Power Rankings: Las Vegas alters top 10


Denny Hamlin returns to the No. 1 spot in the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings after last weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Hamlin was No. 1 after the Daytona road course race, the second event of the Cup season. He fell to third after the Miami race and moves back to No. 1 with Michael McDowell and Kevin Harvick each dropping in the rankings after both finished outside the top 15 at Las Vegas.

Power Rankings after Las Vegas

1. Denny Hamlin (Last week: No. 3) — Fourth-place result at Las Vegas gives him three top-five finishes in the first four races. He’s not placed worse than 11th this season. He also leads the season standings, holding a 38-point lead on second place. Hamlin has a series-high 62 stage points. Those points alone would rank 23rd in the season standings, ahead of Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, Chase Briscoe, Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto, among others.

2. William Byron (Last week: No. 4) — Followed his Miami win with an eighth-place finish at Las Vegas. He has scored 28 of his 32 stage points in the last two races.

3. Michael McDowell (Last week: No. 1) — Daytona 500 winner placed 17th at Las Vegas, marking his first finish outside the top 10 this season. Still, he’s had four consecutive top-20 finishes this year. He did that only once last year. 

4. Kyle Larson (Last week: No. 7) — Las Vegas winner has three top 10s in the first four races of the year. Has had an average running position in the top five each of the past two races. He ranked No. 1 in green flag speed at Las Vegas.

5. Kevin Harvick (Last week: No. 2) — His streak of three consecutive top-10 finishes to open the season ended at Las Vegas. He placed 20th there.

6. Christopher Bell (Last week: No. 6) — Seventh-place finish at Las Vegas is the second top 10 of the season for the Daytona road course winner.

7. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week: No. 10) — Finished sixth at Las Vegas to extend his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks to six. That’s the best active streak in the series on such tracks.

8. Brad Keselowski (Last week: Unranked) — Placed second at Las Vegas for his second top five of the year.

9. Joey Logano (Last week: No. 8) — Finished ninth at Las Vegas for his second top 10 of the season.

10. Kyle Busch (Last week: Unranked) — Third-place finish at Las Vegas gives him back-to-back top 10s.

Dropped out: Kurt Busch (No. 5 last week), Alex Bowman (No. 9 last week).

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.