A look inside "Zoomtown USA"

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Race fans began showing up Monday with motor coaches, tents and trailers to "Zoomtown USA" for the weekend festivities out at Phoenix International Raceway.

Over 6,000 campers have filled the area around PIR with 100,000 spectators expected for Sunday's race.

To make sure that campers have the best experience, Safeway set up a pop-up store out on the campgrounds.

"We are really trying to make it as close to home as possible," Nancy Keane of Safeway said.

When asked what the most popular items are, Keane said, "Definitely beer ranks very very high and on top of that a lot of beef. Anything you like to put on the grill, we have it here at the Safeway store at Zoomtown."

For those who don't know what to wear to the races, there will be 18 PIR merchandise tents with items for men, women, and kids.

For spectators that have a favorite driver, each driver will have a merchandise truck near the entrance.

PIR merchandise tents are open at 10 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday. They are located all around the raceway.

22-year-old local driver Chad Boat will take the track as a Nationwide Series driver this weekend. Boat started his racing career here in Arizona.

"It's exciting to come back and experience PIR as a driver running the Nationwide Series Race this weekend," Boat said. "I started racing when I was 5. It's been a thrill. It's the opportunity of a lifetime."

3TV's Ryan O'Donnell also talked to Larry Ogburn Friday, a PIR fan that has been to every race since the track opened 50 years ago.

"I've been coming to PIR for 50 straight years. I was 12 years old when I first sat in those wooden grand stands here," Ogburn said.

Upcoming events:
Nov. 7 - Lucas Oil 150
Nov. 8 - DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans
Nov. 9 - Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

For more information, visit www.phoenixraceway.com.