Vegas a good study for NASCAR drivers

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Larson is the 10th consecutive different victor in the Xfinity race in Vegas, and the Cup star was clearly the class of the field.

While other tracks have downsized their NASCAR ambitions when faced with smaller crowds in recent years, Las Vegas has been eager to host a second race for several years, confident in its local fan base and the visiting fans who plan a vacation weekend around the March race.

Truex earned his first of eight victories last season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch, a driver from Las Vegas, posted a 28.411, 190.067 mph.in the No. 41 Haas Ford.

Ryan Blaney finished final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he'll start the race from tomorrow: the top of the leaderboard. For the guys to overcome that and get faster each round, it was a really good effort.

Larson was phenomenal during NASCAR's three-race trip out West last season. Cole Custer will begin his debut Cup Series race in 30th. The 24-year-old Blaney has one win at the top level under his belt and has been as fast as anyone not named Kevin Harvick in the young Cup Series campaign.


"This has been a good, long-standing partnership and we plan to continue", speedway management said in a statement to USA Today. "Plus, I got him in the Chili Bowl". The Las Vegas native won the Truck race from the pole on Friday night.

Only 37 cars are entered, so everyone will start the race on Sunday.

Busch lost any chance at contention late in the race when he was hit with a drive-through penalty because the crew member in charge of fueling caught a loose tire during a pit stop.

Harvick kept up his outstanding start to the season and secured a front-row Ford lockout with a second-place finish in qualifying for Sunday's Pennzoil 400.

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