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TicketGuardian 500

ISM Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #4 of 36

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:44pm/et
Laps/Stages: 312 laps total. Stages end on laps: 75/150/312


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 3:00pm/et, Fox and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, March 8, 1:35-2:35pm/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, March 9, 11:35am-12:25pm/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, March 9, 2:05-2:55pm/et, TV-TBA;
Qualifying: Friday, March 8 at 6:10pm/et, TV-TBA.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, March 7
4:00 PM 6:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, March 8
8:30 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:35 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:10 PM (6:10 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, March 9
8:00 AM-4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:35 AM-10:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:05 PM-12:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 10
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (STAGES 75/150/312 LAPS = 312 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Practice 3 Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Kyle Busch is one NASCAR win away from 200 after Phoenix Cup victory: There was an air of inevitability to Kyle Busch’s closing run in Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway. Busch was tracking down race leader Ryan Blaney after restarting fourth on Lap 239 of the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. Running in Blaney’s wake for 37 laps, Busch finally made the winning pass on Lap 296 of 312 and nursed his car to the finish line.[More](3-10-2019)

#18-Kyle Busch won the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway. The win is his 1st win of 2019, 3RD win at Phoenix and 52nd career win.
#19-Truex finished 2nd followed by pole winner #12-Blaney, #10-Almirola, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #1-Busch, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick and #22-Logano.
Stage 1 was won by #12-Blaney.
Stage 2 was won by #18-Busch.
There were 17 lead changes among 6 drivers and 9 cautions for 57 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 101.693mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – ISM Raceway

Kyle Busch won the 15th Annual TicketGuardian 500, his 52nd victory in 503 Monster Energy Cup Series races.

This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2019.

This is his third victory and 20th top-10 finish in 29 races at ISM Raceway.

Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 28 races at ISM Raceway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2019.

Ryan Blaney (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at ISM Raceway.

Daniel Hemric (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.

Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 6 points over Joey Logano.

(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-10-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings after Phoenix:
#18-Busch [1 win], 177 pts
#11-Denny Hamlin [1 win]
#2-Brad Keselowski [1 win]
#22-Joey Logano, 171, -6
#4-Kevin Harvick, 168, -9
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 140, -37
#42-Kyle Larson, 138, -39
#10-Aric Almirola, 134, -43
#2-Brad Keselowski, 133, -44
#1-Kurt Busch, 126, -51
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 123, -54
#14-Clint Bowyer,118, -59
#12-Ryan Blaney, 113, -64
#9-Chase Elliott, 108, -69
#20-Erik Jones , 106, -71
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 98, -79
#88-Alex Bowman, 94, -83
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway have been made.
Pole winner #12-Blaney chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #9-Elliott took the 6th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#11-Hamlin, starts 3rd and chose the 2nd stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #24-Byron, who starts 7th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(3-9-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#22-Logano 137.794
#12-Blaney 137.221
#4-Harvick 136.685
#18-Busch 136.431
#10-Almirola 136.322
Slowest: #77-Hauff 128.871 & #52-Currey 128.201.
Most laps run: #11-Hamlin, 59 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 30 drivers): #22-Logano 136.137mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-9-2019)

First Saturday practice for the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#37-Buescher 137.973
#12-Blaney 137.915
#2-Keselowski 137.915
#42-Larson 137.615
#18-Busch 137.594
Slowest: #51-Ware 130.030 & #77-Houff 129.655.
Most laps run: #1-Busch and #21-Menard, 46 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 30 drivers): #18-Busch, 137.026mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-9-2019)

Ryan Blaney speeds to Phoenix pole after tempers flare on pit road: yan Blaney ended the day the way he started it—with the fastest car at ISM Raceway. After leading opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice with the quickest lap of the day (141.716 mph), Blaney put his No. 12 Team Penske Ford on the pole for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at the one-mile track.[More](3-8-2019)

Ryan Blaney won the Busch pole for the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway with speed of 141.287mph for his 1st pole of 2019, 2nd at Phoenix and 6th of his career.
#9-Elliott will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #88-Bowman, #24-Byron, #4-Harvick, #19-Truex, Jr., #20-Jones, #8-Hemric, and #22-Logano.
#12-Blaney was fastest in the second round with a speed of 140.400mph.
#4-Harvick was quickest in the first round with a speed of 138.980mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 36 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-8-2019)

