Kyle Busch scores Xfinity Series win at Las Vegas

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Kyle Busch led all but one lap to win the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first Xfinity Series win at his home track.

Busch won from the pole for the second week in a row and led a sweep of the top three positions by Joe Gibbs Racing, as he was chased in the final laps by Daniel Suarez , who finished second, and rookie Erik Jones, who fought back from two speeding penalties that sent him two laps down.

“It feels really good for as good as this car was,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “I hated to lose but man, Daniel Suarez was coming on there at the end. He was really, really fast.”

Busch led 199 of 200 laps and along the way led his 16,000th lap, which is a Xfinity Series record. At one point, Busch had lapped all but 10 cars in the 40-car field. Eleven drivers managed to finish on the lead lap.

“Suarez was definitely faster than us when he got clean track,” Busch said. “If roles were reversed, he would have been pulling away from me and I wasn’t going to be able to catch him.”

Suarez earned his first top five of the year and the ninth of his career. The second-year driver made a last effort at the lead in the closing laps, getting within a few car lengths of Busch before the No. 18 took the checkered flag.

“I just felt like it took me too much time to figure out how to be fast with a loose car in traffic,” Suarez told Fox Sports 1. “I think in the end we were able to figure it out, but it took me 10 laps.”

HOW KYLE BUSCH WON: The No. 18 started from the pole and stayed out front for the entire race except for one lap during green flag pit stops.

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Erik Jones had a complicated relationship with pit road. During the first set of green flag stops, the rookie was caught speeding entering and leaving the pits. Then, while serving his pass through penalty, he was caught speeding again, leading to a stop-and-go penalty. Thanks to cautions, the rookie clawed his way back to finish third … Brendan Gaughan, another Las Vegas native, finished 10th, one of the 11 cars that finished on the lead lap … Brennan Poole finished 11th, just shy of earning his third top-10 finish of his career.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY:  Blake Koch had a mechanical issue on Lap 108 that made his No. 11 lose power and head to the garage for a short time. Koch finished 26th … The red flag was brought out on Lap 137 for a crash involving Cody Ware, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Justin Marks. Ware’s car became loose in Turn 2, spun and slid down the outside wall before coming to a rest in the middle of the track. Wallace was unable to avoid Ware and slammed into the car. The impact destroyed the right-rear of Wallace’s car, which continued down the track before being hit again by Marks. All three drivers walked away and Wallace finished in 33rd, 65 laps down. “By the time we saw (Ware) it was too late. I was already kind of pinched sideways. It was a hell of a hit,” Wallace said … It was an uncharacteristic day for the No. 22 at Team Penske. Brad Keselowski started 15th and by Lap 50 was being lapped by Kyle Busch. A vibration caused him to pit out of sequence and fall further off the pace. He finished 15th, three laps down.

NOTABLE: The only lap not led by Kyle Busch was led by Darrell Wallace Jr. on Lap 55 … Daniel Suarez leaves Las Vegas leading the point standings. He has a three-point lead over Elliott Sadler … Xfinity Series regulars have failed to win in the first three race of 2016 and qualify for the series’ Chase.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s awesome that they have always supported racing out here in Vegas. Fans have always supported the Bullring and then fans always come out here to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I love it and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.” – Kyle Busch after winning his first Xfinity Series race at his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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COTA Cup starting lineup


Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, who has won two of the first five races of the season, will lead the Cup field to the green flag Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron will be joined on the front row of the starting lineup by Tyler Reddick, the only driver to win multiple races at road courses last year.

MORE: COTA Cup starting lineup

Austin Cindric starts third and is joined in the second row by Jordan Taylor, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick car.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

William Byron wins Cup pole at COTA


William Byron will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron won the pole with a lap of 93.882 mph around the 3.41-mile road course Saturday. He becomes the first Cup driver to win a pole at four different road courses: Charlotte Roval (2019), Road America (2021), Indianapolis road course (2021) and COTA (2023).

MORE: COTA Cup starting lineup

Byron will be joined on the front row by Tyler Reddick, who had posted the fastest lap in Friday’s practice and fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying Saturday. Reddick qualified at 93.783 mph.

Austin Cindric (93.459 mph) qualified third. Former IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, substituting for an injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified fourth with a lap of 93.174 mph. AJ Allmendinger (93.067) will start fifth.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

Ross Chastain, who won this event a year ago, qualified 12th. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen qualified 22nd, former world champion Jenson Button qualified 24th, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson qualified 31st and IndyCar driver Conor Daly qualified 35th.

Sunday Cup race at Circuit of the Americas: Start time, TV info, weather


Is this Toyota’s weekend?

Chevrolet won the first four races of the season. Ford won last weekend with Joey Logano at Atlanta. Is it Toyota’s turn to win its first Cup race of the season? Or does Chevrolet return to dominance?

Chevrolet drivers have won 11 of the past 12 Cup races on road courses. The exception was Christopher Bell‘s win for Toyota at the Charlotte Roval in last year’s playoffs. Chevrolets have won the two previous Cup races at COTA: Chase Elliott in 2021 and Ross Chastain in 2022.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: Brendan Hunt, who plays Coach Beard in “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, will give the command to start engines at 3:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting at 2:45 p.m. … Driver introductions at 3:05 p.m. … Invocation will be given by Sage Steele, ESPN broadcaster, at 3:30 p.m. … Jaime Camil, actor from “Schmigadoon” on Apple TV+, will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 68 laps (231.88 miles) on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 15. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 and moves to Fox at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground – Mostly cloudy with a high of 80 degrees and a 2% chance of rain at the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: COTA Cup starting lineup

LAST YEAR: Ross Chastain scored his first career Cup win in a physical battle with AJ Allmendinger on the final lap. Alex Bowman finished second. Christopher Bell placed third.


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NASCAR Saturday schedule at Circuit of the Americas


Saturday will be a busy day at Circuit of the Americas, as all three national series are on the track.

Cup will qualify ahead of the Craftsman Truck and Xfinity Series races.

The forecast Saturday calls for sunny conditions and no chance of rain all day. The high is expected to be 69 degrees during Cup qualifying, 76 degrees at the start of the Truck race and 81 degrees for the start of the Xfinity race.

Zane Smith looks to win his second consecutive Truck race at the road course in Austin, Texas. AJ Allmendinger seeks his second consecutive Xfinity win at COTA.

Saturday, March 25

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 10:30 a.m.  — Truck Series
  • 2 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (FS1)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Truck race (42 laps, 143 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 5 p.m. — Xfinity race (46 laps, 156 miles; FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)