Joey Logano won the XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday in a race dominated by regulars from the higher Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
To win in his No. 12 Team Penske Ford, he had to survive a total of five restarts over the final 110-lap stage of the three-stage race. That included a restart with four to go after Matt Tifft had drifted up too high and slammed Spencer Gallagher into the outside wall to bring out the ninth caution of the day.
Logano started on the outside on the final restart, with Kyle Larson, who was running second, to his inside on the front row. The two stayed side-by-side through the first three turns on the first lap after the restart, but then Logano pulled out in front for good.
“It was hard to figure out which lane to pick (on the restarts),” Logano said. “… It’s a lot of fun to have the Team Penske cars fast again in this XFINITY Series. It feels good.”
Kyle Busch won the first stage, and Brad Keselowski won the second. But both ran into trouble at different junctures of the race.
Busch brushed the wall at one point early, although he was in third behind only Logano and Larson on the next-to-last restart with 13 to go.
Keselowski fell one lap down because of a loose wheel and lug-nut issues on Lap 108 and tried to battle back, but also brushed the wall on Lap 178 and could not get higher than 11th by the finish.
Logano avoided all the trouble and led the last 84 laps, meeting every challenge along the way through several restarts. Logano led 106 laps overall.
“Those restarts were crazy, though,” Logano said. “You don’t know which lane to pick. It depends on who’s behind you pushing; you try to remember what was going on with the last one.”
Larson ended up second, with Daniel Suarez third. The top-finishing XFINITY regular was Justin Allgaier in fourth, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr, who finished a strong sixth despite battling the flu. Wallace visited the infield care center after the race and received three IVs of fluids before being released.
“I thought Joey and I were pretty equal. I just think clean air was big,” Larson said. “I probably just needed some longer runs there at the end.”
XFINITY regular Elliott Sadler worked his way up to eighth by the end of the race and maintained his series points lead over Ryan Reed, the only other full-time XFINITY driver who finished in the top 10. Reed finished ninth.