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Xfinity race results, points standings after Las Vegas

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Kyle Larson won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his first NASCAR victory at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Larson led five times for a race-high 142 laps Saturday.

He beat Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler.

Click here for the Xfinity race results at Las Vegas.

JR Motorsports teammates Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler are tied atop the points standings after three races.

Completing the top five are Christopher Bell (-23), Justin Allgaier (-28) and Spencer Gallagher (-34).

Click here for the Xfinity points standings after Las Vegas


Kyle Larson scores first Xfinity triumph at Las Vegas

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Kyle Larson took the lead from Tyler Reddick on a late restart Saturday and hung on to win the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It was the first Xfinity Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver and the ninth of his career in the series. His No. 42 Chevrolet had paced both Xfinity series practices Friday leading into the race.

“This race car is so fast,” Larson said in an FS1 interivew. “This is my first time with this (composite) body, and it performed well.”

Rookie Christopher Bell, who started from the pole position for the second consecutive race, finished second, followed by Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler.

The first stage featured a duel between the race winner and Bell, who beat Larson in January for a win in the prestigious Chili Bowl dirt race.

“It was a lot of fun racing, and hopefully a lot of fun watching,” Bell told FS1. “That was really cool. There’ll be a lot more of that.”

Larson also led Saturday’s morning practice session at Las Vegas, where he will try to win for the first time at the track in the premier series Sunday.

Stage 1 winner: Justin Allgaier

Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch

MORE: Race results and points standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Bell led six laps and scored his second top-three finish in three starts. … Blaney led 33 laps for his second top five in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas. … Sadler is the only driver to finish in the top five of all three Xfinity races this season. …  Spencer Gallagher‘s 10th was only his fourth top 10 in 43 Xfinity races.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Despite winning the second stage, Kyle Busch was a disappointing 14th. … Austin Cindric crashed out in 34th, his second DNF this season because of an accident.

NOTABLE: Larson’s last Xfinity victory was at Dover International Speedway in June 2017. … It was the 11th Xfinity win at Las Vegas for Chevrolet.

WHAT’S NEXT:  DC Solar 200 at ISM Raceway at 4 p.m. ET on March 10 on Fox.

Xfinity race results, point standings following Atlanta

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Kevin Harvick won the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to snap a 22-race winless streak in the Xfinity Series.

Harvick led 141 laps and swept both stages.

He beat Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek and Elliott Sadler.

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Elliott Sadler leads the points standings after two races. He’s the only driver to start the year with two top-five finishes.

Sadler has a four-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick.

Completing the top five are Ryan Reed (-14), Ryan Truex (-21) and Spencer Gallagher (-22).

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Race results, point standings after Xfinity Series opener at Daytona

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Tyler Reddick began his tenure with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series by coming out on top in the closest finish in national NASCAR series history.

Reddick beat Elliott Sadler by 0.000 to win the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. It is his second career win.

The top five was completed by Ryan Reed, Kaz Grala and Garrett Smithley.

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With his win, the 22-year-old driver leaves Daytona with a nine-point lead over Sadler.

Completing the top five in the standings are Spencer Gallagher (-11), Ryan Truex (-15) and Reed (-16).

Click here for the point standings.

Tyler Reddick wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona in overtime finish

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Tyler Reddick won the Xfinity Series opener at Daytona after a track record 12 cautions, a record five restarts in overtime and one red flag period.

Driving the No. 9 Chevrolet, Reddick beat his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in the closest finish in national NASCAR series history, earning his second Xfinity win.

The margin of victory was 0.0004.

“That was insane. I just saw a picture of it like 10 minutes ago. It’s not much,” Reddick said in the winner’s press conference. “I guess it was just enough, just soon enough.”

The previous closest finish was .001 in the 1995 Truck Series race at Colorado National Speedway, won by Butch Miller over Mike Skinner.

The top five was completed by Ryan Reed, rookie Kaz Grala and Garrett Smithley.

“Feels amazing,” Reddick told Fox Sports 1. “This was a hell of a way to start off the year with JR Motorsports. … This is a hell of way to get my second win, my first win with JR Motorsports.”

Reddick is now qualified for the Xfinity playoffs.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity,” Reddick said. “It’s just going to take a little bit of time to het honed in. I guess we’re getting along good right off the bat. We were having some problems all day long. We were having some issues with the motor. I don’t know exactly what it was, but it held on all race long. It was getting worse at the end.”

Reddick, 22, led 11 laps in the race. None of them were in regulation.

Overtime was setup by a spin by Sadler with three laps to go in the scheduled distance on the backstretch. Sadler had previously been black flagged along with Chase Elliott for locking their bumpers together for too long with 26 to go.

Sadler was able to mount a comeback thanks to a crash with 22 to go.

It resulted in his third runner-up finish in the last three restrictor-plate races.

“I was trying to figure out how close to get to (Reddick),” Sadler told Fox Sports 1. “My spotter was telling me the 16 (Reed) was coming too, so I didn’t want to leave him the outside. Man, I really want to win this race. Most eventful race I’ve ever been a part of. Spun there twice. Got black flagged for absolutely no reason in my opinion but that’s the way it goes. … I’m proud that a JR Motorsports car went to victory lane, but I wish it was us today.”

Originally scheduled for 120 laps, the race ended after 143 laps. That’s a series record at Daytona.

The first overtime attempt was marred by a massive wreck on the backstretch that involved 18 cars.

The race marked the 100th for Xfinity as the series sponsor.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Larson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott

MORE: Race results and point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Garrett Smithley bounced back from a late-race accident to earn his first top five in his 67th start. His previous best result was eighth in this race last year … Ryan Reed earned his sixth top five. Four have come at Daytona … Spencer Gallagher finished a career-best sixth in his 41st start. Gallagher had been involved in a one-car accident on the second overtime restart … Jeff Green finished 11th for his best finish since placing 10th at Talladega last year.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: In his first start on an oval in Xfinity, Austin Cindric started a eight-car wreck in the tri-oval as the field began Lap 11. The wreck eliminated Cindric and Christopher Bell … With 14 to go in the original distance, the caution waived for separate spins by Garrett Smithley and Michael Annett in the tri-oval. Smithley was turned by Ryan Truex and Annett was turned by Brandon Jones … Drivers included in the massive crash on first overtime restart: Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliot, Joey Gase, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Matt Tifft, Jeremy Clements, Joe Nemechek, Brandon Brown, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones, David Starr, Jeff Green, Dylan Lupton and Caesar Bacarella.

NOTABLE: Reddick’s win is his second at Daytona. He won the 2015 Truck Series opener at the track. The average age of the field was 28 years, 10 months and 11 days, the youngest ever at Daytona … The 357.5 miles in the race is the second longest race in series history in terms of miles.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When I have enough fuel, yes.” – David Elenz, crew chief for Tyler Reddick when asked if he likes unlimited restarts in overtime.

QUOTE OF THE DAY 2: “Either way, fine with me.” – JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. after being told the margin of victory was the closest in history.

WHAT’S NEXT: Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 24 on Fox Sports 1.