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Joey Logano dominates late restarts to win Xfinity Series race in Las Vegas

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Joey Logano fended off Kyle Larson twice on late restarts to secure a win in the Xfinity Series’ Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In his first Xfinity start of 2017, Logano held off Larson for the last time on a restart with four to go. Logano committed to the outside lane on both restarts.

“It was hard to figure out what to do, what lane to pick,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “Those restarts are crazy though. You don’t know what lane to pick and it depends on whose a good pusher and you’re trying to remember what (happened) on the last one.”

Filling out the top five was Larson, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon

It’s Logano’s 28th Xfinity win and comes in his first series start at the 1.5-mile track.

Logano, who led the final 55 laps, used a big push from Dillon on the next to last restart to get by Larson. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver earned his best Xfinity finish at Las Vegas in three starts.

“I thought Joey and I were pretty equal,” Larson told FS1. “I think clean air was big. When I was out front I could pull out similar to how he was. I probably needed some longer runs there. We just kept getting cautions there at the end. Maybe needed some lapped traffic for sure.”

Larson led 33 laps to Logano’s race high 106.

Allgaier was the highest finishing Xfinity regular. He led the four that finished in the top 10.

Stage 1 winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 winner: Brad Keselowski

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: After two 30th-place results to start the year, Allgaier was the top placing Xfinity regular in the first two segments, finishing the race with 14 stage points … Darrell Wallace Jr. finished sixth after a day of battling with flu symptoms. It’s his second sixth-place finish in a row … Elliott Sadler finished eighth for his second top 10 of the season. … Blake Koch finished 12th for his best result through three races.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Brad Keselowski finished 10th after pitting for a cut right-rear tire with 92 to go and getting bogged in traffic for the rest of the race … Vegas native Brendan Gaughan fell off the pace early in Stage 2 for mechanical issue and went to the garage. He later spun with 10 to go in the stage. He finished  35th, 11 laps down … Matt Tifft spun on his own on Lap 71 in Stage 2 and backed into the outside wall. The rookie stayed on the lead lap but later went to the garage after spinning with nine to go from contact with Spencer Gallagher. Tifft finished 34th.

NOTABLE: In 21 Xfinity races held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Logano was the 15th different winner. Mark Martin was the last repeat winner in 2011 …

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve been racing for 15 years and that always makes me feel better anytime I can climb in a race car, so that helped out a lot. It was tough, though. Under caution I just wanted to go to sleep every time … Being fast, hell, I’ll do it with the flu every time when we’re that good.” – Darrell Wallace Jr. after finishing sixth with flu symptoms.

WHAT’S NEXT: DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway at 4 p.m. ET on March 18 on Fox Sports 1

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.