Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Threepete for Kevin Harvick at ISM Raceway

Credit: 354666Matt Sullivan/Getty Images Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona.

Starting from 10th place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford won the 14th Annual TicketGuardian 500, his 40th win in 614 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. This is his 3rd straight win and 3rd Top 10 finish in 2018. This is his 9th win & 20th Top 10 finish in 31 races at ISM Raceway. 2nd Place Car 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota, started from 7th place posted his 18th Top 10 finish in 26 races at ISM Raceway. It is his 3rd Top 10 finish in 2018. 3rd Place Car 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, started from 3rd place posted his 4th Top 10 finish in 5 races at ISM Raceway.

Credit: 354667Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona.

4th Place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota, started from 6th place followed by 5th place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, started from pole. 6th Place Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford, started from 19th place followed by 7th place Car 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford, started from 22nd place. 8th Place Car 19 Daniel Suárez ARRIS Toyota, started from 15th place followed by 9th place Car 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota, started from 9th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 41 Kurt Busch Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford, in 10th place, started from 23rd place. William Byron (12th) was the highest finishing rookie. Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 12 points over Kyle Busch.

Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, leads the field at the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona.

The race had 4 Cautions for 22 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 26 for Fluid on backstretch from Car 72 Corey LaJoie Schluter-Systems Chevrolet (Competition Caution). 2nd Caution on lap 77 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 123 for Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet Crash in Turn 4. 4th Caution on lap 147 for Car 37 Chris Buescher Scott Towels Chevrolet Crash in Turn 4.

Credit: 354657Robert Laberge/Getty Images Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona.

The race had 15 Lead Changes among 9 drivers: M. Truex Jr. 0; K. Larson 1-30; M. Truex Jr. 31-33; K. Larson 34-57; Kyle Busch 58-123; B. Keselowski 124-128; Kyle Busch 129-147; Kurt Busch 148-153; Kyle Busch 154-178; K. Harvick 179-194; W. Byron # 195-209; D. Hamlin 210-242; Kyle Busch 243-260; B. Keselowski 261-267; R. Newman 268-290; K. Harvick 291-312.

Credit: 354658Christian Petersen/Getty Images Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota, pits during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona.

Stages:
Stage 1 Top 10: 18,4,42,11,78,9,2,41,22,20
Stage 2 Top 10: 41,2,17,18,34,13,4,78,95,14

Credit: 354670Robert Laberge/Getty Images Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 4
Unofficial Race Results for the 14Th Annual Ticketguardian 500 – Sunday, March 11, 2018
ISM Raceway – Avondale, AZ – 1 Mile Paved Total Race Length – 312 Laps – 312 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 10. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford 312 Running
2. 7. Car 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota 312 Running
3. 3. Car 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 312 Running
4. 6. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 312 Running
5. 1. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota 312 Running
6. 19. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 312 Running
7. 22. Car 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 312 Running
8. 15. Car 19 Daniel Suárez ARRIS Toyota 312 Running
9. 9. Car 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota 312 Running
10. 23. Car 41 Kurt Busch Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford 312 Running
11. 13. Car 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 312 Running
12. 11. Car 24 William Byron # AXALTA Chevrolet 312 Running
13. 4. Car 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 312 Running
14. 17. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet 312 Running
15. 25. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 312 Running
16. 12. Car 12 Ryan Blaney DeVilbiss Ford 311 Running
17. 18. Car 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 311 Running
18. 2. Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 311 Running
19. 5. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 311 Running
20. 21. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 311 Running
21. 20. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 311 Running
22. 16. Car 38 David Ragan MDS Transport Ford 311 Running
23. 29. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 311 Running
24. 26. Car 95 Kasey Kahne WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 311 Running
25. 30. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Zynga Poker Ford 311 Running
26. 8. Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 310 Running
27. 36. Car 15 Ross Chastain(i) LowT Center Chevrolet 310 Running
28. 27. Car 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Click n’ Close Chevrolet 309 Running
29. 24. Car 37 Chris Buescher Scott Towels Chevrolet 309 Running
30. 28. Car 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 309 Running
31. 34. Car 96 * DJ Kennington Northern Provincial Pipe/Wilride Transport Toyota 309 Running
32. 31. Car 34 Michael McDowell K-Love Radio Ford 308 Running
33. 35. Car 51 Timmy Hill(i) RWR Chevrolet 306 Running
34. 32. Car 23 Gray Gaulding Earthwater Toyota 304 Running
35. 37. Car 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt VRX Simulators Chevrolet 292 Running
36. 14. Car 21 Paul Menard Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 189 Accident
37. 33. Car 72 Corey LaJoie Schluter-Systems Chevrolet 23 Engine

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: No. 00, 17 (backup cars), 96 (unapproved tire change) Failed to Qualify: N/A. Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 53 Mins, 13 Secs. Average Speed: 108.073 MPH. Margin of Victory: 0.774 Seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 36 laps. Lead Changes: 15 among 9 drivers.
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch, #18 Fastest Lap: Kyle Larson, #42. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #18 Moog Go the Extra Mile: Clint Bowyer, #14 crew chief Mike Bugarewicz, -0.050 seconds. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: William Byron, #24

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