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Weekend NASCAR race to bring economic boost

A weekend NASCAR race is bringing in a needed economic boost.

Fans are expected to spend millions in restaurants, hotels and other local businesses in anticipation of the Advocare 500, scheduled for Nov. 11 at Phoenix International Raceway.

"It's the semi-final race in the NASCAR season in the chase for the Sprint Cup and it's a really close race," said Dave Lockett with PIR.

According to Lockett, past studies have shown the economic impact of hosting two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends in Phoenix has generated more than $400 million.

"Thousands of race fans will descend upon the Valley for the event," he said. "We attract fans from not only all over the state and the region, but around the country. People love to come. They're already out, their RVs parked in our parking lots, getting ready for the festivities."

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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