It’s the final race of the west coast swing when the NASCAR Cup Series cars run the FanShield 500.

At one mile in length, Phoenix Raceway is considered a short track which also means a new rules package and look to the cars. The drivers will also have to break in a new tire from Goodyear.

This is the first time in NASCAR history that the drivers are getting such an early look at the track where they will not only run the final race of the season; but will also crown a new champion.

NASCAR ran their first race at Phoenix in 1988 with Alan Kulwicki winning the race…and created a new tradition by running a victory lap backwards, which became known as the Polish Victory Lap.


The short-track package includes a much shorter rear spoiler and front splinter that will require the drivers to rely on handling and performance.

It seems that every year Silly Season begins a little earlier and this year talk has already begun as to whichdrivers may be moving on after the season after only three races. While Jimmie Johnson has already announced his impending retirement, there are teams who have yet to cement drivers for next season. But one driver has taken his name off the list when Penske Racing driver Ryan Blaney signed a new multi year contract to continue driving the number 12 car.

Still healing after his big crash, Ryan Newman has made a visit or two to the Roush-Fenway Racing shop and this weekend he is in the garage with his Roush-Fenway team mates. While there is still no timetable for his return to the number six car, Newman says that he is feeling good. Ross Chastain will continue to driver the number six car until Newman is ready to return to driving.

For the second week in a row, NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr will have to start the race from the back of the field, but this time it has nothing to do with issues in the inspection process. On Saturday morning, Truex’s number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team put a new engine in the car. According to the rules, drivers must use the same engine the entire weekend or face a penalty of starting the race from the back of the field if they replace that engine…even if it was done for mechanical issues.

After qualifying, Chase Elliott puts his number nine car on the pole with a time of 26.06 seconds around the track. Elliott will bring the field to green with Kevin Harvick starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the FanShield 500:
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Ryan Preece
Jimmie Johnson
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
John Hunter Nemechek
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Tyler Reddick
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill

Running 500 kilometers – 312 miles – all three of the stages will be different lengths with stage one lasting 75 laps, stage two is 115 laps, and stage three will be 122 laps.


Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two; Chase Elliott is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Kyle Larson makes it a three way battle with Elliott taking the lead.

Lap four the top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap six, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson who continue to battle for position.

Lap 10, Chase Elliott holds on to his lead of over half a second with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 16, Chase Elliott holds on to his half second lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 20, the leaders are already encountering slower traffic with Chase Elliott leading the way by half a second over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 25, Chase Elliott has led every lap so far with Kevin Harvick in second; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Ninth place driver Kyle Busch has brushed the wall but the track stays green and Busch remains on the track.

Lap 34, Chase Elliott continues to hold on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 38, Kyle Larson is reporting a very tight condition.

Lap 39, Chase Elliott’s lead is down to less than a tenth of a second on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 42, Chase Elliott’s lead is back up to half a second over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 50, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 54, Timmy Hill is on pit road.

Chase Elliott has a lead of only two tenths of a second on Kevin Harvick. After starting at the back of the field due to an engine change, Martin Truex Jr has moved up to 14th place.

Lap 57, in a three way battle for the lead, Chase Elliott holds on to the top spot with Kevin Harvick in second.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the first caution flag of the race after getting loose and hitting the wall on lap 58.

Lap 60, pit road becomes a very busy place as drivers come down looking for fresh rubber. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Dillon’s crew was charged with coming over the pit wall too soon. Christopher Bell was caught speeding on pit road. Both drivers will restart the race from the back of the field.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead.

The second caution flag of the race comes out after Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney get into a crash.

Ryan Blaney is in the garage on the crash clock. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are on pit road for repairs.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 71 and holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ky Busch round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one for his first ever stage win at Phoenix.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
Alex Bowman
Martn Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones

After pitting only a few laps ago, several of the drivers stay out on the track; while other drivers come down pit road for service. The drivers cannot complete stage two without making at least one pit stop.

Timmy Hill and Ryan Blaney are out of the race.

Corey LaJoie was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 85 and holds off Chase Elliott to keep the lead; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 88, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Chase Elliott.

Lap 89, Chase Elliott has caught leader Kevin Harvick and is challenging for the lead.

Don’t think fresh tires matter??? Joey Logano is running times two seconds faster than lead Kevin Harvick after Logano came down pit road; while Harvick stayed out on the track.

Chase Elliot has gotten around Kevin Harvick for the lead with Joey Logano in third; Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 100, Chase Elliott has a tenth of a second lead on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 104, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead from Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Austin Dillon had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose tire. He is now two laps down.

Lap 110, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 112, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 123, Kevin Harvick has a second and a half lead on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Lap 130, Kevin Harvick holds on to his second and a half lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 131,Austin Dillon brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall.

Pit road becomes a busy spalce as drivers are looking for fresh tires. Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road with Brad Keselowski right behind him.

Joey Logano had an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kevin Harvick has a slow pit stop after difficulties on the right front tire.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 138 and the drivers immediately get several cars wide across the track. While Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead, Martin Truex Jr comes from third and takes the lead.

Lap 140; the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer.

