TicketGuardian 500: A recap in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Monday, March 11, 2019
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We relive the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway exclusively in animated GIFs, the best medium of communication ever.
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Drivers were eager to kick off the fourth race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season -- especially second-place starter Chase Elliott, who was penalized for jumping the initial start after beating polesitter Ryan Blaney to the start line.
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While Ryan Blaney looked fast early, Kyle Busch looked even faster, taking the lead from Blaney on Lap 36.
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Erik Jones ran into problems early and his Toyota ended up into the wall.
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With Stage 1 winding to a close, Brad Keselowski suspected his car had an issue.
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Since damaged tires tend to not fix themselves, Keselowski soon found himself in trouble, tagging the wall.
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Rookie Ryan Preece solidified his reputation as the crash avoidance master (we'll let Atlanta slide).
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Daniel Suarez's car lost power during a caution period, requiring a push -- his second of the weekend after tangling with Michael McDowell during qualifying.
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Ryan Blaney took advantage of intense racing on the restart to claim the Stage 1 win.
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After a tire issue, Alex Bowman collided with the wall. Luckily, Nationwide is on his side, even though the logo's a little crumpled.
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Kyle Busch proved his speed by winning Stage 2.
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Michael McDowell's eventful weekend came to an end in the Turn 3 wall in the final stage.
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Unlike McDowell's teammate David Ragan who had no place to go, Ryan Preece managed to swerve to safety -- again.
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Following Arizonan Michael McDowell's struggles, fellow local driver Alex Bowman's day ended after again making contact with the wall.
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A loose wheel sent Chase Elliott's car for a spin. It did not look like a hoot inside of the No. 9 car.
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Luck eventually ran out for Ryan Preece, who crashed after contact with Daniel Suarez.
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With Ryan Blaney in control of the race, Kyle Busch had other plans, taking the lead after chasing down Blaney's Ford throughout the final stage.
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In the end, Kyle Busch held on for the victory and the weekend sweep, solidifying his place in the playoffs, as if there were any doubt he'd make it.
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Kyle Busch's second-consecutive victory at ISM Raceway in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series means he's undefeated on the new track layout.
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That'll make the boss happy. The next one's No. 200 for Rowdy.