Date: March 10, 2019
Venue: ISM Raceway
Location:Avondale, Arizona, United States
Distance:312 laps, 312 mi (499.2 km)
Laps: 312 (Stage 1: 75, Stage 2: 75, Stage 3: 162)
The TicketGuardian 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The 312-lap event is one of only four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events measured in kilometers rather than miles or laps (joining the fall Phoenix race and both road course events). The 500-kilometer (312 mi) race currently starts at 12:30 p.m. (Local Time) and finishes during the day.
As part of the 2005 NASCAR Realignment, a second date was awarded to Phoenix with Subway sponsorship. As there was already a race sponsored by Subway on the schedule (the now Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville), the name "Subway Fresh 500" was devised to reduce confusion. Subway later added the word "Fit" to the sponsorship to promote its Fresh Fit combo choices.
This event swapped dates with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway due to the three race west coast swing, this event used to be race 2 preceding Daytona and Las Vegas before Atlanta took Phoenix's former spot, the Food City 500 at Bristol used to be race 4 before the Food City 500 moved up four weeks due to bad weather, on April 19, 2015.
With the new 2010 NASCAR start time rule change that starts races only at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, track officials were concerned that the new start time (45 minutes earlier than in the past) would put the majority of the race in the day instead of the planned night. At that time of year in Phoenix, sunset takes place at roughly 7:00 p.m. MST (because Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, this is the same as Pacific Daylight Time). As a result, the race was stretched to 600 kilometers (375 miles) so that the extra 100 kilometers (63 miles) would take place during the day, and most of the race would still take place at night as planned. However, in 2011, the race moved one week after the Daytona 500 in February. The race returned to 312 laps (500 kilometers) and was run on Sunday in the daytime for the first time. In 2015, Phoenix moved from the second to the fourth race of the season in mid-March.
2019 TicketGuardian 500 Schedule
|Friday, March 8|
|Monster Energy Cup Series First Practice: 1:35 p.m.-2:25 p.m. (MRN)|
|Xfinity Series First Practice: 3:05 p.m.-3:55 p.m. (FS1)|
|Xfinity Series Final Practice: 5:05 p.m.-5:55 p.m. (FS1)|
|Monster Energy Cup Series Qualifying: 6:10 p.m. (MRN/FS1)|
|Saturday, March 9|
|Monster Energy Cup Series Second Practice: 11:35 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (MRN/FS1)|
|Xfinity Series Qualifying: 12:40 p.m. (FS1)|
|Monster Energy Cup Series Final Practice: 2:05 p.m.-2:55 p.m. (MRN/FS1)|
|Radio Pre-Race: 3:30 p.m. (MRN)|
|TV Pre-Race: (FS1)|
|Xfinity Series 200: 4:00 p.m. (MRN/FS1)|
|Sunday, March 10|
|Radio Pre-Race: 2:30 p.m. (MRN)|
|TV Pre-Race: 3:00 p.m. (FOX)|
|Monster Energy Cup Series TicketGuardian 500: 3:30 p.m. (MRN/FOX)|
2018 TicketGuardian 500 Results
|1||Kevin Harvick||Stewart Haas Racing||Ford||312|
|2||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs||Toyota||312|
|3||Chase Elliott||Rick Hendrick||Chevrolet||312|
|4||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs||Toyota||312|
|5||Martin Truex, Jr.||Barney Visser||Toyota||312|
|Year||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|2018||Kevin Harvick||Stewart Haas Racing||Ford||312||314 mi
|2017||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||314||314 mi
|2016||Kevin Harvick||Stewart Haas||Chevrolet||313*||313 (503.724)||2:45:53||113.212|
|2015||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas||Chevrolet||312||312 (502.115)||2:57:01||105.753|
|2014||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas||Chevrolet||312||312 (502.115)||2:51:23||109.229|
|2013||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway||Ford||316*||316 (508.553)||3:00:15||105.187|
|2012||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs||Toyota||312||312 (502.115)||2:50:35||110.085|
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