Ticket Guardian 500 Preview: The House That Harvick Built
Ticket Guardian 500 Preview: The House That Harvick Built

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

After consecutive weeks of racing on cookie cutter ovals, we move to a track of a completely different configuration.  This oval is anything but a "cookie cutter."  This week NASCAR's top racing series stops at one of the more unique tracks on the circuit, ISM Raceway.  The track at Avondale, Arizona is an irregular "D-shaped" oval with very flat banking in the corners of nine to 11 degrees.  The straights are completely flat, and very fast as they carry off into the sweeping corners.  This oval is completely different than Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas.  Phoenix boasts the high speeds that borders on intermediate ovals with the close confines of short track racing as well.  As we have witnessed in the last several years, Kevin Harvick has turned this venue into his "house" and he's completely dominated the field the last several years at this oval.  Coming off a couple solid performances, this weekend's race would seem to set up very well for the Stewart Haas Racing star.  Harvick is still seeking his first victory of the season, so this will be a huge opportunity to get into the win column for the No. 4 Ford team.      

Since we are making our first stop of the season in the Arizona desert this week, we can only really look back on past statistics for ISM Raceway.  This style of racing is a big departure from the intermediate ovals and Daytona that we've spent the first three weeks of

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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