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Today’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas: Start time and more

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The Xfinity Series begins its portion of the West Coast Swing this afternoon with a 200-lap race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Boyd Gaming 300 is the second part of a tripleheader at the 1.5-mile track.

It’s also the first Xfinity start of the year for Las Vegas native Kyle Busch.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the third race of the season.

(All times are EASTERN)

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

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

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 9:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 2:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race beginning at 4 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for a high of 61 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano won over Kyle Larson after leading 106 of 200 laps.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 1:10 p.m.

Kyle Larson tops both Xfinity Series practice sessions at Las Vegas

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Kyle Larson was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday.

He led the session with a top speed of 179.988 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Larson topped Ryan Blaney (179.188), Tyler Reddick (179.122), Christopher Bell (178.619) and Daniel Hemric (178.171).

Reddick recorded the most laps in the session with 38.

Larson also had the best 10-lap average at 178.099 mph.

The red flag was issued with 36 minutest left in the session when Hemric had a problem with fuel pickup and stopped on the backstretch. Hemric was back on track within six minutes.

First Practice

Larson also led the first Xfinity practice Friday.

He recorded a top speed of 179.581 mph. Larson was also fastest in Friday’s lone Cup practice session.

He led Ryan Blaney (179.313), Kyle Busch (178.992), Christopher Bell (178.921) and Cole Custer (178.707).

Matt Tifft, who was eighth quickest, had the most laps in the session with 31.

Tyler Reddick was the fastest of three drivers who made 10-lap runs at 176.284 mph.

The final Xfinity practice session is scheduled for 5 – 5:50 p.m. ET.

Click here for the Practice No. 1 report

Click here for Final Practice report


Elliott Sadler still leads NASCAR Xfinity points after Las Vegas

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Elliott Sadler had a quite day in Las Vegas as he finished eighth in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

But Sadler still holds the lead in the Xfinity Series standings after three races in the season.

Thanks to the new race and point format the JR Motorsports driver leads Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed by four points despite not winning a race yet this year. Reed won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The top five after three races is Sadler (99 points), Reed (-4), William Byron (-9), Daniel Hemric (-27) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (-29).

Click here for the full points report.

Results, stats for Xfinity Series race in Las Vegas won by Joey Logano

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Joey Logano won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving him his first Xfinity Series win of 2017.

Logano led a race-high 106 of 200 laps and gives Team Penske three straight wins with its No. 12 car.

The top five was Logano, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon.

Click here for the full race results.

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