You’ll love NASCAR’s latest bizarre race name

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Just weeks after the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona, NASCAR is set to run the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 at Phoenix.

And we don’t blame you one bit if you need to read over that sentence again, NASCAR fans.

Yes, the upcoming 200-lap Xfinity Series race around the four-turn, 1.022-mile (1.645-kilometer) Phoenix Raceway oval in Avondale, Arizona is officially entitled the Call 811 Before You Dig 200.

This race, scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 13, is scheduled to take place just one month after the race arguably the most bizarre name of all-time took place at Daytona International Speedway.

That race, of course, was the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300, and yes, I punctuated that correctly.

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Fortunately, the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 doesn’t require a bunch of periods to be spelled out properly. But it’s still quite an interesting name, to say the least.

Interesting — and really quite crazy — race names are nothing new in NASCAR, thanks to title sponsorship agreements. So while we can look at some of them and raise our eyebrows and even let out a quick laugh, we can’t neglect to mention the incredible amount of support brought to the sport by those responsible for making those names exactly what they are.

Just take a look at some of the best ones from over the years, shown below.

  • Buckle Up in Your Truck 225
  • Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola
  • Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard
  • Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
  • Crown Royal Presents the [Your Hero’s Name Here] 400 at the Brickyard powered by
  • Spongebob Squarepants 400

The list could really go on and on, but you should get the idea just by looking at those. And if you don’t get it quite yet, it’s looking like the 2021 season will fix that for you.

So make sure not to miss the Call 811 Before You Dig 200. And of course, be sure to call 811 before you dig.

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The Call 811 Before You Dig 200 is set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 from Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, March 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones is the reigning winner of this event, but he won it when it was called the LS Tractor 200.