Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Heat Host NASCAR Night on November 1

For more than two decades, Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami Heat have been mainstays of South Florida’s sports scene. On Tuesday, November 1, they’ll team up to give racing and basketball fans alike an unforgettable NASCAR Night at American Airlines Arena.

In addition to seeing the Heat square off with the Sacramento Kings, racing fans have plenty of reasons to cross over from the track to the court for the event. Once again, the XFINITY East Plaza will be a must-visit destination for fans, featuring a pre-game appearance by XFINITY Series drivers, autograph sessions and photo opportunities. Plus, visitors to the plaza at halftime will have the chance to win free tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race November 19.

The energy of the night won’t be lost on two NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers scheduled to appear. Blake Koch, driver of the No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing, is a classic “local boy makes good” story, having grown up in West Palm Beach and attended Royal Palm Beach High School as well as Northwood University. So he quickly embraced the opportunity to return to south Florida and bring smiles to a few young faces.

“I couldn’t be more excited to go to Miami for NASCAR Night. It’s always great to be able to give back to the community, especially being able to be a part of something as special as visiting the Boys and Girls Club,” Koch said. “It also allows us to give back to Comcast and XFINITY, who have done so much for our Series. It's awesome to be able to represent them, as well as celebrate making it this far in the Chase."

For Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress racing, the night will be a return to the hardwood. He saw the court 25 times as a member of Georgetown University’s basketball team, playing for coach John Thompson and alongside Allen Iverson – both hall-of famers.

Fans can buy tickets for NASCAR Night with the Miami Heat online via Ticketmaster and in person at the AmericanAirlines Arena ticket office. For tickets to the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, call (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visit