Are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney ones to beat in Vegas XFINITY race?

Denny Hamlin (left) and Ryan Blaney (right) could both be tough in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

Sarah Glenn & Sean Gardner/NASCA

Adam Alexander, FOX Sports play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and co-host of NASCAR Race Hub, took a few minutes this week to offer his thoughts on Saturday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Alexander will call the race (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) alongside Michael Waltrip and guest analyst Kevin Harvick, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

Who is your money on for the win in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas?

"Team Penske has won the last two in Vegas, and Ryan Blaney will have a great shot at making it three in a row. However, Denny Hamlin is in the No. 54 and will be good, and don’t be surprised if Erik Jones is in the hunt. He won the Truck race there in September."

Which NASCAR XFINITY Series regular has the best chance this year against the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers competing in the XFINITY Series?

"Chase Elliott is at the top of the list based on his week in and week out performances one year ago. However, two races into this season and Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher have really caught my eye. Their performance has sent a message that they won’t back down from anyone, including the Cup regulars. They definitely bear watching this year."

Ty Dillon is off to a terrific start in 2015. To what do you attribute the improvement in that team thus far?

"Ty Dillon was able to string together some nice runs late in 2014, and that late-season success gave the team some real momentum coming into 2015. I also notice a hunger for success in that young man that is off the chart. It really is ‘championship or bust’ for Ty and his team."