NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend

NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend

Mar 20 - 22, 2020
Starting: 9:00 AM

By: Harvey Fialkov | Nov 5, 2019

NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 200, 300 and 400 Championships

Start your engines and set your GPS toward the Homestead-Miami Speedway to witness the most exciting weekend of the year in the season-ending NASCAR Ford EcoBoost Xfinity Series Championships 200, 300 and 400 races. This is the only venue on the planet where racing fans can watch three NASCAR champions crowned on the same track over one thrilling weekend.

Before you begin your cooking for Thanksgiving, come experience a feast of championship racing beginning with the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship Race on Friday, Nov. 15. Smell the aroma of burning rubber and gasoline as NASCAR’s next generation of stars battle over 200 breathtaking miles that the whole family can enjoy.

Last year, Brett Moffitt dominated the field. Although the green flag is dropped at 8 p.m., a full day of festivities on and off the track begin at 9 a.m. Purchase tickets.

Far more delectable than an appetizer will be served on Saturday Nov. 16, when fans are invited to watch the Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race, where driver’s names and careers are carved in this treacherous 300-mile race. Four of the approximately 40-driver field will be going head-to-head for the prestigious championship which will move them a step closer to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Last year, Tyler Reddick crossed the finish line first in this culmination of the 33-week NASCAR Xfinity series. Reddick will try to ward off hungry up-and-comers like Christopher Bell and Cole Custer. Gates open at noon and the green starting flag drops at 3:30 p.m. Purchase tickets.

Fasten your seat belts for the most delicious main course on Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race - 40 drivers will be surpassing speeds of 180-mph as they traverse the 1.5 mile track covering 400 miles. Just the top-four point leaders in the Monster Energy standings will vie for the coveted title and follow in the footsteps of racing legends such as Jimmie Johnson, Richard Petty and the late-great Dale Earnhardt, who share the record with seven Cup Series championships.

Last year, Joey Logano, nicknamed Sliced Bread, in his No. 22 Ford Mustang GT for Team Penske, passed defending champion Martin Truex Jr. on the 78th lap before cruising to Victory Lane. Logano had finished second to Johnson in 2016. “It’s an amazing night,” Logano said after the race, while hoisting the silver chalice trophy with then infant son Hudson in it. “I know what second felt like and I know how much it stinks. I didn’t know what winning felt like, but it feels really, really good.”

Truex, now driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, hopes to repeat, as does Kyle Busch, but Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, ‘The Closer,’ are hot on their heels to capture their first season-ending Cup Series title. Gates open at 10 a.m. and racing’s grandest spectacle begins at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets.

Fans are welcome to watch pre-race practices which are sometimes as exciting as the actual race. View the complete schedule.

Prior to Sunday’s championship race, fans will be entertained by country music greats, the Gin Blossoms, who will give a one-hour concert on the front-stretch stage. Check out the Championship Weekend Fan Guide.

All weekend, fans can enjoy iHeart Media Fan Village near the Gate 4 entrance, where they can partake in interactive racing games, view Wynwood-like art while hanging out watching football in a sports bar.

Perhaps the coolest view of the championship races where fans can watch drivers enter the final turn is at the Infield Beach Party, a ticketed area nestled alongside an infield lake between Turns 3 and 4 that will feel like you’re on the sand at South Beach.

The Kids Zone is located in the midway where the youngest NASCAR fans can hop on carnival-like rides, receive a toy through NASCAR’s toy launch and visit Zoo Miami for an up-close meeting with live animals.

Vintage car enthusiasts will be displaying their prized Fords of all models in Sunday’s Ford Car Show with the winners being chosen by celebrity judges such as Jack Roush, Edsel Ford II and racing champion Tony Stewart.

On Saturday and Sunday fans will be treated to pre-race breathtaking flyovers, first by 2 F5 VF Sundowners out of NAS Key West and on Championship Sunday, four F16s from the 93rd Fighter Squadron out of Homestead Air Reserve Base.

For the second consecutive year, fans will have a tailgating option on the picturesque infield and the long line of RVs experience continues to be a staple along Palm Drive.

For fans who want an inside look they can sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Many premium seating options are available, including individual share suites or cabanas, Speedway Terrace, Champions Club, Infield Tailgate and Pit Box seats on the start/finish line.

General parking is free and opens at 6 a.m. VIP lots are available.

Each racing day will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display that will rival any found on 4th of July.

After 18 years of hosting the season finale event, next year the Homestead-Miami Speedway 2020 Cup race will be held on March 22, making next month’s three-day extravaganza even more historic.

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