After a three wide battle, Chase Elliott retakes the lead after a three battle

Lap 147, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

After a lead of over a second, Chase Elliott has to come down pit road with a loose wheel. Brad Keselowski is the new leader with a two second lead on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Chase Elliott came back out on the track in 28th place, one lap down.

With 25 laps remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski has a lead of a second and half on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 170, Brak Keselowski holds on to his second and a half lead on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 176, Kevin Harvick is beginning to eat into Brad Keselowski’s second and a half lead. Keselowski leads Harvick by 1.20 seconds; Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick,, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With nine laps remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski’s lead over Kevin Harvick is down to less than a second.

With only two laps remaining in stage two, Garrett Smithley brings out the caution flag and freezing the field with a blown engine. Brad Keselowski wins stage two for his first stage win of the season and the first ever in Phoenix.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Larson
Cole Custer

Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog” and will be on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road, beating Brad Keselowski by inches. Once again Kevin Harvick had a slow pit stop.

Michael McDowell has made several trips down pit road, many times with the hood up, but he is back out on the track.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 200, but it is Brad Keselowski who gets out in front for the lead with rookie driver Tyler Reddick in second. Martin Truex Jr falls to fifth place.

Lap 204, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Aric Almirola. Chase Elliott has gained 14 spots since the restart.

Lap 207, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 209, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now over two seconds on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Martin Treux Jr round out the top five.

Lap 211, Chase Elliott is back in the top 10 in ninth place.

Quin Houff brings out the caution flag after a heavily smoking car that backs into the wall. Houff tells his crew chief that something blew up.

Taking only two tires, Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road. Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, and Christopher Bell also took only two tires.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 91 laps remaining in the race. Truex gets out in front of Tyler Reddick for the lead as drivers gets three wide across the track.

Christopher Bell gets into the wall but the track stays green.

With 89 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has the lead but Joey Logano on fresher tires takes over the lead; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

With 85 laps to go, Kevin Harvick passes Martin Truex Jr for second. Chase Elliott is back in the top five in fifth place.

With 77 laps to go, the drivers that took only two tires have fallen back in the field. Joey Logano leads the race by three quarters of a second over Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Erik Jones gets loose and taps the wall but the track stays green.

With 72 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on lead Joey Logano to half a second.

Sixty-five laps remain in the race, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick in second; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With 62 to go, Kevin Harvick passes Joey Logano for the lead.

Erik Jones brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall hard.

Pit road is very busy. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Joey Logano coming out in second.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 54 laps to go. After a little side by side racing, Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Joey Logano has a narrow lead on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick brings out the caution flag on lap 265 when he gets into the wall causing heavy damage to his car.

There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Much of the field has come down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers did not come down pit road.

Joey Logano’s team had issues on pit road, causing a slow pit stop.

The top nine drivers stayed out on the track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Elliott alongside with 41 laps remaining in the race. After taking the inside lane, the drivers gets three and four wide with Kyle Larson getting out in front for the lead with Brad Keselowski in second.

Forty to go, Kyle Larson leads the race; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski gets past Kyle Larson for the lead with 39 laps to go.

Thirty-five to go, Chris Buescher brings out the caution flag after a possible flat tire and a brush with the wall.

Kyle Busch is now the second place driver behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Even though they had come down pit road only a few laps back, the drivers again come down pit road for fresh tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Again staying out on the track, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with 30 laps to to. The drivers get spread out across the track with Martin Truex Jr hitting the wall and bringing out the caution flag. Truex takes his car to the garage.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 24 laps to ge; the drivers get four and five wide across the track before getting two by two. Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with Joey Logano in second; Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second.

Joey Logano gets around Brad Keselowski to take the lead; Keivn Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

With 17 laps to go, Kevin Harvick passes Brad Keselowski for second; Joey Logano has a one second lead.

Fifteen to go, Joey Logano has a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Fourteen to go, Kyle Busch takes third from Brad Keselowski

Thirteen to go, Brad Keselowski retakes third place from Kyle Busch. Joey Logano continues to lead the race.

Ten to go, Joey Logano is in the lead with Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Ross Chastain brings out the cuation flag with nine laps remaining in the race when he spins out after making contact with Cole Custer.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires but the leaders stay out.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with only four laps remaining in the race. Logano gets out in front for the lead but gets a challenge from Kyle Busch.

Big spin brings out the caution flag with three laps to go will bring an overtime finish. In a five wide battle John Hunter Nemechek, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Matt DiBenedetto were all involved. Alex Bowman also sustained some damage to his car.

In a two lap shootout, Joey Logano brings the field to green from the inside lane and gets out in front to hold on to the lead; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Joey Logano takes the white flag.

Joey Logano becomes the first driver to win a second race in this young NASCAR Cup Series season. This is career win number 25 for Joey Logano.

The unofficial results of the FanShield 500:
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott

Aric Almirola
Cole Custer

William Byron
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ross Chastain
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
JJ Yeley
Corey LaJoie
Erik Jones
Joey Gase
Reed Sorenson
Brennan Poole
Martin Truex Jr
Tyler Reddick
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Timmy Hill