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NASCAR Xfinity Series Has Eyes on the Prize at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

With two races now under their belts, NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will now be looking to hit the jackpot this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for The LiUNA! on Saturday, March 2 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: The LiUNA!

The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 2

The Time: 5 p.m. ET

The Purse: $1,801,278

TV: FS1, 4 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

 

The Las Vegas, Nevada track has hosted 33 Xfinity Series races, producing 24 different race winners and 20 different pole winners. Six races have been won from the pole or first starting position, most recently by Chase Briscoe in 2020.

A few drivers have etched their names in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway record books:

  • Most wins: Mark Martin – 4
  • Most poles: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, AJ Allmendinger, Cole Custer – 2
  • Most top fives: Justin Allgaier – 10
  • Most top 10s: Justin Allgaier – 16
  • Most lead lap finishes: Justin Allgaier – 17
  • Most laps led: Kyle Busch – 623
  • Race record: Josh Berry – 145.613 mph (10/15/22)
  • Qualifying record: Kyle Busch – 185.58 mph (3/11/17)

Drivers will start their engines for practice on Friday, March 1 at 6:35 p.m. ET followed by qualifying at 7:05 p.m. ET on FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill wants to make it three-in-a-row

Driver of the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Austin Hill, kicked off his season at Daytona International Speedway with a trip to Victory Lane – a season-opening trip he’s made for three consecutive years (2022, 2023, 2024). Then the Winston, Georgia native, went to his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend and pulled off yet another win – his third career win at the 1.54-mile track. With the two wins to open the season, Hill became the fourth different driver in NASCAR Xfinity Series history to win the first two races of a season; joining Dale Earnhardt (1986), Chad Little (1995) and Tony Stewart (2008). Now, the 29-year-old is looking to become the first driver in series history to win the first three races of NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

This weekend, Hill heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a track that has treated him well, making five career starts posting one win (2023) and three top 10s.

Roll The Dice: Who has had some luck in Vegas?

Fans are in for a treat this weekend as there are multiple drivers who have conquered Las Vegas Motor Speedway entered in this weekend’s The LiUNA on Saturday, March 2 including AJ Allmendinger, Austin Hill, and Riley Herbst.

Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger has made four Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas, posting one win (2021), one top five and three top 10s.

Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill has made five Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas, posting one win (2023), one top five and three top 10s.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Riley Herbst has made nine Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas, posting one win (2023), one top five and four top 10s.

Two drivers to keep an eye on this weekend that have yet to win at Las Vegas are JR Motorsport’s Justin Allgaier and Joe Gibbs Racing’s John Hunter Nemechek, both finished runner-up in the two Xfinity Las Vegas races last season.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Class heads into week three

Following the second race of the season, the 2024 Sunoco Rookie of the Year class is heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to post their third start of the season. After Atlanta, Jesse Love is the rookie point standings leader.

Jesse Love: Love had a standout race in Atlanta, leading 157 of the 169 laps and ultimately finishing 12th. Love will be making his series track debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

Shane Van Gisbergen: Van Gisbergen had a great race in Atlanta, finishing third and winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award. This weekend he will also be making his series track debut at the 1.5-mile Nevada track.

Dawson Cram: Cram will be looking to rebound this weekend as he finished 31st at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Cram has made just one Xfinity Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he again finished 31st.

Hailie Deegan: Deegan finished the Xfinity Series race at Atlanta in 27th. Deegan will be looking forward to this weekend in Vegas. She made her track debut in the Xfinity Series last season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where she posted a 13th-place finish – the best finish by a female in their Xfinity Series career debut.

Leland Honeyman Jr.: Honeyman Jr. raced his way up to a 21st-place finish after starting from the 35th position at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. This weekend, he will be making his debut at the Las Vegas track.

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Hendrick Motorsports to enter 10 Xfinity Series races – Hendrick Motorsports will enter its No. 17 Chevrolet in 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season.

The 10 races for the Hendrick Motorsports team will be:

March 9: Phoenix Raceway (William Byron)
March 23: Circuit of the Americas (Kyle Larson)
May 11: Darlington Raceway (Byron)
May 25: Charlotte Motor Speedway (Chase Elliott)
June 8: Sonoma Raceway (Said)
June 22: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Alex Bowman)
July 6: Chicago street course (Larson)
July 13: Pocono Raceway (Byron)
Aug. 31: Darlington Raceway (Elliott)
Sept. 14: Watkins Glen (Byron)

“The No. 17 is a big part of our story, and it would be special to see it win – and win often — during our 40th anniversary season,” Rick Hendrick said. “The sponsorship has been a big success for HendrickCars.com and our dealerships, and we’re pleased to add more races and take it to another level in 2024. It’s Victory Lane or bust.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series competition highlights following Atlanta – The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off to a feverish pace and below are a few of the highlights as to why.

  • Both races this season have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second. The average Margin of Victory for the two races this season is 0.349 second.

 

  • A total of 16 different drivers have led laps in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, led by Richard Childress Racing’s Jesse Love with 191 laps led.

 

  • The first two races of the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season have produced 30 lead changes.

 

  • The first two races of the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season have produced 100 Green Flag Passes for the Lead – the third-most since the inception of the stat in 2005, behind 2015 (156) and 2023 (142).

 

  • The first two races of the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season have produced 5,386 Total Green Flag Passes – the seventh-most since the inception of the stat in 2005. The Xfinity Series record for the first two races of the season was set in 2023 with 11,833 Total Green Flag Passes.

Herbst looks to become second driver all-time to win back-to-back Xfinity races at Vegas – Stewart-Haas Racing’s Riley Herbst is the most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, taking his first victory at the track last October. Now Herbst returns to Las Vegas looking to join his fellow SHR teammate Chase Briscoe (2020 sweep) as just the second driver to win consecutive races in the Xfinity Series at Las Vergas Motor Speedway.

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