Itâs NASCAR race day at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., and weâve got some essential information you need to get ready for Sunday’s Can-Am 500, the final race in the Round of 8 ofÂ the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs:
START TIME:Â Skeet Ulrich, Star of CWâs Riverdale, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:27Â p.m. ET (12:27 p.m. local), followed by theÂ green flag at 2:35Â p.m. ET (12:35Â p.m. local).
RACE DISTANCE:Â The Can-Am 500Â is 500 kilometers â not miles.Â That’s 312 laps around the 1-mile ISM Raceway for a total of 312 miles.
RACE STAGES:Â After a successful run last season, NASCARÂ will once again beÂ dividing races into stagesÂ and handing out points. Here are the segmentsÂ for tonight’s Cup race:Â Stage 1: 75Â laps, Stage 2: 75Â laps, Stage 3: 162Â laps.
PLAYOFFS:Â Today’s race is the ninth of 10 playoff races and the final race of the three-race thirdÂ round. Championship-eligible drivers will drop from eight to four following Sunday’s race. Three slots are up for grabs at ISM Raceway, with Joey Logano having locked in a berth in the final four with his win at Martinsville.
NATIONAL ANTHEM:Â Steven Powell, U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class (retired),Â will perform the national anthem at 2:21Â p.m. ET (12:21 p.m. local), followed by a flyover by two F-16s and two A-10s from the Luke Air Force Base in Maricopa County, Ariz.
TV RADIO SCHEDULE:Â The race will be broadcast on NBCÂ starting at 2:30Â p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local),Â with a pre-show beginning at 2 p.m. ET (noon local). Radio calls can be found on the Motor Racing Network andÂ Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.
LIVE STREAMING:Â NBCSports.comÂ will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.
WEATHER:Â Idyllic. The Weather Channel is calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the low-mid 70s at the green flag and no chance of rain.
LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick led the final 22 laps and 38 overall in March to win for the ninth time in his Cup career at ISM Raceway, extending his track record. And one year ago in the playoff race, Matt Kenseth scored a popular victory, taking his first checkered flag of the 2017 season and the 39th win overall in his Cup career.
LINEUP: A suspended crew chief and car chief didn’t keep Harvick from posting the top speed in the final round of qualifying. Harvick earned his fourth pole of the season and the second of his career at ISM Raceway. When Harvick last took the pole in Phoenix, he led 224 of 312 laps en route to the victory in the spring of 2015.
Here’s the starting lineup for today’s Can-Am 500 (car number in parentheses):
1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
2. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
3. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
4. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
5. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
6. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
7. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
8. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
9. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
10. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
11. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
12. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
13. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
14. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford
15. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
16. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
17. (6) Matt Kenseth, Ford
18. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
19. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
20. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
21. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
22. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
23. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
24. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
25. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
26. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota
27. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
28. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
29. (95) Regan Smith, Chevrolet
30. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
31. (38) David Ragan, Ford
32. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
33. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
34. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet
35. (23) JJ Yeley, Toyota
36. (97) Tanner Berryhill, Toyota
37. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota
38. (7) DJ Kennington, Chevrolet
39. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet
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