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NASCAR Xfinity: Kyle Larson dominates, wins at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 DC Solar Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Kyle Larson dominated the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, leading 142 of the 200 laps that made up the race on his way to the win, 0.8 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Christopher Bell.

“This race car is so fast,” Larson said. “It was really fast last year, but you never really know. This was my first time with this (composite) body, and it performed well.”

Justin Allgaier finished third, Ryan Blaney was fourth and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five.

Blaney led early in the 110-lap third stage of the race after beating Larson off pit road at the start of the stage, but on lap 128 Larson retook the lead. Larson lost that lead when a slow pit stop sent him back to eighth for a restart following a caution for Austin Cindric on lap 134. Instead, Cole Custer got off pit road first, and he lost the lead to Allgaier on the restart that followed. Larson retook the lead, but lost it, again, on pit road to Tyler Reddick with during a caution for Ryan Reed with 15 laps to go.

Larson retook the lead on the second to last restart and held his lead through the final restart with seven laps remaining after a Ross Chastain spin. When Larson took the lead from Reddick, Bell followed him by Reddick to take second. Reddick lost additional positions, running eighth by the checkered flag.

After Bell started on the pole, Larson took the lead on the opening lap and ran up front the first 42 laps of the race. He lost the first 45-lap stage, though, to Bell. Bell challenged Larson closely for the lead in the laps immediately following a lap-six caution for a Dylan Lupton wreck. Larson was able to maintain the top spot then, but Bell waged another charge int he closing laps of the opening stage, taking the lead on lap 43.

“If I have to run second to anyone, running second to him is pretty cool,” Bell said. “Plus, I got him in the Chili Bowl.”

Larson retook the lead between the first two stages by getting off pit road first. Bell was fifth out of the pits after his jack man fell down during his pit stop. Bell and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch struggled throughout stage two. Busch also lost positions on pit road, and by the end of the second stage, the JGR duo were ninth and 10th in the running order.

Busch eventually went two laps down when he pitted under green with just over 30 laps remaining and, then, was penalized for his crew going over the pit wall too soon. He eventually got back on the lead lap inside the final 10 laps after getting free passes on each of the last two cautions of the race

Blaney was Larson’s closest competitor throughout stage two, but unlike Bell, after challenging Larson early in the stage, Blaney fell back and was more than four seconds behind Larson as Larson took the win in stage two. By the end of the second stage that ended on lap 90, Larson had led all but six laps of the race to that point, with Bell leading the other six.

Other top-10 finishers included Daniel Hemric in sixth, Brandon Jones seventh, Custer ninth and Spencer Gallagher in 10th.

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