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Boyd Gaming 300

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #3 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Boyd Gaming

Race Time: 4:00pm/et

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 3
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 4
10:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM-1:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM 2:30 PM PACE VEHICLE CALIBRATION
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1

Saturday, March 5
6:00 AM-1:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:45 AM (12:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS) - FOX Sports 2
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (4:00 PM) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES) - FOX Sports 1 / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Las Vegas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 78th XFINITY Series win and 2nd of the year. He led 199 of the 200 laps. #19-Daniel Suarez finished second, followed by #20-Erik Jones, #88-Chase Elliott, #2-Austin Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    There were 3 cautions for 15 laps and 2 lead changes among 2 leaders.
    The average speed was 145.415mph.
    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).(3-5-2016)

  • Las Vegas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 20th Annual Boyd Gaming 300, his 78th victory in 313 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2016.
    Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Jones (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Suarez leads the point standings by 3 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-5-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Las Vegas:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 106
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 103, -3
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 99, -7
    4) #33-Brandon Jones, 99, -7
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 95, -11
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 91, -15
    7) #20-Erik Jones, 86, -20
    8) #16-Ryan Reed, 79, -27
    9) #39-Ryan Sieg, 73, -33
    10) #43-Jeb Burton, 72, -34
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(3-5-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #42-Marks, 34th
    Caution 3: #20-Jones, 3rd
    (3-5-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Las Vegas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.698mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Chase Elliott, #33-Brandon Jones, #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, and #98-Aric Almirola.
    Did Not Qualify: #70-Derrike Cope & #99-Todd Peck.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Las Vegas starting lineup page (pdf).(3-50-2016)

  • Las Vegas Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Boyd Gaming 300 with a lap of 29.557 seconds, 182.698 mph.
    This is his 50th pole in 313 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2016 and his second in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his first top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his third in three races this season.
    Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-5-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #18-Kyle Busch was quickest during happy hour for the Boyd Gaming 300 with a speed of 181.348mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #20-Erik Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, #33-Brandon Jones, #42-Justin Marks, #11-Blake Koch, #88-Chase Elliott, #2-Austin Dillon, and #62-Brendan Gaughan. 39 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-4-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.094mph. #19-Daniel Suarez was second, followed by: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Brandon Jones, #2-Austin Dillon, #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Chase Elliott, #6-Darrell Wallace Jr, and #98-Aric Almirola. 37 of the 42 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-4-2016)

  • 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:
    Austin Dillon returns to the RCR #2;
    Jeff Green remains in the TriStar #10;
    Derek White will drive the #13;
    Stanton Barrett is entered in the RWR #15;
    Corey LaJoie returns to the JGL #24;
    Cody Ware will drive the RWR #25;
    Carl Long stays in the MBM #40;
    Justin Marks will drive the Ganassi #42;
    Chase Elliott returns to the #88;
    The #93 is TBA;
    Airc Almirola will be in the #98.(3-1-2015)
    UPDATE: Dylan Lupton will be in the #93.(3-2-2016)
    UPDATE: Josh Reaume will be in the #93 in place of Lupton.(3-5-2016)
    See the complete list on the Las Vegas entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4668;
    Right-side -- D-4672

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.46 in. (2,247 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run different tire set-ups at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time Xfinity teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . both of these tires feature the same compounds run at Las Vegas last year, but have construction changes that bring them into line with what Sprint Cup teams are running at this track . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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

    Points Leader Sadler Readies To Roll The Dice In Vegas

    Bright lights, big casinos, world-class accommodations and Las Vegas Motor Speedway welcome the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET on FS1). For the second-straight week Elliott Sadler has held command of the standings lead as the series embarks on the three-race NASCAR Goes West swing. Following LVMS, the series where names are made will head to Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway (Fontana). 

    Sadler holds a three-point edge over second-place Daniel Suárez and he has a five point advantage over third-place Ty Dillon.

    The JR Motorsports veteran Sadler has made nine starts at Las Vegas, posting two top fives, three top 10s and a pole. His average finish at Las Vegas is a 12.3.

    NASCAR’s Loop Data dives deeper into Sadler’s success at Las Vegas. He’s ranked seventh in average running position (8.5), eighth in driver rating (97.6) and third in percentage of laps in the top 15 (97.8%). 

    Suárez On The Bumper Of The Standings Lead

    Standings leader Elliott Sadler currently has a mirror full of second-place Daniel Suárez, who is just three points behind him after the first two races of the season. This is Suárez’s career-best NASCAR XFINITY Series points position. 

    Suárez launched 2016 off with a great run at Daytona, finishing eighth and then backed that up with a seventh at Atlanta, propelling him from fourth in the standings to second just three points back from the lead.

    The 24-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing driver has made just one start at Las Vegas. Last season, he started 15th and finished 10th

    Jones & Dillon Make Moves In The Points

    Two drivers made titanic moves in the points this past weekend. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones climbed 11 spots and Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon jumped five spots following their top-five finishes at Atlanta.

    Jones, last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, was caught in an accident at Daytona that ultimately had him finish 31st to open the season. He then rebounded at Atlanta with a solid third-place that vaulted him from 22nd in points to 11th. Jones is now 22 points behind standings leader Elliott Sadler.

    Jones has made one NASCAR XFINITY Series start at LVMS. It resulted in a 29th-place finish due to an accident. The NASCAR Next alum won the NCWTS race at Las Vegas in 2014.

    Ty Dillon is picking up where he left off last season - in the center of the championship conversation.

    Dillon vaulted five spots in the series standings following his fifth-place finish at Atlanta. He is now third in points just five markers back from the series lead.
    Dillon has made three starts at Las Vegas, posting a pole, one top 10 and an average finish of 10.0.

