NASCAR Championship Weekend will stay at Phoenix Raceway for another year. On Tuesday, NASCAR announced the final race weekend of the season will remain at the Avondale, Arizona, circuit for the 2022 season.
Phoenix replaced Homestead-Miami Speedway as the championship weekend in 2020, ending the latter’s nearly two-decade span with that mantle; prior to the switch, Phoenix had been the penultimate race of the year. As a result, all three national series—Cup, Xfinity, Camping World Trucks—and the lower ARCA Menards Series West all hold their season finales at Phoenix. The mile-long track already hosts a regular season date in March for Cup, Xfinity, and ARCA West.
“We’re so proud of the fact that we get to host NASCAR’s biggest weekend, crowning those four champions and celebrating the series, our drivers, our teams,” said Phoenix track president Julie Giese. “It’s going to be a great event. We’re really looking forward to it and honoured that we have the opportunity to host this once again.
“Not only is the weather amazing in Arizona in November, the experience at the race track is second to none. We redeveloped the track a couple years ago and really made it about the fans. We reinvented that fan experience. It was all about immersing our fans into race weekend.”
2020’s Championship Weekend saw a trio of first-time champions as Chase Elliott (Cup), Austin Cindric (Xfinity), and Sheldon Creed (Trucks) won their respective series’ races and titles, while David Gilliland won the ARCA West event in a one-off. The 2021 weekend will run from 5–7 November.