It’s time to gear up for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Sunday afternoon’s showdown marks the 50th time that NASCAR is holding a premier series event at the track since the inaugural Phoenix race in 1988.
NASCAR RaceDay begins pre-race coverage at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 and transitions to FOX at 3 p.m. ET.
Can the reigning Cup Series champion put another feather in his cap at Phoenix? Oddsmakers think so.
Chase Elliott opens as a 5-1 favorite to burn it down in Victory Lane this weekend, settling in just ahead of Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, who each appear at 6-1.
Where does your favorite driver land? Who are the biggest sleepers? Check out the full list of BetMGM odds.
TICKETS AND PROTOCOLS
Grandstand seating for the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 14 is sold out. However, camping and premium packages may still remain for fans who wish to attend. For more information and to check availability, visit the Phoenix Raceway ticket site.
Already purchased a ticket? Read up on the NASCAR race weekend protocols before heading to the track.
WHO’S ON THE POLE THIS SUNDAY?
Seeking his first career win at the Arizona track, Brad Keselowski leads the field to green Sunday from the Busch Pole position. Last weekend’s Vegas winner Kyle Larson joins him on the front row, followed by Hamlin, Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. to round out the top five. See the full starting lineup and how it was chosen.
The short oval and road course package returns this weekend, featuring a significantly shorter rear spoiler and front splitter. Cars are fitted with a tapered-spacer engine targeting around 750 horsepower and emphasizing lower downforce due to aerodynamic changes.
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Cup Series teams have nine sets of Goodyear Eagle Intermediate radials for the 312-lap race on the one-miler. The minimum recommended inflation for the left side tires is 14 psi coupled with 32 psi for the right front and 30 psi for the right rear. Tire management should come into play later in the race, particularly on late-race restarts.
Stage 1 ends on Lap 75, Stage 2 on Lap 190 and the Final Stage is scheduled to end on Lap 312.
CUP SERIES’ 50TH RACE AT PHOENIX RACEWAY
– Phoenix has hosted a race every season since 1988 and two races per season since 2005. Kevin Harvick is the all-time leader with 9 wins and is tied at the top with Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman with 36 starts there among active full-time drivers.
– Five organizations have won the last 15 Phoenix races: Stewart-Haas (5), Joe Gibbs Racing (4), Hendrick Motorsports (2), Richard Childress Racing (2) and Team Penske (2).
– The last eight Phoenix races were won by seven different drivers. Kyle Busch is the only driver to win multiple races at Phoenix in that time with victories in 2018 and 2019.
– Phoenix is known for overtime finishes with nine all-time.
Source: Racing Insights
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The 2021 Fantasy Live points leaders are Denny Hamlin (187), Brad Keselowski (149) and Kyle Larson (143).
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New for this season, NASCAR has partnered with LiveLike to add fan engagement in the NASCAR Mobile App. Log in to the mobile app during the race for polls, quizzes, the cheer meter and more – and see instant results from NASCAR fans like you.