There is a ton on the line this weekend! There are still two spots in the championship race next week to be decided and there are six drivers still alive for those spots. The pressure will lead to some amazing racing and this is a track that lends itself to some daring strategies and maneuvers on the track. ISM Raceway is nestled in front of a mountain range just outside of Phoenix and it’s possibly the most scenic track, but don’t let the views distract you.

This 1-mile track is relatively flat at just 12 degrees of banking at the most but it’s the layout of the 1-mile surface that gets noticed. Just after Turn 4 and the start/finish line lies the “Dogleg” portion of the track that is pretty much a wide sweeping turn of a straightaway section that has no out of bounds line. That means you will see divebomb moves all race long and restarts will be extraordinarily chaotic as it spreads five-wide as the drivers fight for real estate heading into Turn 1. With it being the full 750-horsepower package, the laps will be clicked off quickly and this is one of the faster races of the year, time-wise. The 500 in the race number is for 500 kilometers and thus the race is 312 miles and laps in length.

There is a history here of laps led dominators as it can be tough to pass for the lead with so many laps clicking off quickly. Overall five winners have come from the Pole but none since 2013 and the newly moved start/finish line from the middle of the straightaway to right before the dogleg gives the ability for late-race restarts to really shift the finishing order.

For a further breakdown, see the Track Breakdown, Practice Notes, and Podcast that are all out on the NASCAR page.

Average Points By Starting Spot

This tool is meant to be a representation of what each spot scored over the last five FALL races at Phoenix regardless of which driver was in that spot each race. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, but more of a guide of sorts.

Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank
Kyle Busch 1 57.80 1 66.60 2 Michael McDowell 21 38.20 11 60.32 5
Joey Logano 2 40.65 5 53.36 17 Jimmie Johnson 22 38.80 9 60.58 3
Denny Hamlin 3 48.40 3 48.88 22 Bubba Wallace 23 23.50 24 49.22 21
Martin Truex Jr 4 39.40 8 57.62 9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 24 31.60 17 55.20 15
Kyle Larson 5 29.70 19 55.52 14 Ryan Preece 25 18.60 31 42.92 29
Chase Elliott 6 35.55 12 56.92 10 John Hunter Nemechek 26 4.40 40 29.60 38
Kevin Harvick 7 30.75 18 52.18 18 Daniel Hemric 27 26.70 20 50.48 20
Kurt Busch 8 52.55 2 67.74 1 Austin Dillon 28 32.00 16 54.10 16
Erik Jones 9 11.40 37 39.20 34 Ty Dillon 29 33.95 14 55.58 13
Ryan Blaney 10 38.30 10 57.80 8 David Ragan 30 24.85 22 48.40 24
Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank
Aric Almirola 11 25.60 21 51.68 19 Corey LaJoie 31 16.80 33 40.74 33
Brad Keselowski 12 23.60 23 45.18 26 Ross Chastain 32 23.20 25 46.72 25
Clint Bowyer 13 40.50 7 60.44 4 Landon Cassill 33 20.90 28 44.04 28
Alex Bowman 14 41.10 4 56.52 11 Bayley Currey 34 23.20 25 44.64 27
Daniel Suarez 15 22.50 27 48.60 23 Garrett Smithley 35 13.60 35 34.06 36
Matt DiBenedetto 16 17.70 32 42.58 31 Joe Nemechek 36 16.80 33 38.36 35
Chris Buescher 17 20.65 29 42.54 32 Reed Sorenson 37 11.80 36 30.88 37
William Byron 18 40.60 6 59.54 6 Joey Gase 38 20.40 30 42.82 30
Paul Menard 19 32.40 15 55.68 12 JJ Yeley 39 10.20 39 28.76 39
Ryan Newman 20 35.50 13 58.36 7            

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Ke. Harvick7Ford4 $12500 $9700UPGRADE
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Ch. Elliott6Chevrolet9 $12200 $10000UPGRADE
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Ry. Blaney10Ford12 $11000 $9300UPGRADE
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Ry. Newman20Ford6 $7000 $7600UPGRADE
Pa. Menard19Ford21 $ $UPGRADE
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Ty. Dillon29Chevrolet13 $4000 $5700UPGRADE
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JJ. Yeley39Chevrolet53 $3000 $4900UPGRADE