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BOYD GAMING 300

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #3 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Boyd Gaming

Race Time: 4:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:16pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Pacific Time)

Friday, March 6th
8:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM 5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM 7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:25 PM NXS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, March 7th
5:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 AM 1:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:45 AM (12:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Las Vegas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Austin Dillon wins XFINITY race at Las Vegas: #33-Austin Dillon won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He dominated the weekend, running fastest in both practices, qualifying on the pole and leading 183 of the 200 laps in the race. #22-Ryan Blaney finished second, followed by #7-Regan Smith, #54-Denny Hamlin, #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Brennan Poole, and #18-Daniel Suarez.
    There were 6 cautions for 34 laps and 13 lead changes among 7 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).(3-7-2015)

  • Las Vegas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon, the 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, won the 19th Annual Boyd Gaming 300, his third victory in 80 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    Dillon's first two career wins both came at Kentucky Speedway in 2012.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 6 points over Chris Buescher.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-7-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Las Vegas:
    1) #3-Ty Dillon, 119
    2) #60-Chris Buescher, 113, -6
    3) #16-Ryan Reed, 104, -15
    4) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 103, -16
    5) #9-Chase Elliott, 95, -24
    6) #7-Regan Smith, 86, -33
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 86, -33
    8) #44-David Starr, 83, -36
    9) #1-Elliott Sadler, 82, -37
    10) #4-Ross Chastain, 81, -38
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(3-7-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #52-Gase, 27th
    Caution 2: #51-Clements, 22nd
    Caution 3: #4-Chastain, 18th
    Caution 4: #3-Ty Dillon, 8th
    Caution 5: #6-Wallace, 7th
    Caution 6: #98-Almirola, 11th
    (3-7-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon on XFINITY pole at Las Vegas: #33-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.332mph. #2-Brian Scott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Erik Jones, #22-Ryan Blaney, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #98-Aric Almirola, and #60-Chris Buescher. Did Not Qualify: #92-Dexter Bean & #97-Josh Reaume. The starting lineup is posted on the Las Vegas starting lineup page (pdf).(2-20-2015)

  • Las Vegas XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Boyd Gaming 300 with a lap of 29.295 seconds, 184.332 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 80 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2015. He also won the pole for Daytona.
    This is his first pole in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2015 and his fifth in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second in three races this season.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-7-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon fastest in happy hour: #33-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Boyd Gaming 300 with a speed of 182.927mph. He was followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #39-Ryan Sieg, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #7-Regan Smith, #1-Elliott Sadler, #54-Denny Hamlin, #8-Blake Koch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #22-Ryan Blaney. 41 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-6-2014)

  • Austin Dillon fastest in first practice: #33-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.977mph. #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was second, followed by: #7-Regan Smith, #22-Ryan Blaney, #54-Denny Hamlin, #3-Ty Dillon, #98-Aric Almirola, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #20-Matt Kenseth/Daniel Suarez, and #20-Erik Jones. 33 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-6-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Jeff Green is again entered in TriStar's #10;
    Derek White will drive the #13;
    Carlos Contreras is back in the Rick Ware #15;
    Erik Jones will drive the #20 for Joe Gibbs;
    Carl Long will drive the #40;
    Brennan Poole will make his first start in the #42;
    Denny Hamlin replaces Kyle Busch in the #54;
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes another start in the #88;
    Dexter Bean will drive the #92.(3-2-2015)
    UPDATE: Jamie Dick will drive the #55. Jeffrey Earnhardt had driven the first 2 races.(3-2-2015) See the complete list on the Las Vegas entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4652;
    Right-side -- D-4630

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side --88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams will run this combination of left- and right-side tires at Las Vegas, though Sprint Cup teams did run this right-side tire code (D-4630) at Talladega last October . . . compared to what was run at Las Vegas last year, this right-side features a compound change for better wear . . . this weekend's left-side tire code (D-4652) features both construction and compound changes vs. the 2014 Las Vegas left-side . . . the construction change is to align this track with other, similar tracks; while the compound change will enhance grip . . . 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.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Buescher And Dillon Have Risen To The Top

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher and Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon are tied for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings lead with 83 points each after two races. Buescher and Dillon are cruising eight points ahead of third-place Ryan Reed as the series heads to Las Vegas for the Boyd Gaming 300 on March 7 on FOX Sports 1.

    Buescher is having the best start of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career, finishing second at Daytona and following it up with a fourth at Atlanta.  His average finish thus far this season is 3.0 and his season-to-date Driver Rating leads the series with a 116.4.

    Buescher has started to excel on 1.5 mile tracks, in seven of his last 13 starts on 1.5-mile speedways he has finished in the top-10; including his one start at Las Vegas last season, starting 12th and finishing ninth.  Buescher’s pre-race Driver Rating for Las Vegas is 86.8 (13th-best) and his Average Running Position is 12.645 (10th-best).

    Dillon has also reached the summit in his NASCAR XFINITY Series career standings ranking; his previous best points position was third last season. Dillon is on pace to contend for a title this season, and his season-to date Loop Data supports his early success. He is ranked second in Driver Rating with a 107.7 and second in Average Running Position with a 7.273.

    Dillon has made two series starts at Las Vegas, twice finishing 11th at the 1.5 mile speedway. Dillon has made 15 series starts on 1.5-mile tracks posting an average finish of 10.3. His pre-race Loop Data for Las Vegas has him ranked ninth in Driver Rating (94.5) and seventh in Average Running Position (9.553).

