Race fan hasn't missed a race at PIR in 50 years

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- It's been 50 years since Phoenix International Raceway opened up, and there have been a lot of changes over the years, not just the cars, but the track itself.

Larry Ogburn has seen PIR through all of its changes and can easily be called the ultimate fan.

“I'm very proud when I think I've been coming here 50 straight years, wow,” Ogburn said.

Larry was only 12 when PIR opened. It was at the age of 12 when he watched his first race and hasn't missed one since.

“A lot has changed, old wood grandstands, I can remember the media center. I describe it as a tough shed on stilts,” Ogburn said.

Even though things have changed over the years, Ogburn's desire to watch every race hasn't.

“My grandson, 22-year-old grandson, said, "You should go another 25 years," and I thought that would be very cool,” Ogburn said.

Upcoming events:
Nov. 7 - The Lucas Oil 150, the Camping World Truck series at 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 - The Disabled Veterans 200, the Nationwide Series race at 2 p.m.
Nov. 9 - The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, the Sprint Cup Series race at 1 p.m.