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Christopher Bell wins Xfinity pole in Phoenix

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Christopher Bell will start first in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway after he won the pole with a speed of 133.973 mph.

It is Bell’s seventh career pole and his first of 2019.

Bell, who won the playoff race at ISM Raceway last fall, will be joined on the front row by Tyler Reddick (133.973 mph).

“I don’t know if I really would have pictured that after yesterday’s practice sessions,” Bell told Fox Sports 1. “But the thing is really, really fast. It’s really comfortable to drive. The 2 car (Reddick) snuck up on us there a little bit closer than we wanted, but that’s alright.”

The top five is completed by Kyle Busch, Cole Custer and Michael Annett.

Ryan Truex, who is making his first start of the year in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevy, will start ninth.

The green flag for the race is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET on FS1.

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Kyle Busch wins Las Vegas Xfinity race in overtime

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Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in overtime, keeping his attempt at a weekend sweep alive.

It took two restart attempts in overtime for the race to be decided, with Busch beating John Hunter Nemechek in the final two-lap shootout.

The top five was completed by Noah Gragson, Austin Dillon and Michael Annett.

Busch’s win comes the day after his victory in the Truck Series race. He had an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 14 for a loose wheel that sent him a lap down. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver returned to the lead lap after taking the wave around at the end of Stage 1. He then took the lead a few laps into the final stage and led 98 of 213 laps.

“I didn’t keep myself in the game, I just knew to keep fighting and just keep working,” said Busch. “Wasn’t sure how we were going to be able to do it being short a set of tires but we got lucky with that caution in the second stage (Austin Cindric spin) that kind of got us back on cycle. We were able to put our first set back on with a fresh wheel so we didn’t have any more issues there.”

The win is Busch’s 197th overall national NASCAR win.

The first overtime attempt was setup by a hard wreck involving Brandon Jones with two laps left in the scheduled distance when Cole Custer made contact with his left rear.

The final attempt was caused by a wreck that involved Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric and Zane Smith, who was making his first start.

After placing second at Daytona and third at Atlanta, Justin Allgaier‘s day ended early in the final stage with an engine problem. He finished 31st.

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Click here for the point standings.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Cole Custer

Stage 2 WINNER: Tyler Reddick

WHAT’S NEXT: Phoenix 200 at ISM Raceway at 4 p.m. ET on March 9 on Fox Sports 1.

Saturday’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas: Start time, lineup and more

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Michael Annett won the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona, and Christopher Bell took the checkered flag at Atlanta last weekend.

Who will win the third Xfinity race of the season Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

Here’s all the information for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kerrie Burke, VP and General Manager of the Aliante Hotel Casino and Spa, will give the command to start engines at 4:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 4:16 p.m.

PRERACE: Qualifying is at 12:40 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 2:15 p.m. Driver introductions begin at 3:28 p.m. The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. Highwayman LIVE, a tribute to Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash at the Cannery Hotel and Casino, will perform the National Anthem at 4:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will televise the race. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 67 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ross Chastain won the race at Las Vegas last September. Justin Allgaier was second. Cole Custer was third. Kyle Larson won this race a year ago. Christopher Bell was second. Justin Allgaier was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

Christopher Bell wins Xfinity race at Atlanta

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HAMPTON, Ga. — Christopher Bell held off Cole Custer on the final lap to score his ninth career Xfinity Series victory Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The victory was the 150th for Toyota and first for the Supra.

“That’s really really big It all just boils down to the fact that you don’t get to be a first-time winner very often,” Bell said. “There’s a very good possibility Kyle (Busch) is going to win one of the next three (races) and I beat him to Victory Lane. I’m all smiles right now.”

Custer placed second and was followed by Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones and reigning series champion Tyler Reddick.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt placed a career-best sixth. His previous best finish had been 12th at Bristol in August 2014 and Talladega in May 2015. Earnhardt is not scheduled to be back in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 car until Talladega in April.

Bell led 142 of 163 laps.

Daytona winner Michael Annett placed 12th.

Stage 1 winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 winner: Christopher Bell

Next: The series races at 4 p.m. ET March 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Xfinity Series practice report from Atlanta

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Justin Haley was fastest in the Xfinity Series’ second and final practice session Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Haley posted a top speed of 177.783 mph around the track.

The rookie for Kaulig Racing was followed by rookie Noah Gragson (177.584 mph), Cole Custer (176.448), Ryan Preece (176.162) and Tyler Reddick (176.011).

John Hunter Nemechek recorded the most laps with 55.

Gragson had the best 10-lap average at 172.715 mph.

Click here for the speed chart.

First practice

Custer was fastest in the first Friday practice session with a top speed of 178.218 mph around the 1.54-mile track.

The top five was completed by Christopher Bell (176.989 mph), Justin Haley (176.555), Justin Allgaier (176.157) and Jeffrey Earnhardt (176.045).

Michael Annett had the best 10-lap average at 171.719 mph.

There were no incidents in the session.

The final Xfinity practice session set for 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Click here for the practice report.