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The 2018 Can-Am 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on November 11, 2018, at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Contested over 312 laps on the one mile (1.6 km) oval, it was the 35th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, ninth race of the Playoffs, and final race of the Round of 8.

2018 Can-Am 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 35 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date November 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)
Location ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (499.2 km)
Average speed 98.354 miles per hour (158.285 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 25.836
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 117
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 2.0/2.1 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Kyle Rickey (1 & 2) and Buddy Long (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
ISM Raceway, the track where the race was held.

ISM Raceway – also known as PIR – is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. It is named after the nearby metropolitan area of Phoenix. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. PIR has also hosted the IndyCar Series, CART, USAC and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 mi (4.0 km) road course that ran both inside and outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 mi (2.43 km) interior layout. PIR has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend.

ISM Raceway is home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. The track is both the first and last stop in the western United States, as well as the fourth and penultimate track on the schedule.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 D. J. Kennington (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
97 Tanner Berryhill Obaika Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Erik Jones was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 26.113 seconds and a speed of 137.862 mph (221.867 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.113 137.862
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.120 137.825
3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.122 137.815
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kevin Harvick scored the pole for the race with a time of 25.836 and a speed of 139.340 mph (224.246 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.158 25.998 25.836
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.257 25.823 25.871
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.176 26.017 25.898
4 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 26.317 26.011 25.924
5 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.335 25.979 25.948
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.176 25.889 25.954
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.201 25.981 26.022
8 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.226 25.887 26.038
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 26.183 26.020 26.039
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.253 25.926 26.040
11 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 26.228 25.958 26.108
12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 26.199 26.019 26.150
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 26.290 26.023
14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.174 26.053
15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.099 26.074
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.244 26.110
17 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.028 26.131
18 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.282 26.140
19 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.195 26.162
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.234 26.174
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.232 26.176
22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.255 26.212
23 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.231 26.313
24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.321 26.368
25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.342
26 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.368
27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 26.487
28 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 26.516
29 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 26.539
30 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 26.560
31 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.614
32 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 26.834
33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 26.970
34 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 27.001
35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 27.010
36 97 Tanner Berryhill Obaika Racing Toyota 27.231
37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 27.457
38 7 D. J. Kennington (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 27.666
39 51 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 26.724 seconds and a speed of 134.710 mph (216.795 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.724 134.710
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.730 134.680
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 26.770 134.479
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 26.642 seconds and a speed of 135.125 mph (217.463 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.642 135.125
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 26.769 134.484
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.804 134.308
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 5
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 3
9 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 162

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 54
2 12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 312 50
3 8 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 312 45
4 18 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 34
5 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 39
6 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 312 31
7 17 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 312 30
8 15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 35
9 19 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 30
10 30 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 312 27
11 22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 26
12 24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 312 25
13 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 32
14 13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 312 31
15 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 22
16 23 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 311 21
17 7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 310 23
18 25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 310 19
19 28 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 310 18
20 31 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 310 17
21 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 310 16
22 29 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 310 15
23 2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 309 28
24 33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 309 0
25 34 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 309 12
26 32 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 308 0
27 38 7 D. J. Kennington (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 306 0
28 39 51 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 306 9
29 11 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 303 8
30 5 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 285 9
31 36 97 Tanner Berryhill Obaika Racing Toyota 283 6
32 14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 272 12
33 3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 262 4
34 4 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 237 15
35 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 133 2
36 26 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 96 1
37 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 95 1
38 35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 88 0
39 37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 40 0
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 10 for 61
  • Red flags: 1 for 16 minutes and 24 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 10 minutes and 20 seconds
  • Average speed: 98.354 miles per hour (158.285 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, two–time Phoenix winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and three-time Phoenix winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dan Hubbard
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post
Kim Coon

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Phoenix International Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Can-Am 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 11, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Phoenix final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (November 9, 2018). "Erik Jones tops Kyle Busch in Friday's Cup practice at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Fryer, Jenna (November 9, 2018). "Harvick shakes off cheating scandal to win pole at Phoenix". Associated Press. Avondale, Arizona: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (November 10, 2018). "Kevin Harvick fastest in Saturday's first practice at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (November 10, 2018). "Kevin Harvick tops final Cup practice at Phoenix, Menard wrecks". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 10, 2018.


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