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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.

Click here for race results

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 SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: 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.

Saturday’s NASCAR schedule at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson is defending winner of last year's Xfinity race at Las Vegas. Photo: Getty Images.
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Saturday’s schedule at Las Vegas Motor Speedway includes two Cup practices, Xfinity Series qualifying and the Boyd Gaming 300.

Kyle Larson is the defending winner of this race.

Here’s today’s schedule:

(All times Eastern)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup practice (Fox Sports 1)

12:40 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1)

2:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2:30 – 3:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS1)

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. – Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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