It’s okay to make a few right turns out of your Scottsdale vacation rental on your way to Phoenix International Raceway to see NASCAR’s top drivers fight for critical points at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 this March 2nd through the 4th. This early-season race is less than an hour away from the city of Scottsdale, so there’s no reason to miss the action. Here are just a few reasons to head on out to the track.

Phoenix International RacewayThe Excitement: There’s nothing quite like the roar of 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars revving their engines at the starting line – or the blast of air as your favorite driver rockets by at nearly 200 miles per hour. Last year, after a grueling 312 miles, Jeff Gordon’s Chevy edged Kurt Busch and his Combos Toyota by a mere 1.1 seconds to take the checkered flag. Whether it’s a critical pit stop with five laps to go or a driver making a desperate push to the inside on the final turn, there’s no end to the action in a race like this.

The Atmosphere:  NASCAR diehards from all over the United States follow their favorite drivers from track to track, bringing the sounds, tastes and smells of their hometowns wherever they go. In the parking lots outside the raceway, fans share hot food, cold beer and great stories. Even a Sprint Cup novice will have a great time.

The Hospitality: The fun at Phoenix International Raceway doesn’t begin and end with the race itself. For those who feel like getting a bit rowdy, live music abounds at the Budweiser ROLL Bar just behind the west grandstands. And if you like adrenaline with your fries, the Turn 4 Wine Trackside Club provides unlimited food and drink, which you’ll enjoy from seats that put you right next to the cars as they trade paint at high speeds.

So step on the gas when you visit the city of Scottsdale this month and head on over to Phoenix International Raceway for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Just make sure all the excitement doesn’t get you too revved up on the way home. It’d be no fun explaining your lead foot to one of Arizona’s finest as you sit bathed in blue and red light a half mile from your Scottsdale vacation rental.