The Blue Green Vacations 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at ISM Raceway in Avon dale, Arizona. It is one of five NASCAR races run with a length measured in kilometers; the Ticket Guardian 500 at Phoenix and the three road course events (Toyota/Save Mart 350, Go Bowling at The Glen and Bank of America Roval 400) are the others. Starting in 2020, the event will be the championship decider for the NASCAR Cup Series, as the First Data 500 at Martins ville takes Phoenix’s former spot. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the race.
START TIME: November 10, 2019
LOCATION: ISM Raceway in Avon dale, Arizona
COURSE: permanent racing facility 1 mi (1.6 km
RACE DISTANCE: 312 laps, 312 mi (499.2 km)
ISM Raceway – also known as PIR – is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. It is named after the nearby metropolitan area of Phoenix. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. PIR has also hosted the Indy Car Series, CART, USAC and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.
The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 mi (4.0 km) road course that ran both inside and outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 mi (2.43 km) interior layout. PIR has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend.
ISM Raceway is home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. The track is both the first and last stop in the western United States, as well as the fourth and penultimate track on the schedule.