the five-car LMP2 class, with Ben Hanley winning by two laps over the second-place Mathiasen Motorsports entry driven by Gabriel Abury. Nic Minassian finished third in the No. 18 Era Motorsport entry.

Dragonspeed’s winning team also included co-drivers Colin Braun, Harrison Newey and Henrik Hedman.

GTLM:

For the second consecutive year, BMW RLL took the GLTM class honors, as Jesse Krohn took the checkered flag in the team’s No. 24 BMW M8 GTE. Krohn was joined by co-drivers John Edwards, Augusto Farfus and Chaz Mostert.

Porsche Teammates Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy finished second and third, respectfully.

GTD:

The Andrea Caldarelli took the class honors in the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Paul Miller Racing, finishing ahead of Marco Mapelli and Mirko Bortolotti.

Caldarelli’s co-drivers included Bryan Sellers, Corey Lewis and Madison Snow.

Click here for full race results by class

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