Starting Line / This week’s racing
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).