130-foot-high race control tower at ISM Raceway demolished

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The 130-foot-high race control tower at ISM Raceway was demolished Tuesday, making room for a brand-new tower structure as part of the $178 million ISM Raceway project. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The 130-foot-high race control tower at ISM Raceway was demolished Tuesday, making room for a brand-new tower structure as part of the $178 million ISM Raceway project. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
This is one of the key remaining construction milestones before completion of the ISM Raceway project. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) This is one of the key remaining construction milestones before completion of the ISM Raceway project. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The tower was demolished at 10 a.m. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The tower was demolished at 10 a.m. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
AVONDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The 130-foot-high race control tower at ISM Raceway was demolished Tuesday, making room for a brand-new tower structure as part of the $178 million ISM Raceway project.

[WATCH: Old control tower at ISM Raceway goes out with a bang!]

NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton personally demolished the control tower with heavy construction equipment. This is one of the key remaining construction milestones before completion of the ISM Raceway project.

[RELATED: ISM Raceway: What's new at the raceway ahead of Spring Race Weekend]

[READ MORE: ISM Raceway project now underway, redesigned infield to open late 2018

The tower was demolished at 10 a.m. 

The scoreboard tower and 6,000-square-foot media center were previously demolished as part of the project.

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[MORE: Renovations, name change bring a new look and feel to Phoenix Raceway]

Other new additions to the raceway include a new hospitality suite, infield fan experience and much more.

The opening weekend of the new ISM Raceway during the Can-Am 500 is Nov. 9 through 11.

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