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The 2018 TicketGuardian 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on March 11, 2018, at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Contested over 312 laps on the one-mile (1.6 km) oval, it was the fourth race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. It would also be the last Phoenix race to be using the 2011 reconfiguration as the start/finish line will be moved to the back-straightaway just past turn two for the November race.

2018 TicketGuardian 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 4 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date March 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)
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 108.073 miles per hour (173.927 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Furniture Row Racing
Time 26.288
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 128
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.9/2.8 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dan Hubbard (1 & 2) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
ISM Raceway was the site of the fourth race of the season

ISM Raceway, is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. 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.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Jeffrey Earnhardt 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 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
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 Gray Gaulding 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 Timmy Hill (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 26.034 seconds and a speed of 138.281 mph (222.542 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.034 138.281
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.132 137.762
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.151 137.662
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Martin Truex Jr. scored the pole for the race with a time of 26.288 and a speed of 136.945 mph (220.392 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 26.704 26.497 26.288
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.706 26.400 26.346
3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.655 26.406 26.446
4 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.770 26.439 26.455
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.682 26.445 26.490
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.685 26.484 26.496
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.766 26.551 26.497
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.653 26.523 26.504
9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.771 26.596 26.564
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 26.717 26.566 26.622
11 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.829 26.614 26.708
12 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 26.840 26.614 26.711
13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.780 26.615
14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 26.800 26.631
15 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.932 26.652
16 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.938 26.664
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.544 26.665
18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.914 26.667
19 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.772 26.726
20 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.930 26.809
21 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.953 26.818
22 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.939 26.850
23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.940 26.913
24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.941 26.953
25 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.012
26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 27.024
27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 27.057
28 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.065
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.084
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 27.150
31 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.305
32 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 27.542
33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 27.612
34 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 27.757
35 51 Timmy Hill (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 27.931
36 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.004
37 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom 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 26.705 seconds and a speed of 134.806 mph (216.949 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.705 134.806
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.705 134.806
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.735 134.655
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 26.757 seconds and a speed of 134.544 mph (216.528 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.757 134.544
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.765 134.504
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 26.775 134.454
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

StartEdit

Martin Truex Jr.led the field to the green flag at 3:44 p.m. The afternoon’s first caution flew when the engine in Corey LaJoie’s car blew on lap 25. NASCAR had planned to have a competition caution on lap 35 but blended it into the lap-25 yellow.

The race restarted on lap 34. Kyle Larson took the lead on the same lap and led 24 laps, but then Kyle Busch took the lead and scored his first stage win of the season, leading at lap 75. Following in the top 10 were Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Erik Jones. The second caution flew for conclusion of the first stage.

Second stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 84 and it remained green for 39 laps, until Kyle Larson lost control of his car on lap 121, slid through turn four and brought out the race’s third caution. Larson’s rear tires had been shaking before the incident.

The race restarted on lap 12. Kyle Busch took the lead on lap 129 and led 19 laps. A blown right front tire sent Chris Buescher’s car into the fourth-turn wall on lap 147, causing the fourth caution.

The race restarted on lap 150. The second stage ended with a one-lap dash because of a restart. Kurt Busch held off Brad Keselowski to win. Also in the top 10 were Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Michael McDowell, Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer. The fifth caution flew for conclusion of the second stage.

Final stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 159 and remained green for 33 laps. The sixth caution flew when Paul Menard, who had reported brake issues, slid in turn two and backed hard into the outside wall, crushing the car’s rear end.

The race restarted on lap 199. Kevin Harvick held off Kyle Busch and Harvick scored his third career victory of 2018.[16]

Post raceEdit

“This weekend felt like a playoff moment for us,” Harvick said. “When you have all the guys and everybody looking at the race car and the determination for every last detail. There’s a lot going on in the world, but our team is very good at setting those things aside for 10 weeks during the playoffs. It felt more important to win a race this week than to win a race at Homestead for the championship.

“Actions speak a whole lot louder than words.”

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Hass Racing Ford 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Racing Ford 6
6 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 5
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 3
9 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 2
10 14 Clint Bowyer 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 10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 53
2 7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 52
3 3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 39
4 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 40
5 1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 312 41
6 19 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 32
7 22 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 30
8 15 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 29
9 9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 29
10 23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 40
11 13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 26
12 11 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 25
13 4 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 24
14 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 23
15 25 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 312 35
16 12 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 311 21
17 18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 311 20
18 2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 311 27
19 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 311 20
20 21 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 311 17
21 20 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 311 16
22 16 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 311 15
23 29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 311 22
24 26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 311 15
25 30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 311 12
26 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 310 11
27 36 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 310 0
28 27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 309 9
29 24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 309 8
30 28 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 309 12
31 34 96 D. J. Kennington Gault Brothers Racing Toyota 309 6
32 31 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 308 11
33 35 51 Timmy Hill (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 306 0
34 32 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 304 3
35 37 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet 292 2
36 14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 189 1
37 33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 23 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 36
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 53 minutes and 13 seconds
  • Average speed: 107.617 miles per hour (173.193 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 14th race at the Phoenix International Raceway. Mike Joy, two-time Phoenix winner Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which also was simulcasted 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
Glenn Jarrett
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Phoenix International Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "TicketGuardian 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 11, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Phoenix final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (March 9, 2018). "Kyle Larson leads Ganassi 1-2 in pre-qualifying practice at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Nicholson, John (March 9, 2018). "Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR Cup pole in Phoenix". Associated Press. Avondale, Arizona: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. ^ DeGroot, Nick (March 10, 2018). "Harvick and Elliott lead second Cup practice at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (March 10, 2018). "Kevin Harvick leads the way in final Cup practice at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Hembree, Mike (March 11, 2018). "Kevin Harvick wins third NASCAR Cup race in a row, holds off Kyle Busch at Phoenix". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 11, 2018.


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