NASCAR at Phoenix ISM Raceway 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more

Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY SportsPublished 7:00 a.m. ET March 11, 2018

It’s NASCAR race day at ISM Raceway, and we've got everything you need to know to get ready for Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 in Avondale, Ariz.

START TIME: CEO of TicketGuardian Bryan Derbyshire, along with wife Kristen and son Hudson, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 3:37 p.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 3:44 p.m. ET.

RACE DISTANCE: The TicketGuardian 500 is 500 kilometers — not miles. That's 312 laps around the 1-mile ISM Raceway for a total of 312 miles.

RACE STAGES: After a successful run last season, NASCAR will once again be dividing races into stages and handing out points. Here are the segments for today's race: Stage 1: 75 laps, Stage 2: 75 laps, Stage 3: 162 laps.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Country soul singer Keisha Renee, a finalist from Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice, will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m. ET, followed by a flyover by two F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron of Luke Air Force Base.

ON A ROLL: Harvick chasing third consecutive victory of 2018

NASCAR: Five Cup Series drivers off to impressive 2018 starts

ISM RACEWAY: Phoenix on track to shake up racing come fall

DiBENEDETTO: Makes successful appeal for sponsorship on social media

TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: Fox will broadcast the race and has a pre-race show beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio will call the event on the radio.

LIVE STREAMING: Fox is offering a live stream through its Fox Sports Go app.

WEATHER: The Weather Channel is calling for partly cloudy skies on Sunday with mild winds and practically no chance of rain. Race temperatures should hover in the mid-70s.

LAST TIME: Matt Kenseth snapped a 51-race winless streak, taking a popular victory in the penultimate playoff race of 2017 in what could be the final race of his NASCAR career. And one year ago, Ryan Newman snapped an even longer winless streak — 127 races — holding off Kyle Larson after a pit strategy gamble in the spring.

LINEUP: Reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. edged Larson in Friday's qualifying sessions and will start on the pole Sunday.

Here is the starting lineup for the TicketGuardian 500 (car number in parentheses):

1. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

2. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

3. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

4. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 135.870.

8. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

9. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota

10. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

11. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

12. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

13. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

14. (21) Paul Menard, Ford

15. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota

16. (38) David Ragan, Ford

17. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

18. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

19. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford

20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

21. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford

22. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

23. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford

24. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet

25. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

26. (95) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet

27. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet

28. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

29. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

30. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

31. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

32. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota

33. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet

34. (96) DJ Kennington, Toyota

35. (51) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet

36. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

37. (00) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet

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