  • Suarez, McDowell get into shoving match during Phoenix qualifying: Daniel Suarez threw Michael McDowell to the ground and both drivers had to be forcibly restrained Friday after they were eliminated while jockeying for position in the first round of qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway. Just about everybody waited until the last couple minutes of the 10-minute qualifying session before exiting pit road, creating chaos on the mile-long track. Suarez and McDowell kept getting in the way of each other, and they ultimately ruined each other’s qualifying attempts. After they got out of their cars, Suarez hopped a concrete wall and exchanged words with McDowell before spinning him to the ground — McDowell never even removed his helmet. It took several crew members to finally pull them apart.(Associated Press)(3-8-2019)


  • ISM Raceway – Qualifying Fast Facts:

    Ryan Blaney won the Pole Award for the 15th Annual TicketGuardian 500 with a lap of 25.48 seconds, 141.287 mph.

    This is his sixth pole in 130 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.

    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2019.

    This is his second pole in seven races at ISM Raceway.

    Chase Elliott (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2019 and his sixth in seven races at ISM Raceway.

    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at ISM Raceway. It is his fourth in four races this season.

    Daniel Hemric (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-82-2019)

    First practice for the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #12-Blaney 141.716
    #2-Keselowski 140.680
    #42-Larson 140.406
    #9-Elliott 140.367
    #18-Busch 140.329
    Slowest: #51 Ware 128.968 & #77-Houff 126.658
    Most laps run: #36-Tifft, 19 laps
    Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 2 drivers): #36-Tifft, 133.039.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf).(3-8-2019)

    Entry List for the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway is posted, 36 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
    Only the teams with charters are entered so everyone will make the race.
    See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)


    RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

    March 2018: see the TicketGuardian 500 Race Info page

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Bryan Derbyshire, Founder & CEO of TicketGuardian
    Command to start engines: Bryan Derbyshire
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: Luke Air Force Base Color Guard
    Invocation: Pastor Rick Derbyshire
    National Anthem: Chevel Shepherd, winner of “The Voice”
    Flyover: F-35s, 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base.

    ISM Raceway Sunday Notebook: Ryan Blaney overcomes extra pit stop to run third at Phoenix; After ninth-place run, Kevin Harvick has work to do at best track; Denny Hamlin continues solid start with fifth at ISM Raceway.[More](3-10-2019)

    ISM Raceway Saturday Notebook: Can Hendrick overcome aero issues Jimmie Johnson exposed at Vegas? Logano says comfort level with new rules is still miles away; Fords dominate Happy Hour on eve of first “short-track” race.[More](3-9-2019)


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    TIRE NOTES & FACTS

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Set limits:
    Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4864;
    Right-side — D-4866

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
    Right-side — 2,245 mm (88.39 in.) 

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 14 psi; Left Rear — 14 psi;
    Right Front — 32 psi; Right Rear — 30 psi

    Storyline – Cup teams under (air) pressure at Phoenix with new rules package: Phoenix is one of the more unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit, from its three distinct corners, to its relative lack of banking, to its speedway characteristics despite being just one mile in length.  It is different from other short tracks in that aerodynamics come more into play.  And that may be even more of the case in 2019 as the NASCAR Cup teams will be on a high downforce, high horsepower rules package for the first time this season.  That combination will result in higher speeds and increased tire loading, making the use of the proper level of air pressure an important factor in arriving at car set-ups.

         “Cup teams will be under a new rules package this week at Phoenix, with all the new aerodynamic elements, but with more horsepower than they’ve had over the past couple weeks,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “When we tested on this package at Phoenix last fall, teams were considerably faster than we’ve seen in recent years.  With the extra downforce versus the 2018 rules package, much of that speed comes through the corners, which generates higher loading on the tires.  Teams will need to be mindful of our recommended air pressures as they develop their set-ups to optimize grip.  Running below our minimums can cause the sidewall of the tire to flex more and over-deflect, generating more heat, higher wear and fall-off, and even damaging the tire to the point of air loss.  Finding that balance will be key.”

    Notes – Brand new tire set-up debuts at Phoenix: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Phoenix this week . . . this is the first time either of these two Goodyear tire codes will be run . . . compared to what Cup and Xfinity teams ran at Phoenix last November, this left-side tire features a construction update that Goodyear will be rolling into many tracks this season, while this right-side tire features a compound change designed to introduce more tire wear and run cooler . . . Phoenix is the only track at which these either of these two tire codes are scheduled to be run . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear test at Phoenix last October 2-3 . . . drivers participating in that test were Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix