Power outage delays NASCAR race at PIR

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway was delayed by more than an hour Friday night due to a power outage.

APS crews were working to restore power to about 1,800 customers in the West Valley.

Half of the raceway lights went dark shortly before the start to the Lucas Oil 150, a truck series race.

Some people in the stands started heading toward the exits, but many dedicated NASCAR fans waited through the blackout.

"The party never stops. The party's always going," one fan told 3TV. "I've been out here since about '96, '97, and this is the strangest start to a race I've seen in a while."

The Lucas Oil 150 is one of this weekend's undercard races. The headline event is the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday.

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Statement from Phoenix International Raceway regarding the power outages at tonight’s race

We are extremely disappointed that tonight’s race was delayed and ultimately shortened by failures in the local power grid. We want to thank the devoted race fans who stayed throughout the race, however PIR and NASCAR both agreed that it was in the best interest of the drivers to call an end to the race after the second power outage, as safety of the competitors is paramount. While we appreciate the efforts of APS and its repair crews to restore service as quickly as possible, having to end the race prematurely is not the experience that our fans expect and deserve.

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Statement from APS

At approximately 6:30 tonight, an outage occurred that impacted Phoenix International Raceway. APS crews responded immediately, assessed the situation and restored power to the racetrack. This outage lasted just over an hour.

At 9:41 p.m. a second outage occurred that lasted 20 minutes, with power rerouted and restored at 10:01 p.m. APS is investigating the cause and regrets any inconvenience.