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NASCAR - Nationwide - Boyd Gaming 300 Preview

Date: Saturday, March 8

Start Time: 4:15 p.m. ET

Site: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nev.

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 300

Capacity: 142,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 18th

On TV: ESPN2

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Jeff Burton, 2000 (135.118 mph)

Qualifying record: Brad Keselowski, 2010 (185.427 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Sam Hornish Jr. (not defending)

Runner up: Kyle Busch

Pole winner: Brian Vickers (owner points/qualifying rained out)

Top 10:

1. Sam Hornish Jr (Start: 7)

2. Kyle Busch (23)

3. Brian Vickers (1)

4. Trevor Bayne (2)

5. Elliott Sadler (15)

6. Austin Dillon (4)

7. Regan Smith (12)

8. Alex Bowman (18)

9. Brian Scott (3)

10. Travis Pastrana (31)

Average speed: 125.087 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 23 mins., 54 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.100 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 37 laps

Lead changes: 19 among 9 drivers

Past winners

2013 Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 125.087 mph

2012 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 129.969 mph

2011 Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 132.792 mph

2010 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 121.924 mph

2009 Greg Biffle, Ford, 106.713 mph

2008 Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 108.118 mph

2007 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 104.530 mph

2006 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 125.158 mph

2005 Mark Martin, Ford, 122.158 mph

2004 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 122.172 mph

2003 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 115.582 mph

2002 Jeff Burton, Ford, 123.783 mph

2001 Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 125.625 mph

2000 Jeff Burton, Ford, 135.118 mph (race record)

1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 134.37 mph

1998 Jimmy Spencer, Chevrolet, 114.129 mph

1997 Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 114.153 mph

Last race

Race: Blue Jeans Go Green 200 (March 1)

Site: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.

Miles: 168 (rain-shortened)

Laps: 168

Finish line order: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth

Time of Race: 1 hr., 38 mins., 11 secs.

Average speed: 102.655 mph

Margin of victory: Caution

Caution flags: 4 for 24 laps

Lead changes: 4 among 3 drivers

Lap leaders: B. Keselowski 1-5; K. Busch 6-88; B. Keselowski 89-92; K. Harvick B. Keselowski 1-5; K. Busch 6-88; B. Keselowski 89-92; K. Harvick 93-96; K. Busch 97-168.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/G&K Services

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/VF/Jiffy Lube

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/NAPA Synthetic Oil

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/Interstate Batteries

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/BWP Bats

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Game Stop

#22 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI Ford/Discount Tire

#23 Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX) Chevrolet/Cornboard

#24 Ryan Ellis (Torrance, CA) Toyota/superlitecars.com

#28 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Toyota/TBA

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#33 Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA) Chevrolet/Menards/Tarkett

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/TBA

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Ford EcoBoost

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/charliessoap.com

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#76 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Dodge/Cross Concrete Construction

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Iworld

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/taxslayer.com

#93 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/Totes

#98 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch 11 19 2 31 39 16 30 33 2
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 6 5 4 4
Elliott Sadler 14 --- --- --- --- --- 12 3 5
Regan Smith --- 22 33 --- --- --- --- --- 7
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- --- 31 14 34 9
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 11
Dale Earnhardt Jr. --- --- --- --- 5 --- --- --- 14
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 32
Brad Keselowski --- --- 34 23 27 4 3 23 37
Matt Kenseth --- 2 40 --- --- --- --- --- ---
Brendan Gaughan --- --- --- --- 7 13 --- 5 ---

Notes

The Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the third race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

Sam Hornish Jr. won at Las Vegas one year ago. Hornish, who drove for Team Penske at the time, grabbed the lead from Kyle Busch with 48 laps remaining and then held off Busch after two restarts within the final 15 laps. He earned his second career Nationwide victory. His first win came in November 2011 at Phoenix. Hornish is not competing in this weekend's race. He is scheduled to drive the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in seven Nationwide races this season, beginning with the May 3 event at Talladega.

Las Vegas has been on the Nationwide schedule each year since 1997. Jeff Green won the inaugural race in the series there that year.

There have been 17 Nationwide races held at Las Vegas. Mark Martin has the most victories there with four, followed by Jeff Burton with three wins and two for Kevin Harvick. Neither one of those drivers is entered in this event.

Joe Nemechek and Green are the only drivers on the entry list that have won at Las Vegas in the past. Nemechek's victory there came in 2003. He started 29th in that race, which is the furthest starting position for a race winner there.

This race has been won from the pole position three times: Green (1997), Martin (1999) and Burton (2002).

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Las Vegas happened in 2007 when Burton beat Busch by just 0.101 seconds. That race featured 12 cautions for 58 laps and took 2 hours, 52 minutes and 12 seconds to complete.

The next Nationwide event is the March 15 Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch is the defending race winner.



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