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Get Ready for the NASCAR Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway

Avondale, ARIZ. (March 9, 2018) – The men and woman of NASCAR are racing this weekend at ISM Raceway as teams from the Monster Energy Drink Cup series compete in the Ticket Guardian 500 on Sunday while NASCAR Xfinity series teams will compete in the DC Solar 200 on Saturday.

Coming into Phoenix, Joey Logano has the points lead with 132.  Down by just one point, Ryan Blaney is a close second.  Kevin Harvick rounds out the top three, 17 points behind the leader.   Ryan Newman took the checkered flag in 2017 at the end of the Tucket Guardian 500.

Martin Truex Jr. took the pole during qualifying with a lap of 136.945 mph.  Truex has two top 5’s and eight top tens with a best finish of third during the 2017 Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway.

In the Xfinity Series, Tyler Reddick and Elliott are both tie in points with 123.  Christopher Bell is down by 23 for third.  Justin Allgaier took the checkered flag at the end of the 2017 DC Solar 200.

Thou not as well attended as the November race at ISM Raceway, the Ticket Guardian 500 will help teams earn early season points as they compete throughout he season.

Both series will be racing around the ISM Raceway’s 1 mile tri-oval.  Monster Energy Series drivers will race for 312 laps while the Xfinity Series drivers will compete for 200 laps.

If you have never been to a NASCAR race, it’s a great opportunity to see what it’s all about.  It’s also a good opportunity take in ISM Raceway’s $178 million dollar expansion project.  New garages, new suites, new stands, a new finish line and a total rebranding of the facility.  The fall race is going to be a whole new race when the finish line is moved to the dog leg.  The front stretch will become the back stretch and all of the turns will be re-numbered.

The DC Solar 200 begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday and the Ticket Guardian 500 begins at 12:30 PM on Sunday.

Thanks to Ken Sklute from Serendipity Visuals for the help with photographing the event.

NASCAR Weekend Race Schedule

Saturday, March 10

10:00 a.m. // Gates open
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. // Pre-Race Pit Pass Access Hours
10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. // MENCS 2nd Practice
11:05 a.m. // NXS Qualifying (multi-vehicle / 3 rounds)
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. // MENCS Final Practice
1:30 p.m. // Driver Introductions
2:00 p.m. // DC Solar 200, NASCAR Xfinity Series Race (200 laps / 200 miles)

Sunday, March 11

8:00 a.m. // Gates open
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Pre-Race Pit Pass Access Hours
10:30 a.m. // Jana Kramer Pre-Race Concert :: Main Stage on the DC Solar Power Pavilion
11:50 a.m. // Driver Introductions
12:30 p.m. // TicketGuardian 500, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race (312 laps / 312 miles)

Track Records & Stats

2017 March Race Winner: #31-Ryan Newman, 104.271mph, started 22nd
2017 November Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 105.534mph, started 7th
Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph
Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph
Oldest Race Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/2005

2017 March Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 137.321mph, finished 31st
2017 November Pole Winner: #21-Ryan Blaney, 137.942mph, finished 17th
Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 11/15/2015, 143.158mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 54 years, 1 month, 23 days, 3/1/2013
Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006

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