Continuing their west coast trip, the Monster Energy Cup Series moves to Phoenix and ISM Raceway for the TicketGuardian 500.

Since the drivers were at ISM last spring, the track has been reconfigured with the turns reversed. Turns one and two are now turns three and four.

Only 36 teams brought cars ot the track this week.

After the first round of qualifying, Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell got physical over an on track incident.

After three rounds of qualifying with a lap time of 25.48 seconds, Ryan Blaney puts his number 12 car on the pole and will lead the field to green.

The starting lineup for the TicketGuardian 500:
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Daniel Hemric
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Matt DiBenedetto
Clint Bowyer
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Matt Tifft
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Bayley Currey

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 162 laps for a total of 312 miles or 500 kilometers around the one mile track.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Chase Elliott who leads the first lap.

NASCAR has announced that race leader Chase Elliott has a start violation and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Ryan Blaney is now the leader of the race and will get credit for the laps that Chase Elliott led.

Twenty laps into the race, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 35, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race but is getting challenged from Kyle Busch. Busch passes Blaney to take the lead of the race. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 39 the first caution flag of the race comes out when Erik Jones blows a tire and spins out.

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson also took only tow tires. Kyle Busch was the first driver off of pit road to take four tires.

Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr were caught speeding on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 45 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 46, Kyle Busch retakes the lead.

Lap 51, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half.

Lap 59, Kyle Busch’s lead is now over three seconds on team mate Denny Hamlin.

With 12 laps remaining in stage one, Brad Keselowski brings out the second caution flag of the race after hitting the wall after “something broke”.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, but some of the drivers stayed out on the track.

Just as the cars were ready to restart the race, Daniel Suarez’ car stopped on the track and had to be towed to pit road.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with only five laps remaining in the stage. The drivers are getting four wide across the track with Ryan Blaney in the lead.

Daniel Suarez returns to the track one lap down after the team changed a battery.

Ryan Blaney wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick

After bringing out the caution flag, Brad Keselowski is back on the track and is the “lucky dog”.

Taking fuel only, Ty Dillon wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out at the end of the stage, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 84 and holds on to the lead as the drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Lap 88, Kyle Busch has already pulled out to a lead of a second on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 107, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to two seconds over Clint Bowyer.

Lap 125, Kyle Busch has now pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Clint Bowyer with 22 cars on the lead lap.

After getting into the wall, Alex Bowman brings out the caution flag with only two laps remaining in stage two.

Kyle Busch wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 158 with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Micheal McDowell brings out the caution flag on lap 162 when he hits the wall after getting hit from behind by David Ragan when McDowell’s car slowed on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 165. Busch holds on to his lead as the drivers get four wide across the track.

Michael McDowell reports that the throttle stuck “wide open” on his car.

The caution flag comes out on lap 195 when Alex Bowman blows a tire and hits the wall.

After taking only two tires, Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road. Austin Dillon also took only two tires.

Ryan Newman was charged with a safety violation – a crew member had his hand over the pit wall – and will have serve a pass through penalty. Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 201 but with four fresh tires, Kyle Busch passes Johnson for the lead.

One hundred laps to go, Kyle Busch has a second and a half lead on Jimmie Johnson with 22 cars on the lead lap; Michael McDowell and Alex Bowman are the only cars out of the race.

After reporting a vibration earlier, Chase Elliott brings out the caution flag on lap 219 after spinning out with a tire issue.

Taking fuel only, Austin Dillon wins the race off of pit road. Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamiln, Paul Menard, and Ryan Newman each took only two tires. Kyle Busch is the first driver off pit road with four fresh tires.

After staying out on the track, Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart with 88 laps remaining in the race. Daniel Hemric leads the race.

Ryan Preece gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 227. Brad Keselowski brushes the wall trying to avoid Preece.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with 81 laps remaining in the race. The drivers get four wide across the track with Almirola in the lead.

The caution flag comes out with 80 laps remaining for the tenth caution flag of the race.

Due to the number of caution flags, all of the drivers who pitted with 91 laps remaining in the race can now make it to the end of the race.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with 75 laps remaining in the race.

With 61 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Blaney passes Aric Almirola for the lead.

With 56 laps to go, Kyle Busch gets around Aric Almirola for second place and sets his sights on lead Ryan Blaney a second and a half ahead.

Fifty to go, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second over a second and half behind.

Matt DiBenedetto has a power issue and gets his car down pit road in time to keep the track green.

Forty five laps to go, leader Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in second are running the fastest laps on the track.

Forty to go, Kyle Busch has closed to less than half a second behind leader Ryan Blaney.

Thirty to go, Ryan Blaney is still out in front with the lead; Kyle Busch continues to chase Blaney from second place.

Twenty to go, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Kyle Busch just under a half a second behind.

With 17 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch battle Ryan Blaney for the lead and with 16 laps to go, Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 300, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a one second lead over Ryan Blaney with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Austin Dillon had to come down pit road out of fuel with six laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch earns Monster Energy Cup Series win number 52. Busch has won at least one race in each o the past 15 seasons. With the win, Busch is just one win away from the magic number of 200 wins across all three NASCAR racing series.

TicketGuardian 500 results:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Daniel Hemric
Brad Keselowski
Matt Tifft
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Suarez
William Byron
David Ragan
Coey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Quin Houff
Bayley Currey
Cody Ware
Landon Cassill
Ryan Preece
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell

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