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Kyle Busch Is Almost Perfect Today Winning the Boyd Gaming 300

The NASCAR Xfinity series blew into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway today for the third race of the season, 20+mph winds came with them making it a challenging day for drivers, teams and fans.

Early on in the Xfinity race it was all Kyle Busch in the NOS Energy #18 Toyota. Before the first green flag pit stops only 13 cars remained on the lead lap. Teammate Eric Jones tried to keep up but early on Kurt just continued to pull away.
Drivers like Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski and others typically strong runners on the Xfinity series found themselves a lap or more down early in the day.

March 5 2016: Erik Jones (20) passes the lapped car of Brandon Jones (33) during for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
March 5 2016: Erik Jones (20) passes the lapped car of Brandon Jones (33) during for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

The first round of pit stops was a disaster for 2016 Xfinity Series rookie #20 Erik Jones who was running near the front. Not only did Erik get a speeding on pit road penalty he also sped on his penalty lap and had to come in once more. The second time Erik had to stop in his pit and ended up 2 laps down. A problem with his tachometer he method which  drivers judge pit road speed was speculated as the issue.
The second of only 3 cautions on the day came after a long green flag run due to tire loose on pit road just past lap 73. This  allowed teams to pit and also to get the wave around. 17 cars took the wave around, several more than 1 lap down and put the total number of lead lap cars back up to 16.
But as the story has been all day Kyle Busch was just dominating the race. It is almost unbelievable to believe that Kyle has never won a Xfinity race in his previous 11 tries. Kyle’s teammate #20 Erik Jones appeared out of the race when he went down 2 laps down due to 2 pit road infractions.  Another driver who had a disaster of the day was Brad Keselowski. Brad had 2 unscheduled pit stops for a vibration and fell 3 laps off the pace. Brad finished 15th3 laps off the pace
The third caution on lap 138 turned into a red when the #25 of rookie Codie Ware spun into the wall in turn 2 and when he came off the wall was collected with a hard hit by # 6 of Bubba Wallace who was then hit by the #42 of Justin Marks. The red took a while as the track crew had to clean up a ton of fluid and debris on the track.
Again with that caution more cars took the wave around including Erik Jones, who is now had worked his way back on the lead lap again. After the caution Daniel Suarez was not letting Kyle Busch get away as he had earlier in the race hung with Kyle on the restart.  Erik Jones was working his way back after making up 2 laps  settled into 3rd with Gibbs cars running 1,2 and 3 just like they had at the  beginning of the race.

 

March 5 2016: Daniel Suarez (19) during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
March 5 2016: Daniel Suarez (19) during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

As hard as Daniel Suarez tried to catch teammate Kyle Busch it was in vain, the #19 ARRIS Toyota gave it everything he had but to no avail. The last 7 laps young driver from Mexico charged as hard as he could but just ran out of time. Erik Jones wore out his tires so he never got a chance to challenge for the lead. Kyle paid both young driver a compliment when in his post-race comments said both of them will be up on the podium in the near future as race winners.

After going without an Xfinity win at his home track Kyle Busch led 199 out of 200 laps dominating for his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and his 78th Xfinity Series win. #6 Bubba Wallace was the only other driver leading a lap which he did so during green flag pit stops on lap 55. When asked if he was upset he did not lead all 200 laps he said that he had led the most important lap, the last one.

Joe Gibbs racing had a great day with its stables of Toyotas finishing 1,2,3. The top 5 in the race were #18 Kyle Bush in the M & M’s Toyota first, #19 Daniel Suarez in his ARRIS Toyota second, #20 Erik Jones in the Interstate Batteries Toyota third, #88 Chase Elliot in the Tayslayer.com Chevrolet fourth and #2 Austin Dillon in the RTP/Rheem Chevrolet fifth.
Notes: Today’s race had 3 cautions, one that became a 19-minute red flag, 31 out of 40 cars running at the end with #74 Mike Harmon the final car running 18 laps down. Erik Jones was the top finishing rookie. #19 Daniel Suarez assumes the point lead by 3 points over Elliot Sadler.
Up next for the Xfinity Series on the west coast swing is Phoenix with the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 Saturday 12th 2016.

Kyle Busch Wins Boyd Gaming 300 Pole; Preece Qualifies 20th

Its a beautiful Saturday day here at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the  Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300, 42 cars are here trying to get one of 40 potions available for  race. The wind has kicked up today over  Friday with gusts up around 20MPH. Sundays race may have gusts near 50mph

The Sprint Cup series has completed their first of 2 practices today and the Xfinity Series cars took to the track to determine the starting order for today’s 200 lap 300 mile race.

March 5 2016: Ryan Preece on track during Qualifying for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
March 5 2016: Ryan Preece on track during Qualifying for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Former NASCAR modified series champion and Xfinity series rookie #01 Ryan Preece driving the GK Services Chevrolet was looking to qualify for his 1st Las Vegas Speedway Xfinity race . Ryan ran 23rd position in the first round of qualifying  making it into the second round where he set 20th fastest time easily making it into today’s race.

We spoke to Ryan after qualifying and he was very happy with his qualifying run today, as his goals are every week he wants  to finish the race and continuously learn. We will have a full interview with Ryan tonight.

Two drivers that did not advance into the second round. Derrike Cope #70 hit the wall on Friday and never made a lap in qualifying.  #99 Todd Peck’s crew was under the hood in the garage working on the car all morning. Whatever issues they had came back in qualifying as he was leaking fluids on the track and never got in a qualifying lap lap.

As has happened many times, #18 Kyle Busch in his NOS Energy Drink Toyota took the pole for today’s Boyd Gaming 300 at the as Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

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TBR Pre-Race News and Notes: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Regan Smith
No. 7 Road Rippers Street Beatz Chevrolet
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Kobalt 400 | March 6, 2016
Street Beatz Comes to Life: This weekend Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet is a replica of Road Rippers Street Beatz found on store shelves across the country. Featuring flashing lights and pulsating speakers, Street Beatz toys have motorized forward drive.
For more information on Toy State and their NASCAR sponsorship, visit the Nikko RC Racing Facebook page. To learn more about Toy State toys and where you can purchase Street Beatz near you, visit Toy State’s website.
Making a Difference: Saturday afternoon, Smith will visit with patients at the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas and deliver toys on behalf of Toy State.
Race with Regan: On Sunday morning, Smith will be visiting the Fanatics Trackside Superstore (9:15 a.m.) with sponsors Nikko RC and Toy State to demonstrate the use of their Nikko RC cars.
Smith on NASCAR’s test session Thursday: “Our test session was beneficial to get additional seat time with the low downforce package. Tommy (Baldwin) was able to run through a few different setups ahead of this weekend’s race.
On the Street Beatz Chevrolet: “Toy State has taken one of their on shelf products and brought it to life on our race car — how cool is that! The Street Beatz paint scheme really stands out and will be one to watch during the Kobalt 400 on Sunday.”
Tune In: Want to watch Regan Smith and the No. 7 Road Rippers Street Beatz Chevrolet in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Race coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Coverage can also be heard on PRN affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90. The green flag is scheduled for 3:46 p.m. ET.
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