MIAMI – Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when Kyle Busch earned the first Sprint Cup Series title of his career. This year, Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 18-20, to once again make its mark on history as NASCAR crowns champions in the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Tickets for the three-day championship event will go on sale to the public this Wednesday, May 4.
For the first time in Homestead-Miami Speedway history, four drivers will be vying for a championship on Friday in the Ford EcoBoost 200, Saturday in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400. With the prominent success of NASCAR’s refurbished playoff format in the Sprint Cup Series, which was instituted in 2014, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series have adopted similar Chase formats starting this year, which will also feature four drivers competing for a championship amongst a full field in each series.
“Ford Championship Weekend has been packed with drama for many years, and the revamped format for the Sprint Cup Series Championship has taken this intensity to new levels over the last two years,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “We have seen Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015) rise to the occasion in must-win situations, providing our fans with unprecedented excitement. Now, with this ‘Championship 4’ format also coming to both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series for this year, there promises to be more enthusiasm than ever. With a sold out venue for the Ford EcoBoost 400 the past two years, we anticipate the demand for tickets will be at an all-time high for a weekend full of championships and fun for the entire family.”
Ford Championship Weekend will commence on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. with the Camping World Truck Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 200. Then on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m., the XFINITY Series will hold its championship finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300.
The Championship 4 will then lay it all on the line in the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m., when drivers battle for 267 frenzy-filled laps to determine the 2016 Sprint Cup champion.
Ford Championship Weekend provides fans the conclusion to a season unlike any other major sports event. Tickets to the three-day championship tradition can be purchased by visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223).
There are numerous activities Homestead-Miami Speedway provides that make for a fun and exciting weekend including half-price Sunday tickets for kids 12 years and younger in reserved grandstands, flexible payment plans and exclusive benefits for 3-day packages. Other amenities include:
Kids Free on Friday and Saturday – Kids 12 years and younger are admitted for FREE in general admission grandstand sections to both Friday’s Camping World Truck Series championship and Saturday’s XFINITY Series championship
Half-Price Saturday and Sunday – Kids 12 years and younger are admitted for half-price in reserved grandstand sections to both Saturday’s XFINITY Series championship and Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series championship
Flexible Payment Plan – Allows fans to pay in four installments with just 25% due at time of purchase
Exclusive Benefit for 3-day Package – Fans purchasing a 3-day package will have on-track access for the post-race celebration for all three championship finales
Ford EcoBoost 400 Start Time – With a 2:30 p.m. start time for the championship finale, fans have more time to enjoy the at-track experience, including tailgating, interactive displays, on-track Pit Passes and pre-race ceremonies
FanVision Fan Zone – The FanVision Fan Zone package adds to the experience of Ford Championship Weekend with driver appearances, a pre-race pit pass, giveaways, food, beverages and a FanVision rental
Guided Garage Tour – Fans are provided with the opportunity to upgrade their championship experience. This add-on package gives you behind-the-scenes access, including a guided tour through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Friday or Saturday and a Racing Electronics headset.
*Editor’s note: B-roll and photos from the 2015 Ford Championship Weekend are available via our FTP site for your editorial purposes.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The track, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015, is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track is active nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway each of the past 14 years (2002-15) at Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2015 were Kyle Busch (Sprint Cup Series), Chris Buescher (XFINITY Series) and Erik Jones (Camping World Truck Series). The 2016 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 18-20.
About “Driving for a Cause”
“Driving for a Cause,” the charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway, operates under the auspices of the NASCAR Foundation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Homestead-Miami Speedway will continue each of its charitable activities, including its in-kind donations to local groups, support of Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics unit, and its program where organizations can work track events in exchange for a donation to their group or cause. Applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c) (3) charities as part of the 2016 “Driving for a Cause” grant program are now being accepted, through July 27. Applications can be found at