Xfinity Series Races in Las Vegas

Beginning the west coast swing, the Xfinity Series kicks things off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Boyd Gaming 300.

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Forty-three teams brought cars to Las Vegas to fill 40 spots, leaving three drivers out of the race – Morgan Shepherd, Mike Harmon, and Josh Bilecki.

Brad Keselowski set a new track record in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 28.99 seconds.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the race and will bring the field to green.

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray is joining FOX broadcasters Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth for today’s race.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps long with stage three 110 laps. Las Vegas is a mile and a half track.

The starting lineup for the Boyd Gaming 300:
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Matt Tifft
Daniel Hemric
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed
Brennan Poole
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Aric Almirola
Darrell Wallace Jr
Brendan Gaughan
William Byron
Blake Koch
Cole Custer
Dakoda Armstrong
Drew Herring
JJ Yeley
Spencer Gallagher
Jeremy Clements
Ross Chastain
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett
Ray Black Jr
Jordan Anderson
Harrison Rhodes
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Garrett Smithley
Martin Roy
Joey Gase
Davd Starr
Brandon Hightower
BJ McLeod
Stephen Leicht

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag and gets out in front of the field.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap five when Stephen Leicht gets slow on the track. He is out of the race.

Kyle Busch brings the field to the green flag restart on lap 10 and the cars get three wide behind him.

Lap 15 Kyle Busch is out in front of the field by over a quarter of a second.

On lap 20, Busch has increased his lead to over half a second.

On lap 30, Busch continues to lead the race. Brandon Hightower and Jordan Anderson are out of the race.

Lap 38 it becomes the Kyle and Kyle show when Kyle Larson give Kyle Busch a challenge for the lead but is held off with lapped traffic in front of them. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 40 Kyle Busch’s lead is less than half a second. He is reporting that the car is loose and he is having vibration issues.

Lap 41 Kyle Larson again challenges Kyle Busch for the lead.

At the end of stage one, Kyle Busch is the winner but will not receive any bonus points since he is a Monster Energy Cup Series regular.

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There are 23 cars on the lead lap. Blake Koch was the “lucky dog”.

The top 10 after stage one:
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Suarez
Matt Tifft
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed

After pit road is open the drivers bring their cars down for service. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 52 and takes the lead.

On lap 10 of stage two Kyle Larson has a lead by over half a second.

Brendan Gaughan is reporting plug wire issues. Kyle Larson’s lead has increased to over a second on lap 14 of stage two.

Lap 23 of stage two Brendan Gaughan is on pit road for an unscheduled pit stop. His plug wire issue was a carburetor issues. The team replaced it.

On lap 25 of stage two Kyle Larson has a lead of three seconds on second place driver Joey Logano.

Matt Tifft brings out the third caution flag of the race after spinning out. Tifft says the car just got away from him. Spencer Gallagher is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 15 laps left in stage two.

Brendan Gaughan brings out the fourth caution flag of the race after hitting the wall on lap 35 of stage two.

Some drivers bring their cars down pit road for others; while others stayed out.

After staying out Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flage restart with six laps remaining in stage two and pulls out in front.

With four laps remaining in the stage, Kyle Larson challenges Brad Keselowski for the lead but Keselowski holds him off.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two. As a Monster Energy Cup Series driver, he does not earn any bonus points.

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The top 10 finishers of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Justin Allagier
Kyle Larson
Daniel Hemric
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Matt Tifft
Daniel Suarez
Darrell Wallace Jr

The third and final stage of the race is 110 laps.

Kyle Larson leads the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and pulls out in front of the field from the outside lane.

With 100 laps to go in the race Joey Logano has a lead of over a second. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

With 97 laps remaining in the race, the drivers get three wide.

With 92 laps to go, Brad Keselowski makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Ninety laps remaining in the race and Joey Logano has a lead of over a second and a half on second place driver Kyle Busch.

Eighty laps to go and Kyle Busch has closed Logano’s lead to just over a second.

With 75 laps to go, Joey Logano’s lead less than a second over Kyle Busch.

With 70 laps to go Joey Logano is still in the lead, there are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Green flag pit stops begin with 61 laps remaining in the race. Joey Logano has increased his lead to over two seconds.

With 57 laps to go Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for service and turns the lead over to Kyle Larson.

After green flag pit stops have cycled through, Joey Logano has retaken the lead.

With 50 laps to go, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second.

Forty-five laps to go and Joey Logano is still in the lead.

With 39 laps remaining in the race, NASCAR thows the caution flag for debris on the track. William Byron gets the “lucky dog”.

Joey Logano leads the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 33 laps remaining in the race. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Ray Black Jr brings out the seventh caution flag of the race when he spins out. Daniel Hemrick is the “lucky dog”.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 25 laps remaining in the race.

With 20 laps to go, Joey Logano has a one second lead.

JJ Yeley brings out the eighth caution flag of the race when he spins out.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in the race. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go and Joey Logano has a half second lead over Kyle Larson.

The ninth caution flag of the race comes out with just nine laps to go when Matt Tifft spins out.

There are only four laps to go when Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart. Kyle Larson challenges Logano but Logano holds him off.

Joey Logano takes the white flag.

Joey Logano wins the Byod Gaming 300. A Monster Energy Cup Series regular, Logano does not earn any bonus points.

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The unofficial results of the Boyd Gaming 300:
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Justin Allgaier
Austin Dillon
Darrell Wallace Jr
Kyle Busch
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Reed
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Blake Koch
Daniel Hemric
William Byron
Brandon Jones
Brennan Poole
Aric Almirola
Ryan Sieg
Drew Herring
Dakoda Armstrong
Michael Annett
JJ Yeley
Spencer Gallagher
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Harrison Rhodes
David Starr
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Ray Black Jr
Martin Roy
Timmy Hill
Matt Tifft
Brendan Gaughan
Jeff Green
B J McLeod
Brandon Hightower
Stphen Leicht
Jordan Anderson

photos courtesy of:
By Maverick Helicopters – Flickr: A View of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from Above, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14691529

By David Center – http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidcenterphotography/4571650783/in/photostream/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31752099

By Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41292737

By Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41350114


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