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After an action-packed race at Daytona, the Xfinity Series makes its way to Sin City.
This year’s field does not have a single Cup Series driver among the entrants, and there are no past Las Vegas winners either.
The last six editions of the race have been won by Cup Series drivers.
What: Boyd Gaming Experience 300
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV
When: Saturday, February 22nd at 4:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio)
Justin Allgaier naturally has the most experience at the Las Vegas oval, while also holding a very good record.
While the Xfinity Series veteran has never won in there, with five top 5 finishes – four of which have come in his last five starts.
The JR Motorsports driver only missed out on the top 10 twice in 11 starts.
Allgaier has two-second place finishes at Vegas, the most recent one coming in 2018.
He retired from the season opener at Daytona after a crash but won the second stage of the race.
Fresh off his first career Xfinity Series win, Gragson will now try to build up a larger lead at the top of the standings.
He finished third at Vegas last year, which remained his best result in 2019 until the Michigan race in June.
The JR Motorsports driver also added a sixth-place finish in the September race, holding a respectable average of 4.5.
Gragson also made four starts at Las Vegas in the Truck Series, scoring one pole-position.
Now in his second full Xfinity Series season, #9 should have an advantage over the many rookies in this year’s field.
While Briscoe doesn’t have a particularly great record at Vegas, he does have the right equipment for the oval.
His former teammate Cole Custer started two of the last four races from the pole-position and scored two top 5 finishes.
Briscoe has three Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas, with the best finish of eighth.
He also made one start in the Truck Series, finishing third.
Now with a full season under his belt, the Stewart-Haas driver will likely rely on that experience to move ahead of the competition.
Briscoe finished fifth at Daytona last week but remained in contention for the win right until the checkered flag.
Cindric has made four starts at Las Vegas in the Xfinity Series.
His results, however, haven’t been great, with a ninth place in the 2018 September race as his only top 10 finish.
The Team Penske driver now has two full seasons under his belt, which makes him an interesting pick in this field.
Cindric is still chasing after his first oval win, but he did come close at the end of last year, scoring three top 3 finishes in the last six races.
He ran close to the top 5 in last year’s Boyd Gaming 300, but a spin and a crash relegated him to a 22nd place finish.
Cindric retired from the Daytona opener, but had a solid showing, running among the leaders for most of the race.
Jones finally scored his first career win last year and re-signed with Joe Gibbs Racing for a third consecutive season with the team.
Now in his fifth Xfinity Series season, the JGR driver should have a small advantage as his younger and less experienced opponents find their footing.
Jones has been fairly consistent at Vegas, scoring four top 10 finishes in six starts.
He finished a career-best third in the most recent race at the track.
Jones also made two starts in the Truck Series, with another third-place finish as his best result.
Coming off a disappointing season in the Truck Series, Burton impressed at Daytona.
The rookie ran among the leaders for the entire race, finishing a close second behind Noah Gragson.
Driving one of the series’ top rides, the youngster could challenge for the win this weekend.
Burton made two starts at Vegas in the truck last year, finishing fifth and ninth.
The odds for the Boyd Gaming 300 are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
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