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March 11, 2017
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 took center stage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, and Joey Logano came out on top thanks to a stellar showing down the stretch in the desert.
Logano led a race-high 102 laps, and he just edged out a hungry Kyle Larson for top honors, as FS1 documented on Twitter:
RT to congratulate @joeylogano on his @NASCAR_XFINITY WIN at @LVMotorSpeedway!
Results» https://t.co/EhCMReUl1B https://t.co/prKFFEp76Q
3/11/2017, 11:50:35 PM
Here’s a look at the top finishers from Saturday’s race, with complete results available at FoxSports.com:
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 Results|
|6||Bubba Wallace Jr.||0||2.881|
Kyle Busch dominated the first stage of Saturday’s proceedings, leading all 45 laps during the opening stanza.
However, the reigning champion received some steady competition from Larson, who pulled ahead for a brief moment before Busch regained the lead, as FS1 documented on Twitter:
“That’s really fun to watch.”- @jamiemcmurray
@KyleBusch and @KyleLarsonRacin swap the lead at @LVMotorSpeedway. https://t.co/YXCXV37jkZ
3/11/2017, 9:40:21 PM
Those two continued to jockey for position as Stage 1 drew to a close, but Busch ultimately edged Larson out by a nose, via FS1:
Photo finish to end Stage 1 for the @NASCAR_XFINITY Series at @LVMotorSpeedway! Kyle vs. Kyle.
3/11/2017, 9:46:48 PM
Before long, Larson was in the lead.
The No. 42 car appeared in control throughout a majority of the second stage, and it only fell behind following a pit stop for new tires during the fourth caution of the day.
All told, Larson led 31 laps during the second stage before he ceded the lead to Brad Keselowski toward the end of the frame.
CatchFence.com’s Chris Knight provided an overview of the pecking order entering the day’s final stage:
Chris Knight @Knighter01
Stage 2 Results:
2 Ky. Busch
7 A. Dillon
10 Wallace Jr
3/11/2017, 10:23:28 PM
And while Logano burst in front after the restart, Busch and Larson were in hot pursuit as they trailed close behind in second and third place, respectively.
All three of those drivers hit pit road for fuel and fresh tires with approximately 58 laps to go, at which point they appeared primed to let loose down the stretch.
However, a handful of cautions proceeded to consume a sizable chunk of the remaining laps as the action slowed and stagnated to varying degrees until there were only four laps remaining.
By the time Logano had snagged the checkered flag, nine cautions had overshadowed what once appeared to be a race destined for a thrilling finish.
That said, the No. 12 will take a win any way he can get one.
Now with a big Xfinity victory in tow, Logano will turn his attention toward next week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway as temperatures crank up in the desert.