XFINITY: Logano Survives Late Restarts; Scores First Vegas Win in Boyd Gaming 300

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LAS VEGAS — As of late, Joey Logano has been the master of restarts in NASCAR.

It proved to be true in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Logano perfected restart after restart to score his first NASCAR win of any kind at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano never raced at LVMS in the 300-mile XFINITY event and is now 1-for-1 in the series at the Nevada track.

“It was hard to figure out what to do, what lane to pick but the one thing we did know is we had a really fast REV Ford Mustang,” Logano said. “That’s three wins in a row for this 12 car so that’s something I’m proud to be a part of and work with these guys. It’s a lot of fun to have these Team Penske cars fast again in this XFINITY Series. It feels good.”

The 26-year-old driver chose the outside lane for the last two restarts and cleared Kyle Larson each time into Turn 3 where  four cautions  in the final 38 laps set up the craziness on the restarts.

Logano leads during Saturday’s XFINITY Series event at LVMS (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)

“Those restarts were crazy though, you don’t know what lane to pick,” Logano said about restarts. “It depends on who’s a good pusher. You’re trying to remember what was going on in the last one.”

Larson finished second to Logano in the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver appeared to have a stronger car on the longer runs but wasn’t able to keep up with Logano in the first few laps after a restart.

“I thought Joey and I were pretty equal,” Larson said. “I think just clean air was big. When I was out front, I could pull away similar to how he was. I needed probably some longer runs there. We just kept getting cautions at the end, maybe needed some lapped traffic. Had some good restarts therelate, almost cleared him a couple times but he had the momentum.”

Logano led the most laps on the day (106) after grabbing the lead through a variety of pit strategies when Penske teammate Brad Keselowski and the rest of the leaders came down pit road on lap 92. Larson pitted for fuel only as Logano gained valuable track position to put the second Penske XFINITY car out front.

Daniel Suarez finished third in the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota as Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon completed the top-five.

Kyle Busch dominated the early stages of the event by leading the first 48 laps and holding off Larson by .067 seconds to claim the first stage but ended up seventh in the final rundown after a late-race shuffle. Keselowski won stage two after staying out when the caution flew  on lap 81 creating differing pit calls throughout the field.

Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 featured eight lead changes among five drivers and the caution flew nine times during the race. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Tifft had a rough day by spinning twice in the event ending up 34th after scoring points in the first two stages. Hometown favorite Brendan Gaughan made an unscheduled pit stop for a plug wire and spun on lap 81 while finishing 35th, 11 laps down.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series continues next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for the Dc Solar 200 in the series’ first of two stops there in 2017.

RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series; Boyd Gaming 300; Las Vegas Motor Speedway; March 11, 2017

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Daniel Suarez
  4. Justin Allgaier
  5. Austin Dillon
  6. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Elliott Sadler
  9. Ryan Reed
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Cole Custer
  12. Blake Koch
  13. Daniel Hemric
  14. William Byron
  15. Brandon Jones
  16. Brennan Poole
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Ryan Sieg
  19. Drew Herring
  20. Dakoda Armstrong
  21. Michael Annett
  22. J.J. Yeley
  23. Spencer Gallagher
  24. Ty Dillon
  25. Ross Chastain
  26. Jeremy Clements
  27. Harrison Rhodes
  28. David Starr
  29. Garrett Smithley
  30. Joey Gase
  31. Ray Black Jr.
  32. Martin Roy
  33. Timmy Hill
  34. Matt Tifft
  35. Brendan Gaughan
  36. Jeff Green
  37. BJ McLeod
  38. Brandon Hightower
  39. Stephen Leicht
  40. Jordan Anderson

 

About the Writer

Kyle Magda is a freelance writer and Northeast Correspondent for Race Chaser Online who broke into racing in mid-2001, as the sport’s tide was beginning to change towards the current modern-era formula, but still has an affinity for the history of NASCAR’s earlier days.

The 24-year-old is a graduate of Penn State University and can be found traveling to numerous tracks across the country, covering everything from NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series to the UNOH All-Stars Circuit of Champions and the Super Cup Stock Car Series.

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