Race: Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV
Title Sponsor: Boyd Gaming
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:31pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 - 4:00pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, and Dr. Jerry Punch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, March 6th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS & NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, March 7th
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:40 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:40 PM-1:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:00 PM 3:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 8th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:40 AM (12:40 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
11:15 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
12:40 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:15 PM (4:15 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Keselowski wins at Las Vegas: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #42-Kyle Larson, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, #6-Trevor Bayne, #9-Chris Buescher, and #7-Regan Smith.
There were 5 cautions for 27 laps and 11 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Las Vegas race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Las Vegas Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-8-2014)
Las Vegas Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the 18th Annual Boyd Gaming 300, his 28th victory in 208 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 11 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his third top-10 finish in 2014.
Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
Chase Elliott (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 3 points over Trevor Bayne.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-8-2014)
Driver standings following Las Vegas:
1) #7-Regan Smith, 117
2) #6-Trevor Bayne, 114, -13
3) #11-Elliott Sadler, 108 -9
5) #3-Ty Dillon, 105 -12
4) #9-Chase Elliott, 103 -14
6) #2-Brian Scott, 97 -20
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 94 -23
8) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, 87 -30
9) #99-James Buescher, 86 -31
10) #19-Mike Bliss, 81 -36
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-8-2014)
Owner Standings following Las Vegas are posted (pdf).(3-8-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #9-Chase Elliott, 5th
Caution 2: #7-Regan Smith, 10th
Caution 3: #6-Travor Bayne, 8th
Caution 4: #7-Regan Smith, 10th
Caution 5: #60-Chris Buescher, 9th
Dillon on pole at Las Vegas: #3-Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.278 mph.#22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #54-Kyle Busch, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #9-Chase Elliott, and #7-Regan Smith. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Las Vegas starting lineup page (pdf).(3-8-2014)
Las Vegas Qualifying Notes:
Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual Boyd Gaming 300 with a lap of 29.625 seconds, 182.278 mph.
This is his first pole in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
Dale Earnhardt Jr (third) posted his second top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his first in two races this season.
Ty Dillon (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-8-2014)
Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Boyd Gaming 300 with a speed of 179.485 mph. He was followed by: #9-Chase Elliott, #60-Chris Buescher, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #33-Matt Crafton, #54-Kyle Busch, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #20-Matt Kenseth. 40 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-7-2014)
Crafton fastest in first practice: #33-Matt Crafton was fastest during opening practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 177.637mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #9-Chase Elliott, #2-Brian Scott, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-7-2014)
Entry List: There are 38 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Jeff Green in the #10;
Matt Crafton in the #33;
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the #88;
David Ragan in the #98;
UPDATE: #28-Mike Wallace & #93-J.J. Yeley have been added.(3-4-2014)
UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will be in the #74.(3-6-2014)
UPDATE: Daryl Harr will be in the #87.(3-6-2014)
See the complete list on the Las Vegas entry list page.
NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Live on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a 300-mile race on Saturday, March 8, and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4 p.m. ET while the green flag will fly at 4:31 p.m. The race telecast will air on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.(ESPN)(3-3-2014)
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 3 - Boyd Gaming 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Las Vegas, Nev. Fast Facts for March 6-9, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits:Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4524; Right-side -- D-4528
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 34 psi; Left Rear -- 34 psi; Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi; Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Las Vegas since 2012 . . . this is the only track at which these two tire codes are scheduled to be run in 2014 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Nationwide Regulars Have History, What It Takes To Win In Vegas
The last two NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have seen series regulars celebrate in Victory Lane: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2012) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2013). Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 could continue that streak with a handful of drivers as the most likely to pull the trifecta off.
A quick scan of Loop Data from the past nine series races at Las Vegas have a combination of Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott appearing in the top five in several categories: average driver rating, quality passes, green-flag speed, fastest laps run, fastest on restarts, laps led, laps in top 15 and average running position.
In four starts at the "Diamond in the Desert," Bayne has never finished lower than sixth. He led 21 laps in last year's race before finishing fourth for the second consecutive season. His best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway is ninth (2012) in three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.
Dillon has only one series start at Vegas, which came last year where he finished 11th after starting fifth. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, he has finished of 10th and fourth. Last season, Gaughan finished fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Vegas, his best finish in three starts. In 2003, he won the truck series race at Vegas to go along with five top-10 finishes. In all, he has 18 national series starts in the desert.
With 19 national series starts, Sadler has the most starts in Vegas among the group, having competed at the track in only the top two series. In seven NASCAR Nationwide events, he's only finished outside the top 15 once, including a third-place finish in 2012. In the premier series, Sadler turned in a career-best sixth-place performance during the 2004 season.
In last year's NASCAR Nationwide race, Scott posted his best finish of ninth at the track. In his three other starts, he placed 31st, 14th and 34th. His average finishing position in three truck series races is 20.7.
One interesting note, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch has never won in a NASCAR Nationwide event at his hometown track.
Sunoco Rookies Roll Into Vegas On A Roll
With two races already in the books, the large NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year class continues to impress. The group is headlined by Ty Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott, who are all within four points of each other for rookie of the year honors.
After a 10th-place showing at Phoenix and a seventh the previous week in Daytona, Dillon leads the rookie standings with 26 points. He currently sits fourth in the overall standings, 12 points behind leader Regan Smith. Dillon is the only one of the three to have a Nationwide start under his belt, finishing 11th last year.
Kwasniewski finished in the same spot in the field in which he started at Phoenix - 13th. The weekend before, he finished eighth. Although he has never made a national series start at the 1.5-mile track, he's posted two runner-up finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at the facility's Bullring. Kwasniewski arrives in Vegas four points behind Dillon in the rookie race (tied with Elliott) and fifth in the championship standings (-17).
Elliott is another driver who has never made a national series start in the desert, but he continues to grow with the more starts he's able to get under his belt. In Saturday's Nationwide Phoenix race he placed ninth (the highest-finishing rookie in the field) one week after finishing 15th in Daytona. He's currently eight in the championship standings (-29).
Could This Be Sadler's Season?
With high expectations going into 2013, Elliott Sadler fell short of his title hopes, and was not part of the championship conversation for much of the year. After two races this season, however, it seems as though the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has rebounded.
He is currently third in the points standings, just six points behind leader Regan Smith and one behind Trevor Bayne. In the season-opening race at Daytona, Sadler finished fifth after starting fifth. Saturday at Phoenix, he finished sixth, and was the highest-finishing championship contender.
Sadler, who was the runner-up in the 2011 and 2012 standings, has two top-five finishes in seven series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - the site of this Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300. In last year's race, the Virginia native finished fifth.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Plenty of hometown rooting interests pepper both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series entry lists for this weekend's races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Four drivers hail from Las Vegas: Kurt and Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (See page 1 for more on them); and Brendan Gaughan and Dylan Kwasniewski in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the NASCAR Nationwide Series - for the second time this season - and will drive the No. 88 Chevrolet. He finished 11th in the season-opening race at Daytona. ... David Ragan will make his 100th NNS on Saturday in Vegas.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)