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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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.