Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ISM Raceway (Phoenix) Track Facts: 2018 TicketGuardian 500

Kevin Harvick has won a track record eight times.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Top 16 at ISM Raceway

Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kevin Harvick
30
1
8
14
19
0
9.7
110.2
 
2
Joey Logano
18
1
1
4
9
3
14.1
91.3
 
3
Ryan Blaney
4
1
0
0
2
0
14.5
82.9
 
4
Martin Truex Jr
24
1
0
2
8
3
17.0
85.7
 
5
Kyle Busch
25
3
1
7
17
1
12.2
99.6
 
6
Kyle Larson
8
0
0
2
3
1
15.1
90.9
 
7
Brad Keselowski
17
1
0
5
8
1
14.1
93.0
 
8
Denny Hamlin
25
2
1
10
14
1
11.8
96.0
 
9
Paul Menard
22
0
0
0
3
1
21.0
67.6
 
10
Austin Dillon
8
0
0
0
1
0
22.1
71.5
 
11
Clint Bowyer
25
0
0
2
6
3
18.9
76.4
 
12
Aric Almirola
14
0
0
0
2
0
17.0
72.0
 
13
Kurt Busch
30
0
1
7
17
1
13.7
95.7
 
14
Ryan Newman
31
4
2
10
12
6
17.2
86.7
 
15
Darrell Wallace Jr
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.0
0.0
 
16
Chris Buescher
4
0
0
0
0
1
31.5
41.8
 
* – Based on last 26 races at ISM Raceway (2005 – 2017).


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Top Loop Data Leaders

ISM Raceway
Statistical Categories:
Leaders
Loop Data
Driver Rating
Kevin Harvick
110.2
Average Running Position
Chase Elliott
6.248
Laps Led
Kevin Harvick
1,484 laps (18.3%)
Laps in the Top 15
Jimmie Johnson
82.2% (6,672 laps)
Fastest Laps Run
Kevin Harvick
782 laps (9.6%)
Green Flag Passes
Ryan Newman
1,075
Quality Passes
Kyle Busch
712
Green Flag Speed
Jimmie Johnson
127.289 mph
* The above stats are based on Loop Data from 2005 - 2017


ISM Raceway:
History
·        Construction was completed in January 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
·        Alan Kulwicki won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
·        The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and was also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch.
·        The track underwent its first repave in 2011. The construction began in March and concluded in September of that year.
·        The following changes were made during the construction period (March – Sept. 2011):
o   Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet and reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
o   Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet and tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
o   Implemented variable banking, including 10-11-degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11-degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9-degree banking in Turn 4.
·        Following the 2017 season, the track was renamed from Phoenix Raceway to ISM Raceway.
·        There have been 43 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.

 Starts
·        213 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway; 159 in more than one.
·        Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at ISM Raceway with 34 each.
·        Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the MENCS with 31 starts at ISM Raceway.
·        Ryan Blaney (four starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position with a 5.75 at ISM Raceway.


Poles
·        There have been 24 different MENCS pole winners at ISM Raceway, led by Ryan Newman with four.
·        Geoffrey Bodine won the first MENCS pole at ISM Raceway in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.) in a Chevrolet.
·        Youngest ISM Raceway pole winner: Kyle Busch (4/22/06 – 20 years, 11 months, 20 days).
·        Oldest ISM Raceway pole winner: Mark Martin (03/03/13 – 54 years, 1 month, 22 days).
·        Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles at ISM Raceway. Newman won three straight (2002-04), Gordon won in the Fall of 2006 and the Spring of 2007. Edwards won in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011.
·        Four drivers have won their first career MENCS pole at Phoenix Raceway: Casey Atwood (October 2001), Denny Hamlin (November 2005), AJ Allmendinger (April 2010) and Alex Bowman (November 2016).

