Emmett "Buddy" Jobe was a 1962 graduate of Chandler High School. In 1985, Buddy purchased the twenty-one year old Phoenix International Raceway. At the time it had 10,000 seats. Under his directorship PIR became one of the top race tracks in the country. Seating was increased to 65,000, and attendance would often top 100,000 spectators. NASCAR and Indy racing was the norm for the track. In 1997, Buddy sold the track to International Speedway Corporation, staying on as President until he retired in 2002.
"If you build it, they will come"
Jobe purchased the famous one-mile paved oval racetrack in 1985 as a land investment, but quickly became enthused about the fabled facility
and its potential as an integral part of Arizona's economy. He quickly began making improvements to the facility with an eye toward
securing a date on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. In 1988, that dream became a reality, followed by the addition of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.
THEY DID COME: Fans fill the stands at Phoenix International Raceway during the 1988 Checker Auto Parts 500 in November. PIR has now been hosting NASCAR races for 20 years