Things To Do

Top 5 things to do at NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend

The adrenaline rush as the checkered flag flies and the NASCAR race cars whizzing by at lightning speeds is pretty hard to beat. This is really why race fans will flock to Homestead Miami Speedway Nov. 18-20. So what’s there to do before the races or once they’re over? We’ve got you covered, read on and find out what else is going on that weekend:

Three Championship Races

NASCAR will be crowning champions in all three of its top national series — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Races kick off Friday at 8 p.m. with The Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race followed by the XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race Saturday at 3:30 p.m. It all culminates with the explosive Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race Sunday at 2:30 p.m. This is the first year that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the host site for of NASCAR’s Championship 4 races in the XFINITY Series Chase and Camping World Truck Series Chase.

The Band Perry Pre-Race Concert

The pre-race concert is a time-honored tradition at Ford Championship Weekend headlined this year by Grammy-winning artists The Band Perry. The sibling trio will perform their hits “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life” along with plenty of others at the pre-race concert Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. Fans with a pre-race pit pass will have access to the track’s front stretch for concert viewing.

Ford Car Show

Car fanatics can get their fill of more than just fancy cars on the track. For the fourth year in a row, fans are invited to show off their souped up Ford cars at the Ford Car Show on Nov. 20 starting at 9:30 a.m. Prepare to be wowed by muscle cars like the classic Mustang and Ford’s popular trucks. A panel of judges including Sprint Cup Series team owners Jack Roush and Edsel Ford II will evaluate entrants in a variety of categories including the coveted “Best of Show.”

Jeff Gordon Q&A Session

Definitely set aside time on Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. for an appearance by race car driving legend Jeff Gordon at the FanVision Fan Zone. The Q&A session with the future of Hall of Famer is the perfect opportunity to ask Gordon about his 23-year career which includes 93 victories and a record 797 consecutive career starts. If that doesn’t make you gush then ask him about his four NASCAR Cup Series championships.

Fanatics Shopping Experience

You can’t attend NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend without taking home a few souvenirs. What kind of fan would that make you? Make sure to visit the Fanatics Trackside Superstore, a 60,000-square-foot retail packed with merchandise from NASCAR’s most popular drivers. The Superstore also includes new specialty sections for ladies, kids, die-casts, hats and tailgating gear.