Wins
·        24 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at ISM Raceway. 
·        Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins at ISM Raceway with eight victories (’06 spring race and Playoff race, ’12 Playoff race, ‘13 Playoff race, ’14 spring race and Playoff race, ’15 spring race and ’16 spring race).
·        This weekend at ISM Raceway, Kevin Harvick can become the ninth driver to have won nine or more times at a single track.
Drivers with Nine or More Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at a single track
Driver
Tracks (Wins)
Richard Petty
Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13), Rockingham (11), Daytona (10) and Nashville Fairgrounds (9)
Dale Earnhardt
Talladega (10), Atlanta (9), Bristol (9) and Darlington (9)
Darrell Waltrip
Bristol (12), Martinsville (11), North Wilkesboro (10)
Cale Yarborough
Bristol (9), Daytona (9)
David Pearson
Darlington (10), Michigan (9)
Jimmie Johnson
Dover (11), Martinsville (9)
Jeff Gordon
Martinsville (9)
Rusty Wallace
Bristol (9)
·        10 drivers have multiple wins at ISM Raceway: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with eight followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (three), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two), Mark Martin (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Ryan Newman (two).
·        Of the 10 drivers with multiple wins at ISM Raceway, Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).


Wins
·        Five drivers have won consecutive races at ISM Raceway: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006, then 2013 Playoff race, swept 2014 and 2015 spring race); Jimmie Johnson (fall race of 2007, swept 2008).
·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at ISM Raceway with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
·        Five of the 43 (11.6%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from the pole: Jeff Gordon (spring race of 2007), Jimmie Johnson (Playoff race of 2008), Mark Martin (spring race of 2009), Carl Edwards (Playoff race of 2010) and Kevin Harvick (spring race of 2015).
·        Eight of the 43 (18.6%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second starting position.  
·        22 of the 43 (51.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
·        21 of the 43 (48.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
·        4 of the 43 (9.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recent: spring race of 2017, Ryan Newman started 22nd.
·        Ricky Rudd won the 1995 ISM Raceway race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
·        Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at ISM Raceway.
·        22 of the 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at ISM Raceway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Tony Stewart (11/7/1999) are the only two drivers to win at ISM Raceway in their first appearance.
·        Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano competed at ISM Raceway 16 times before winning; the longest span of any the 24 winners.
·        Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at ISM Raceway: Jeff Gordon (16), Joey Logano (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11).
·        Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at ISM Raceway without visiting Victory Lane with 29 starts.
·        Youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (11/13/2005 – 20 years, 6 months, 11 days).
·        Oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Raceway winner: Mark Martin (04/18/2009 – 50 years, 3 months, 9 days).

Additional Finishing Positions
·        Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at ISM Raceway with five; followed by Jimmie Johnsonand Tony Stewart with three each.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at ISM Raceway with 15; followed by Kevin Harvick (14), Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at ISM Raceway with 24, followed by Mark Martin with 21. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 20; followed by Kevin Harvick with 19.
·        Alan Kulwicki (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at ISM Raceway with a 5.200.
·        Chase Elliott (four starts) leads all active drivers in average finishing position at ISM Raceway with a 7.750.
·        Chase Elliott (7.750) and Kevin Harvick (9.733) are the only two active drivers with average finishes inside the top 10 at ISM Raceway.

Track / Event Specific Stats
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), the closest margin of victory in the MENCS at ISM Raceway was the spring race of 2016 (03/13/16) when Kevin Harvick beat Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds.
·        Three drivers have won at ISM Raceway and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Dale Earnhardt (1990); Kevin Harvick (2014).
·        Four perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at ISM Raceway, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006, November 2014 and March 2015.  
·        Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at ISM Raceway.
·        Of the 43 races at ISM Raceway seven have ended with NASCAR Overtime:
Date
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
NASCAR Overtime
Winner
Runner-Up
3/19/2017
312
314
2
Ryan Newman
Kyle Larson
11/13/2016
312
324
12
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
3/13/2016
312
313
1
Kevin Harvick
Carl Edwards
3/3/2013
312
316
4
Carl Edwards
Jimmie Johnson
11/11/2012
312
319
7
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
4/10/2010
375
378
3
Ryan Newman
Jeff Gordon
11/9/2008
312
313
1
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
11/7/2004
312
315
3
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Ryan Newman

