Logano dominates to win Vegas Xfinity Race

Joey Logano
Joey Logano
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Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway wasn't a drag race, but lane choice proved critical to Joey Logano's 28th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

Choosing the top side for a restart on Lap 196 of 200, after Ty Dillon's spin on Lap 192 necessitated the ninth and final caution of the afternoon, Logano cleared Kyle Larson off Turn 4 after an intense side-by-side battle and pulled away to win by 0.602 seconds.

"It was hard to figure out what to do, what lane to pick," said Logano, who has won in each of his last three starts in the 12 car. "The one thing we did know is that we had a very fast Ford Mustang.

"(Crew chief) Brian Wilson and all the guys that bring this 12 car out, that's three wins in a row for the 12 car, so that's something I'm proud to be a part of and work with these guys. … It was a challenging day from the restart standpoint."

If lane choice was essential in the late stages of the race, the decision not to pit at the end of Stage 2, after pitting under the previous caution on Lap 72, was a key element to winning the race. That choice flipped track position and gave Logano the lead for a restart on Lap 99, a position he maintained through four subsequent restarts.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]The ability to hold off polesitter Kyle Busch on older tires gave Logano confidence in the capability of his car.

"Man, it's a lot of fun to have these Team Penske cars fast again in the XFINITY Series," said Logano who led 106 laps in winning for the first time this season in his first-ever Las Vegas start in the series. "Man, it feels good.

"But those restarts were crazy, though. You don't know which lane to pick. You don't know who is a good pusher. You try to remember what happened on the last (restart)."

Logano took over eighth place all-time in career NASCAR XFINITY Series victories.

Busch led each of the 45 laps in Stage 1 but faded to seventh at the finish after the handling of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota deteriorated in the second half of the race.

Brad Keselowski, Logano's teammate, won Stage 2, but Keselowski brought the No. 22 Mustang to pit road for an unscheduled stop on Lap 108 because of a loose wheel and recovered to finish 10th.

Daniel Suarez ran third, followed by Justin Allgaier — the highest finishing series regular — Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Kyle Busch pushes Logano
Kyle Busch pushes Logano

Larson said a push from Suarez on the final restart might have helped him, but that assistance didn't materialize.

"I needed Daniel to push me and not pull out (of line)," Larson said. "I think if Daniel would have ever gotten to my back bumper to help me, he probably would have taken that opportunity to pull out and pass me.

"It would have been hard to clear Joey, but I definitely needed some help behind me."

Elliott Sadler finished eighth to retain the series lead by four points over Daytona winner Ryan Reed, who came home seventh.

Results

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Status
1 4 12 Joey Logano(i) REV Ford 200 0 Running
2 7 42 Kyle Larson(i) Credit One Bank Chevrolet 200 0 Running
3 3 20 Daniel Suarez(i) Interstate Batteries Toyota 200 0 Running
4 13 7 Justin Allgaier Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 200 47 Running
5 5 2 Austin Dillon(i) Rheem Chevrolet 200 0 Running
6 16 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Leidos Ford 200 35 Running
7 1 18 Kyle Busch(i) NOS Energy Drink Rowdy Toyota 200 0 Running
8 14 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 200 29 Running
9 10 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes Ford 200 29 Running
10 2 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire Ford 200 0 Running
11 20 00 Cole Custer # Code 3 Associates Ford 200 26 Running
12 19 11 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 200 25 Running
13 8 21 Daniel Hemric # The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevrolet 200 30 Running
14 18 9 William Byron # Liberty University Chevrolet 200 23 Running
15 12 33 Brandon Jones Turtle Wax/Menards Chevrolet 200 22 Running
16 11 48 Brennan Poole DC Solar Chevrolet 200 21 Running
17 15 98 Aric Almirola(i) Shelby American Ford 200 0 Running
18 27 39 Ryan Sieg Speedway Children's Charities Chevrolet 200 19 Running
19 22 24 Drew Herring JGL Young Guns Toyota 200 18 Running
20 21 28 Dakoda Armstrong WinField United Toyota 200 17 Running
21 28 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 200 16 Running
22 23 14 J.J. Yeley Superior Essex Toyota 200 15 Running
23 24 23 Spencer Gallagher # Allegiant Chevrolet 200 14 Running
24 9 3 Ty Dillon(i) Nexium 24 HR Chevrolet 199 0 Running
25 26 4 Ross Chastain GK Services Chevrolet 199 12 Running
26 25 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 198 11 Running
27 31 01 Harrison Rhodes teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 198 10 Running
28 37 99 David Starr Striping Technology Chevrolet 197 9 Running
29 34 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 197 8 Running
30 36 52 Joey Gase Nevada Donor Network Chevrolet 196 7 Running
31 29 07 Ray Black Jr. Scuba Life Chevrolet 196 6 Running
32 35 90 Martin Roy Cote/Gamache Truck Center Chevrolet 196 5 Running
33 32 40 Timmy Hill Toyota 195 4 Running
34 6 19 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen Toyota 191 10 Accident
35 17 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 189 2 Running
36 33 8 Jeff Green Chevrolet 177 1 Accident
37 39 78 BJ McLeod Chevrolet 159 1 Brakes
38 38 13 Brandon Hightower Chevrolet 18 1 Vibration
39 40 97 Stephen Leicht Vroom Brands Chevrolet 4 1 Accident
40 30 93 Jordan Anderson(i) Chevrolet 1 0 Electrical

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