    XFINITY Series Youth Movement

    The top five drivers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series are all under the age of 24. Top Five in points: 1. Chris Buescher (22 years old), 2. Ty Dillon (23), Ryan Reed (21), Darrell Wallace Jr. (21) and Dakoda Armstrong (23). The average age of the drivers in the top five of the series standings is 22 years old. If any of the five drivers listed above wins this weekend at Las Vegas they will hold the record for youngest series winning driver at LVMS - the current record holder is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (24 years, 5 months, 8 days).

    Qualifying Counts at Las Vegas
    As the old adage goes, “it’s not where you start, but where you finish.”  However, in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you start really does matter. In the previous 18 races held at the speedway, 13 race winners started from inside the top 10. Defending race winner, Brad Keselowski, started second in last year’s 200 lap event. 

    Hometown Hero: Gaughan Heads Home

    Who says you can’t go home?  Brendan Gaughan does just that this weekend as he competes in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaughan has four series starts at the speedway including two top-10 finishes. The Las Vegas native will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. Gaughan is currently 12th in the XFINITY Series championship standings.

    Sunoco Rookie Spotlight: Cale Conley & Harrison Rhodes

    Rookie Standings Update: Darrell Wallace Jr. captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award at Atlanta for being the highest finishing rookie in the race. Wallace is currently second in the ROY standings one point behind Ross Chastain.

    This week’s Sunoco Rookie spotlight shines on Cale Conley and Harrison Rhodes.

    Cale Conley: Conley is currently fifth in the Sunoco Rookie standings seven points behind the rookie points leader Ross Chastain. Conley, a 22 year old who hails from Vienna, West Virginia is driving the No. 14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota for car owner Mark Smith.  Conley has 13 series starts, posting one top-10 finish, last season at Kentucky. In his two starts this season he has finished 30th (Daytona) and 35th (Atlanta). This will be Conley’s NASCAR national series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

    Harrison Rhodes: Rhodes is currently last in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with nine points, due to failing to qualify for the race at Daytona. Rhodes made his first series start last weekend at Atlanta where he started 35th and finished 34th. At the age of 21, Rhodes has made 14 series starts dating back to 2013. This season he behind the wheel of the No. 0 Chevrolet for car owner Andrea Nemechek.

    Elliott, Smith and Scott Make Biggest Moves In The Standings

    Following a surprisingly disappointing start to 2015 for Chase Elliott, Regan Smith and Brian Scott, who all finished 25th or worse at Daytona, the trio was able to bounce back in impressive fashion this past weekend at Atlanta. All three drivers gained 11 or more positions in the series standings - the most in the series following Atlanta.

    The 2014 series champ, Chase Elliott, finished 28th at Daytona putting him 20th in the series standings. This past weekend Elliott was able to rebound considerably. He finished fifth at Atlanta jumping 12 positions in the standings from 20th to the top 10 (eighth). Watch for Elliott’s ascension up the standings to continue this week at Las Vegas. He finished in the top five in his one and only start there, last season. 

    Elliott’s JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith was caught in an accident at Daytona ultimately finishing 35th in the season opener. Smith’s finish at Daytona had him 26th in the points standings, but last weekend at Atlanta he was able to capitalize on his situation. Smith finished in the top 10 and in doing so leap frogged 12 positions in the series points standings from 26th to 14th. Smith has made five starts at Las Vegas posting two top-10 finishes.

    Of the three biggest movers in the point standings this week, Brian Scott moved up to the highest point standings position (seventh).  Scott finished 25th at Daytona and was 18th in the points heading to Atlanta. Scott moved up 11 positions in the standings following his seventh-place finish at Atlanta and all signs point to Scott’s momentum not slowing at Las Vegas. In his last two starts at the 1.5-mile track he has posted two top-10 finishes.

    After Two We Have Three: The Owner Points Lead Is Split Three Ways

    After two races the NASCAR XFINITY Series has a three-way points tie for the owner standings lead among car owners Jack Roush (No. 60 Ford), Richard Childress (No. 3 Chevrolet) and Roger Penske (No. 22 Ford) with 83 points each.

    When it comes to NASCAR XFINITY Series owner titles, all three car owners have enjoyed success. Roush has two series owner titles. He won his first series owner title in 2002 with driver Greg Biffle. His second came in 2011 with multiple drivers. This season Chris Buescher drives the No. 60 Ford full-time for Roush Fenway Racing.

    Childress is tied with Joe Gibbs for the series’ most owner titles with four each. Childress won his first in 2001 and his third in 2006 with driver Kevin Harvick. He won his second and fourth owner titles in 2003 and 2007 with multiple drivers behind the wheel.  This season his grandson Ty Dillon is driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

    Penske is returning from back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series owner titles (2013, 2014) with the formidable No. 22 Ford team. Penske has captured both titles by rotating both veteran and upcoming drivers in the seat of the No. 22. This weekend at Las Vegas Brad Keselowski will be in the No. 22 to defend his win from last season at the 1.5-mile speedway. 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.

    Texas native Brennan Poole, will be replacing Kyle Larson this week in the HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi No. 42 Chevrolet at Las Vegas. This will be Poole’s NASCAR national series debut. ... NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin will be piloting the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota this week for driver Kyle Busch. 

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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