    Close Competition: Top Six Drivers In The Standings Separated By 10 Points

    The NASCAR XFINITY Series is seeing some tight competition just two races into the 2016 season.

    The top six drivers in the standings are separated by only 10 points - the most in the last five seasons following the second race of the year.
    2016: Six drivers: Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suárez (-3), Ty Dillon (-5), Brandon Jones (-6), Justin Allgaier (-7) and Brendan Gaughan (-10)
    Below are the last five seasons and how many drivers were separated by 10 points following the second race of the season:

    2015: Three drivers - Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon (-0), Ryan Reed (-8)
    2014: Three drivers - Regan Smith, Trevor Bayne (-5), Elliott Sadler (-6)
    2013: Four drivers - Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Allgaier (-0), Brian Scott (-6), Elliott Sadler (-10)
    2012: Two drivers - Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon (-10)
    2011: Three drivers - Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-5), Jason Leffler (-7)

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Jones Is The Man To Catch, Erik That Is

    Last week Brandon Jones led the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. This week it’s Erik Jones. A slim two points separate the young rising stars in the rookie standings as the series rides out to Las Vegas this weekend.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones looked stellar this past weekend at Atlanta finishing third and moving into the rookie standings lead ahead of Brandon Jones. Erik Jones was caught in an accident at Daytona, finishing 31st, but rebounded quickly at Atlanta, finishing third.

    Last season at Las Vegas, Erik Jones, 19, started third and led seven laps before getting in an accident and finishing 29th. Prior to his accident at LVMS, Jones posted a driver rating of 99.9. The 29th at Las Vegas is his worst finish on a 1.5-mile speedway. In 12 series starts on 1.5-mile tracks, he has two wins (Chicagoland, Texas) and an average finish of 7.3.

    Richard Childress Racing’s newest standout is Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Brandon Jones. Jones currently sits second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

    Brandon Jones, 19, is also fourth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings just six points back from the standings lead, the highest ranked Sunoco Rookie candidate. Jones’ season has been consistent through the first two races. He finished seventh in the season opener at Daytona and 11th at his home track last weekend.

    This weekend will be Jones’ series track debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jones has limited series experience on 1.5-mile tracks. He’s only made two series starts at the distance - at Kentucky last season (fifth), and Atlanta last weekend (11th).

    Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings following Atlanta: E. Jones (27 points); B. Jones (-2 points, behind the leader), Brennan Poole (-9), B.J. McLeod (-11), Ryan Preece (-13), Ray Black Jr. (-16), Garrett Smithley (-20) and Cody Ware (-22).

    Austin Dillon Looks To Become First To Repeat At LVMS

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway has had 13 different winners in 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races, and none have visited Victory Lane in consecutive events. Austin Dillon plans to change that this weekend. As the defending winner of the Boyd Gaming 300, Dillon looks to become the first driver to win back-to-back series races at Las Vegas. 

    Dillon has made three starts at Las Vegas posting one win (2015), three top 10s and an average finish of 4.7.

    He leads the series in LVMS driver rating (122.7) and average running position (3.895).

    Competitive Balance: Seven Different Winners Last Seven Races At LVMS

    In the last seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway there have been seven different winners, boding the question - Who will be number eight?

    There have been 13 different NXS winners at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, led by Mark Martin with four victories (1999, 2005, 2008 and 2011). Jeff Burton (three) and Kevin Harvick (two) are the only other drivers with multiple series wins at LVMS.  

    The last seven winners at Las Vegas are Austin Dillon (2015), Brad Keselowski (2014), Sam Hornish Jr. (2013), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2012), Mark Martin (2011), Kevin Harvick (2010) and Greg Biffle (2009).

    NASCAR In Nevada: Gaughan & Busch Come Home

    NASCAR national series have been competing in the state of Nevada consistently since 1996. The first NASCAR race held in Nevada was in 1955 at Las Vegas Park Speedway won by Norm Nelson (Chrysler, 44.449 mph, 2:29:50). There have been a total of 57 NASCAR national series races held in Nevada at two tracks - Las Vegas Motor Speedway (18 NSCS, 19 NXS and 19 NCWTS) and Las Vegas Park Speedway (one NSCS).

    Twenty-four different drivers with their home state recorded as Nevada have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race. This weekend two drivers from the state of Nevada are entered in the Boyd Gaming 300 - Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan (both are from Las Vegas).

    Kyle Busch added to his legend last weekend by extending his series record of most wins to 77 after capturing the checkered flag at Atlanta.

    Busch has made 11 starts at Las Vegas, posting three top fives and an average finish of 18.2.

    Brendan Gaughan is currently sixth in the standings just 10 points back from the standings lead. Gaughan’s family owns South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and the company is the primary sponsor on his No. 62 Chevrolet.

    Gaughan has made five series starts at Las Vegas, posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 9.4.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.

    Air Force Thunderbirds Take Reed up: Roush Fenway Racing driver of the No. 6 Ford, Ryan Reed, will be taking a ride with the famous Air Force Thunderbirds in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 3 at 1 p.m. PT.

    Double The Action, Double The Fun: The following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars are entered in this weekend’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race: Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola. ...

    Series Milestones: Mike Harmon will attempt to make his 200th series start. He is 58th on the all-time list. ... Blake Koch will attempt to make his 150th series start. He is 85th on the all-time list. ... Austin Dillon will attempt to make his 100th series start. He is 123rd on the all-time list. ... Ryan Reed will attempt to make his 75th series start. He is 166th on the all-time list.

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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