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.
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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