Joey Logano Scores Las Vegas Prize

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Joey Logano (12) fended off Kyle Larson to win Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

LAS VEGAS – Joey Logano survived four restarts in the final 40 laps to win Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Logano dominated the final stage of Saturday’s 200-lap race despite multiple caution periods that kept bringing the field back up to the bumper of his No. 12 Ford Mustang.

The first of those cautions came with 40 laps left for debris on the backstretch. The leaders all came down pit road, with Logano retaining the race lead over Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch, who started from the pole and won the first stage earlier in the race.

The race resumed with 33 laps left and Logano was easily able to maintain the lead, but the caution flag waved again two laps later when Ray Black Jr. and Dakoda Armstrong spun coming out of turn four.

Logano opted to take the high side on the restart with 25 laps left with Busch to his inside. Logano took advantage of the momentum he was able to build up on the outside in turns one and two to clear Busch to take the lead out of turn two with Larson in hot pursuit after restarting third.

Once again Logano’s lead was short lived as J.J. Yeley brought out the caution flag after going for a spin. Logano again chose the outside for the restart with Larson lined up below him.

The green flag waved again with 13 laps left and Logano and Larson stayed even through turns one and two before Logano got a big push from Austin Dillon down the backstretch to clear Larson for the race lead.

The caution flag waved for the final time a few laps later when Spencer Gallagher made contact with the wall coming out of turn two and clipped Matt Tifft, who went for a spin down the backstretch.

Just like the previous two restarts, Logano took the outside line with Larson lined up to his inside. The race resumed with four laps left and Larson stuck with Logano through turns one and two and down the backstretch. Entering turn three Logano got a big run on the outside and was able to clear Larson to maintain the race lead.

At that point Logano began to pull away, eventually beating Larson to the checkered flag by .602 of a second.

“It was hard to figure out what to do and what lane to pick,” said Logano, who led 106 laps during the 200-lap event. “Those restarts were crazy though. You don’t know what lane to pick, it depends on who is a good pusher and you’re trying to remember what was going on in the last one.

“That’s three wins in a row for this No. 12 car,” Logano said, referencing his two victories in the No. 12 that came last season. “That’s something I’m proud to be a part and to work with these guys…man it is a lot of fun to have these Team Penske cars fast again in this XFINITY Series.”

Larson said he felt like he and Logano were evenly matched, Logano just had the benefit of the clean air and the high line during the restarts.

“I thought Joey and I were pretty equal. I just think clean air was big,” Larson said. “When I was out front I could pull away similar to how he was. I probably needed some longer runs there. We just kept getting cautions there at the end.”

Reigning series champion Daniel Suarez finished third. Justin Allgaier was the highest finishing XFINITY Series regular in fourth, followed by Austin Dillon in fifth.

Brad Keselowski won the second stage of Saturday’s race, but had to make an unscheduled pit stop during the final stage for a loose wheel. That removed him from contention for the victory, but he was able to rebound to finish 10th.

Ty Dillon spun in turns one and two on the final lap and crashed into the inside wall, but the incident didn’t affect the finish. Dillon was not injured in the crash.

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