NASCAR at Phoenix: ISM Raceway weekend schedule, start times, and tv info

NASCAR’s early season venture out west continues this weekend with both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series running at ISM Raceway, the track formerly known as Phoenix International Raceway.

Sitting in Avondale, AZ, ISM Raceway seats 51,000 fans and first opened in 1964.

Entry List: 37 cars entered in MENCS race at ISM Raceway

Activity begins on Friday with races to be held on Saturday and Sunday. IndyCar measured the track at 1.022 miles but NASCAR still is counting a lap at one mile.

Check out the full NASCAR weekend schedule for Phoenix below as well as previous winners and weather information about ISM Raceway.

NASCAR at ISM Raceway 2018 Spring Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 9

12:35-1:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, FS1
2:05-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, FS1
4:05-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
5:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, FS1 Truex on pole, qualifying results

Saturday, March 10
12:05-15:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series second practice, FS1
1:05 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1
2:30-3:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
4 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series DC Solar 200, FOX (200 laps, 200 miles) Stages 45/90/200), Green flag 4:16 p.m. ET

Sunday, March 11
3:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500, FOX (312 laps, 312 miles) Green Flag (approx): 3:44 p.m. ET

Previous Winners

Cup Series: Matt Kenseth won the fall race here. Ryan Newman won the 2017 spring race.
Xfinity Series: The most recent winner here is William Byron. Justin Allgaier won the spring race in 2017.


Rain will stay away from the event this weekend and the weather is expected to be nice. Friday will be the warmest with a high of 84 while Saturday and Sunday both see temps almost reaching 80. There could be some cloud cover during both the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series races.