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Mon­ster En­ergy Cup Event: Tick­etguardian 500 (312 laps, 312 miles (500 kilo­me­ters) around a 1-mile tri­o­val), ISM Race­way; Avon­dale, Ari­zona. TV: Sun­day, 3:30 p.m., FOX. This week: The fourth of 36 races on the sea­son, this one comes to a “new” old track. ... ISM Race­way has been re­con­fig­ured and over­hauled, with the start-fin­ish line be­ing moved to just be­fore the dog­leg, which used to be the back­stretch. Many fan at­trac­tions have been up­dated as well . ... Three dif­fer­ent driv­ers have won the first three races of the sea­son, but in the last two weeks two driv­ers for Team Penske have taken home the tro­phy . ... 2018 cham­pion Joey Logano won last week­end in Las Ve­gas in his Ford Mus­tang, with Brad Ke­selowski win­ning the week be­fore in At­lanta . ... Kevin Har­vick won this race last year and Phoenix has been his per­sonal play­ground, with seven wins in the last 13 races at the track . ... Denny Ham­lin took the sea­son-open­ing Day­tona 500 in a Toy­ota Camry . ... This is the 46th Cup race at ISM Race­way . ... Logano leads the Cup stand­ings with 133 points, fol­lowed closely by Har­vick (131), Ham­lin (127), Kyle Busch (121), Ke­selowski (115), Kyle Lar­son (102), Ricky Sten­house Jr. (99), Martin Truex Jr. (98), Erik Jones (98) and Kurt Busch (95). Event: Xfin­ity Race at ISM Race­way (200 laps, 200 miles around a 1-mile tri-oval), ISM Race­way; Avon­dale, Ari­zona. TV: Satur­day, 4 p.m., FS1. This week: This is the fourth of 33 races this sea­son. This is the 35th Xfin­ity race at ISM . ... Brad Ke­selowski won this race last spring while Chris­topher Bell won in the fall . ... Full-time Xfin­ity Se­ries rac­ers are 2-for-3 this year, with full-time Cup driver Kyle Busch win­ning last week at Las Ve­gas. ... Bell leads the Xfin­ity stand­ings with 139 points, fol­lowed by Cole Custer (121), Tyler Red­dick (121), Bran­don Jones (117), Michael An­nett (111), John Hunter Ne­mechek (107), Justin All­gaier (96), Ryan Sieg (96), Ross Chas­tain (96), Noah Grag­son (94) and Austin Cin­dric (94). This week: The Trucks are be­gin­ning a twoweek lay­off af­ter three of 23 races this sea­son and will re­turn at Martinsville Speed­way on March 23 . ... Kyle Busch won last week’s race at Las Ve­gas . ... Grant En­fin­ger leads the Truck stand­ings (117 points), fol­lowed by Har­ri­son Bur­ton (111), Austin Hill (108) and Ste­wart Friesen (103). Event: Fire­stone Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg, 1.8 mile, 14-turn cir­cuit through down­town St. Peters­burg and Al­bert Whit­ted Air­port. TV: 1:30 p.m., NBCSN. This week: The 2019 sea­son of 17 races that in­cludes the Indy 500 at the end of May and fin­ishes at Mon­terey, Calif. in Sep­tem­ber, starts this week­end. This week: The hot rods are off af­ter two of 24 events this sea­son be­fore head­ing to Gainesville, Fla., for the famed Ga­tor­na­tion­als on March 14-17 . ... In Ari­zona two weeks ago, Billy Tor­rence won in Top Fuel, Matt Ha­gan in Funny Car and Jeg Cough­lin Jr. win­ning Pro Stock. Pro Stock Mo­tor­cy­cle de­buts at the Ga­tor­na­tion­als . ... Tor­rence leads the Top Fuel points with 178, fol­lowed by Doug Kalitta (172) . ... Robert Hight leads Funny Car (205), with Ha­gan (160) sec­ond. ... Bo But­ner is on top of Pro Stock (181), fol­lowed by Ja­son Line (157).

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