Larson dominates in Las Vegas
Kyle Larson looks ready to make another memorable West Coast swing after kicking it off with another NASCAR Xfinity Series win.
Larson overcame strong wind and two late restarts Saturday to earn his ninth career Xfinity victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The 25-year-old Californian earned his first win on the 11/2-mile track in Vegas, where he finished second in both the Xfinity and Cup series races last year.
Larson claimed the lead on the opening lap and eventually led 142 of the 200 laps in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. He avoided any late-race fuel trouble when Ryan Reed blew a tire with 16 laps to go, allowing him to gas up for the final push.
Rookie Christopher Bell finished second in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Justin Allgaier was third. Ryan Blaney, the pole-sitter for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup series race, came in fourth ahead of Elliott Sadler in fifth.
Allgaier posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight career races in Vegas.
Kyle Busch captures hometown race
Kyle Busch won his hometown NASCAR Truck race late Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 50th series victory.
Busch took advantage when Brett Moffitt, last week’s winner in Atlanta, went sideways with 26 laps left. Busch, who had been fighting to overtake Moffitt in the final stage, took control on a restart with 12 laps to go.
Moffitt pushed Busch on the final laps, but Busch held off Moffitt — who got caught up in lapped traffic with less than five laps left.
Johnny Sauter was second. Moffit was third, followed by Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen, the winner of the second stage.
Busch, who won the pole and led 55 laps, has a career sweep in Las Vegas, winning NASCAR events in the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series. He has made 142 career Truck starts.