Race: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500.
Distance: 312 laps, or 312 miles.
Where: ISM Raceway, a 1-mile, asphalt, trioval in Avondale, Arizona.
When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Last year’s winner: Ryan Newman.
Also this week: DC Solar 200, Xfinity Series, ISM Raceway, 4 p.m., Saturday, FOX.
Worth mentioning: This is one of just four NASCAR races to be measured in kilometers instead of miles or laps. The others are ISM’s fall race and both road course races.
Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not
Kevin Harvick: Back-to-back wins make him the early (surprise) favorite to win his second championship.
Joey Logano: He missed the playoffs in 2017, but at second in the standings with three Top 10 finishes, he’s proving last season was a fluke.
Jimmie Johnson: At 29th in the standings, Johnson has a ways to go if he wants to make the playoffs.
Chase Elliott: He’s been unlucky so far, mostly being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but 21st place is what it is.