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Drivers, fans prepare for Nascar race weekend at PIR

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The sights, the sounds, the smells: it's race weekend at PIR.

Nascar's Subway Fresh Fit 500 is Sunday, after Saturday's Nationwide Series race.

With a roar, an engine comes to life at PIR.

You don't just hear it, you feel it.

Standing in the infield of PIR the track, you're surrounded by a garage area for the Nationwide Series. Cars are everywhere with people are working on them.

The woman who'll be driving race car number 70 is Johanna Long, of Pensacola, Fla.

She's only 20-years-old, but she's a seasoned veteran.

Cars, trucks, go-carts, she's been racing just about anything on wheels since she was eight.

"At Daytona, we were at 180 to 190, three-four wide, it gets intense. This is my background tracks, like this in Phoenix, you know, it is a short track. You are bumping, moving people out of the way; my type of racing," said Long.

The race is a thrill for the thousands of fans who roll in from all over, setting up an instant city around the track.

"Last year there was a guy from Montana, he said he comes every year," said Mike Goodrich, a race fan.

"Well, it is a relaxing atmosphere, cheer for your favorite team, most people are nice, you don't get into a lot of bar fights," said Ron Paul, a race fan.

SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500
March 3
Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, AZ
1-866-408-RACE (7223)
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