TicketGuardian 500

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TicketGuardian 500
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Venue ISM Raceway
Location Avondale, Arizona, United States
Corporate sponsor TicketGuardian
First race2005
Distance318.864 mi (513.162 km)
Laps312 (Stage 1: 75
Stage 2: 75
Stage 3: 162)
Previous namesSubway Fresh 500
Subway Fresh Fit 500
(2007–2009, 2011–2013)
Subway Fresh Fit 600
The Profit on CNBC 500 (2014)
CampingWorld.com 500 (2015)
Good Sam 500 (2016)
Camping World 500 (2017)
Most wins (driver) Kevin Harvick (5)
Most wins (team) Stewart-Haas Racing (5)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (10)
Circuit information
Length1.022 mi (1.645 km)

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, the Charlotte Roval, and both road course events). The 500-kilometer (310 mi) race currently starts at 3:30 p.m. EST and finishes during the day. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

Stock car racing Form of automobile racing

Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly and most prominently in the United States and Canada, with New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Great Britain and Brazil also having forms of stock car auto racing. Traditionally, races are run on oval tracks measuring approximately 0.25 to 2.66 miles. The world's largest governing body for stock car racing is the American NASCAR, and its NASCAR Cup Series is the premier top level series of professional stock car racing. Top level races typically range between 200 to 600 miles in length. The cars were originally production models, but are now highly modified.

ISM Raceway Motorsport track in the United States

ISM Raceway, formerly Phoenix International Raceway is a 1-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona, near Phoenix. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. ISM Raceway has also hosted the CART, IndyCar Series, USAC and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

Avondale, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Avondale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to Phoenix. According to the 2017 U.S. Census estimates, the population of the city is 84,025.


Race history

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.

Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing short track located in Henry County, Ridgeway, Virginia, just to the south of Martinsville. At 0.526 miles (847 m) in length, it is the shortest track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The track was also one of the first paved oval tracks in NASCAR, being built in 1947 by partners H. Clay Earles, Henry Lawrence and Sam Rice per Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 76 on the death of H. Clay Earles. It is also the only race track that has been on the NASCAR circuit from its beginning in 1948. Along with this, Martinsville is the only NASCAR oval track on the entire NASCAR track circuit to have asphalt surfaces on the straightaways, then concrete to cover the turns.

Food City 500 Auto race held at Bristol, United States

The Food City 500 is an annual 500-lap, 266.5-mile (428.9 km) annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points race held at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. This is one of two NASCAR races held at Bristol, the other being the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, and is considered one of NASCAR's best races. It was the first venue of the 2007 NASCAR schedule to host the fifth-generation NASCAR premiership race car, a race won by Kyle Busch.

Bristol Motor Speedway Motorsport track in the United States

Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.

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 km (372.8 mi) so that the extra 100 km (62.1 mi) would take place during the day, and most of the race would still take place at night as planned. [1] However, in 2011, the race moved one week after the Daytona 500 in February. The race returned to 312 laps [513.9 km (319.3 mi)] 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. [2]

Eastern Time Zone time zone observing UTC−05:00 during standard time and UTC−04:00 during daylight saving time

The Eastern Time Zone (ET) is a time zone encompassing part or all of 22 states in the eastern part of the contiguous United States, parts of eastern Canada, the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, Panama in Central America, and certain Caribbean and Atlantic islands, along with certain countries and parts of countries in South America. Places that use Eastern Standard Time (EST) when observing standard time (autumn/winter) are five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC−05:00).

Pacific Time Zone North American time zone

The Pacific Time Zone (PT) is a time zone encompassing parts of western Canada, the western United States, and western Mexico. Places in this zone observe standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC−08:00). During daylight saving time, a time offset of UTC−07:00 is used.

Daytona 500 Auto race held in Daytona, Florida, United States

The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the first of two Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second being the Coke Zero 400, and one of three held in Florida, with the annual championship showdown Ford EcoBoost 400 being held at Homestead south of Miami. It is one of the four tapered spacer races on the Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.

Past winners

YearDateNo.DriverTeamManufacturerRace DistanceRace TimeAverage Speed
LapsMiles (km)
2005 April 2397 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 312312 (502.115)3:02:16102.707 Report
2006 April 2229 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)2:54:51107.063 Report
2007 April 2124 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)2:53:48107.71 Report
2008 April 1248 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)3:01:14103.292 Report
2009 April 185 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)2:53:16108.042 Report
2010 April 1039 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 378*378 (608.332)3:48:1499.372 Report
2011 February 2724 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)3:01:49102.961 Report
2012 March 411 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312312 (502.115)2:50:35110.085 Report
2013 March 399 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 316*316 (508.553)3:00:15105.187 Report
2014 March 24 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)2:51:23109.229 Report
2015 March 154 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 312312 (502.115)2:57:01105.753 Report
2016 March 134 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 313*313 (503.724)2:45:53113.212 Report
2017 March 1931 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 314*314 (505.334)3:00:41104.271 Report
2018 March 114 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312312 (502.115)2:53:13108.073 Report
2019 March 1018 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312312 (502.115)3:04:05101.693 Report

In North American motorsport, a green–white–checker finish is one in which no yellow caution flag is shown during the final laps. Many race rules require a green–white–checker finish, because no competition may take place, including no passing, while a caution flag is showing. The name alludes to three racing flags:

Multiple winners (drivers)

# WinsDriverYears Won
5 Kevin Harvick 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
2 Jeff Gordon 2007, 2011
Ryan Newman 2010, 2017

Multiple winners (teams)

# WinsTeamYears Won
5 Stewart-Haas Racing 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
4 Hendrick Motorsports 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
2 Roush Fenway Racing 2005, 2013
Richard Childress Racing 2006, 2017
Joe Gibbs Racing 2012, 2019

Manufacturer wins

# WinsManufacturerYears Won
10 Chevrolet 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
3 Ford 2005, 2013, 2018
2 Toyota 2012, 2019

Notable moments

Jeff Gordon American racing driver

Jeffery Michael Gordon is an American former professional stock car racing driver, currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR, and a top executive for Hendrick Motorsports. He formerly drove the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 23 full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons between 1993 and 2015, and served as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in select races during the 2016 season.

Dale Earnhardt American racing driver

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. was an American professional auto racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. The third child of racing driver Ralph Earnhardt and Martha Earnhardt, he began his career in 1975 in the World 600 as part of the Winston Cup Series.

Cale Yarborough American racecar driver

William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough, is an American farmer, businessman and former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner. He is one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships. He was the second NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Television broadcasters

YearNetwork Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2016 Darrell Waltrip
Jeff Gordon


  1. "News & Media". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  2. "NASCAR reveals 2015 schedules for national series". NASCAR. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. "Memorable Moments: Phoenix". NASCAR . November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
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