Chase Briscoe Wins Rain Delayed Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedwayby Hunter Thomas February 23, 2020 0 comments
LAS VEGAS – Chase Briscoe won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night, capturing his third-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.
The second NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season was scheduled to end on Saturday, but rain halted the race after 50 laps. After the conclusion of the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series hit the track to complete their final 150 laps.
Briscoe dominated the race in his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, leading 89 of the scheduled 200 laps. The Indiana native entered Las Vegas coming off a fifth-place finish in Daytona. The victory also marks the 25-year-old’s 16th top-five career finish.
“The race was really weird. I feel like every time I came to Vegas you can run up to the wall or even run the middle really well and the bottom kind of goes away after seven or eight laps,” Briscoe said. “The beginning of the race I felt like I was really, really good and I had clean air obviously and we lost the lead and my car completely changed. It took a total 180 and it was hard to tell if it was really just dirty air doing that or the sun going down. At the end Cindric obviously ran away with it there for a while and then when I was able to get the lead I kind of ran away with it and it seemed like tonight was the fastest I’ve ever felt like I’ve gone around Vegas just because we had so much grip and so much speed around the bottom.”
Team Penske’s Austin Cindric finished second, earning his 22nd-careet top-five finish. Cindric led 39 laps throughout the race.
“It was definitely a track position sensitive race after the sun went down,” Cindric said. “We knew it was gonna tighten up and tried to adjust for it on the final stop and didn’t get quite enough, and then obviously lost a little track position. I tried to hang it wide-open on Chase’s door, but track position is pretty important and then just fell off too tight following him there. It was pretty bottom dominant. It was really weird the track didn’t take any rubber today even in the Cup race. That was different than what I expected, but overall a great day for our MoneyLion Ford Mustang and we’ll try again next week at Fontana.”
Ryan Sieg captured an impressive third-place finish, marking only his sixth top-five finish in 204 NASCAR Xfinity Series races. Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton completed the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 was Brandon Jones, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst and Ross Chastain.
There were only five cautions for 28 laps, and only three were for accidents. The only multicar accident occurred when Myatt Snider and Gragson made contact on the frontstretch. After the contact, Gragson went spinning, bringing out the caution on lap 163.
Briscoe now leads the standings by seven points over Justin Allgaier.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will visit Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, February 29 for the Production Alliance Group 300. Live coverage of the third race of the season will broadcast on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 4 p.m. ET.
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