·        Only two of the 43 MENCS races at ISM Raceway have been shortened due to weather:
Date
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
No. of Fewer Laps
Winner
Runner-Up
11/15/2015
312
219
-93
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kevin Harvick
10/25/1998
312
257
-55
Rusty Wallace
Mark Martin


Female Competitors
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to compete at ISM Raceway. She made 11 starts at ISM Raceway in her career.
Date
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
11/12/2017
Danica Patrick
24
25
48.2
3/13/2017
Danica Patrick
26
22
52.8
11/13/2016
Danica Patrick
16
29
48.9
3/13/2016
Danica Patrick
36
19
60.3
11/15/2015
Danica Patrick
21
16
66.4
3/15/2015
Danica Patrick
23
26
59.6
11/9/2014
Danica Patrick
32
22
60.5
3/2/2014
Danica Patrick
33
36
51.7
11/10/2013
Danica Patrick
32
33
33.2
3/3/2013
Danica Patrick
40
39
44.2
11/11/2012
Danica Patrick
37
17
58.0
AVERAGES
 
29.1
25.8
53.1

NASCAR in Arizona
·        There have been 110 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in Arizona.
Track Name
City
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Camping World
Total Races
ISM Raceway
Avondale
43
32
27
102
Arizona State Fairgrounds
Phoenix
4
0
0
4
Tucson Raceway Park
Tucson
0
0
3
3
Tucson Rodeo Grounds
Tucson
1
0
0
1
TOTALS

48
32
30
110

Arizona in NASCAR
·        33 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona.
·        23 of the 33 Arizona natives in NASCAR have made at least one start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, led by JJ Yeley with 258 series starts.
·        Of the 33 Arizona drivers, only two have won a NASCAR national series race - Michael McDowell (Phoenix) won the NXS race at Road America in 2016 and Alex Bowman (Tucson) won the NXS race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2017.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
 
STARTS
 
Driver: Jamie McMurray
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
549
1
 
McMurray will become the 35th driver to make 550 Monster Energy Series starts.
 
Driver: Aric Almirola
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
247
3
 
Almirola will become the 107th driver to make 250 Monster Energy Series starts.
 
WINS
 
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
83
1
 
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
 
 
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
43
1
 
Tie Bill Elliott for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
 
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
39
1
 
Tie Mark Martin for 18th on the all-time MENCS wins list.
 
Driver: Denny Hamlin
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
31
1
 
To tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
 
Driver: Kurt Busch
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
29
1
 
Tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
 
POLES
 
Driver: Ryan Newman
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
51
3
 
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
 
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
35
1
 
To tie Rusty Wallace for 18th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
 
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
27
2
 
To tie Ricky Rudd for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
 
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
 
Milestone:
28
1
 
To tie Ricky Rudd for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
 



Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
Top Fives
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
170
1
To tie Lee Petty for 20th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series top fives list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
162
1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series top fives list.
Top 10s
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
309
1
To tie Buddy Baker for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series top 10s list.
Driver: Kurt Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
259
1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series top 10s list.
Laps Led
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
18,663
337
Needs 337 laps led to become the ninth driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 19,000 laps.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
14,399
601
Needs 601 laps led to become the 10th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 15,000 laps.
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
11,486
514
Needs 514 laps led to become the 15th driver all-time in the MENCS to lead 12,000 laps.
Driver: Kurt Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
8,945
55
Needs 55 laps led to become the 20th driver all-time in the MENCS to lead 9,000 laps.
Driver: Denny Hamlin
Has
Needs
Milestone:
8,891
109
Needs 109 laps led to become the 20th driver all-time in the MENCS to lead 9,000 laps.
Driver: Martin Truex Jr.
Has
Needs
Milestone:
6,530
470
Needs 470 laps led to become the 29th driver all-time in the MENCS to lead 7,000 laps.


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Friday, November 2
10:00 AM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:00 PM (7:00 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, November 3
10:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
2:00 PM-2:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, November 4

8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (334 LAPS, 501 MILES)

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