NASCAR Xfinity results at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ross Chastain: ‘I just want to race’ Austin Hill wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Cup starting lineup: Joey Logano wins pole Joey Logano wins pole for NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas
Austin Hill started the 2023 Xfinity Series season as a Hard Charger.
Hill passed Chandler Smith for the lead with one lap remaining on Saturday and won the Xfinity 300 mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hill, winner of Daytona International Speedway’s first season, visited Victory Lane for two of the first three races on the schedule.
Smith led for over half of the race but was caught up and passed by Hill and Justin Algayer near the finish line. Smith came in third, followed by Kyle Bush And Josh Berry.
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Ross Chastain became the latest NASCAR driver to express interest in racing the IndyCar series.
Chastain recently had a short conversation with an IndyCar driver. Conor Daly about racing in the open wheel series. They met while driving Chevrolet simulators. Daley competed in the Daytona 500 last month, finishing 29th after a series of problems.
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“Our Cup Simulator is next to the Chevy IndyCar Simulator, so now I pass these guys every week,” Chastain said. “I just had sincere questions. I wouldn’t even know where to start. I didn’t know what to ask him. He gave me a lot of advice, some of it definitely probably pushed me away from it, but some of it was definitely achievable one day.
“But I’m focused on cup racing. If ever there was something where I could explore other races – be it sports cars, other race tracks, other ways of racing cars.
“I just want to race.”
Former Cup champion Kyle Larson is due to race in the 2024 Indianapolis 500 in a car jointly owned by McLaren Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, Larson’s NASCAR team.
Chastain’s motorsport profile grew significantly last year when he won two Cup races for Trackhouse Racing and finished second in Cup points. He signed an extension with Trackhouse.
Trackhouse owner Justin Marks expressed interest in participating in other racing series and did not rule out the possibility of participating in IndyCar as an owner.
“Justin and I love racing,” Chastain said. “So if we can both go and enjoy it, you will see him racing Trans-Am. … We share this love of driving cars to the limit. I don’t care if it has fenders or not, if it has ABS or drum brakes. I want to race off-road 30 miles from where I grew up, where I never raced.
“I feel like right now I can give myself more options than ever in racing, be it the last night of truck racing, some Xfinity races here and there. My goal is cup racing and my goal is NASCAR circuit racing, but to explore the horizons of other things is my inner desire. I love racing. I love this art.”
Austin Hill took the lead with one lap to go and won Saturday’s Xfinity Series 300 mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hill passed Chandler Smith for the lead as they approached the start-finish line to take the white flag. Smith dominated most of the race until the final laps, leading 118 laps.
hill and Justin Algayer steadily outperformed Smith over the last 10 laps and eliminated Smith’s 2.5 second lead.
Allgaier also passed Smith to finish second. Smith was third Kyle Bush fourth and Josh Berry fifth.
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“I just knew that I shouldn’t overuse the tires and try to methodically work my way through traffic,” Hill told Fox Sports. “The movement was really heavy. it was necessary to draw a line between 3 and 4.
Smith, who was after his first Xfinity win, said his car became stiff late in the race.
Smith, 20, has five wins in the Craftsman Truck Series. Competing in the Xfinity Series full-time for the first time, he was fourth in last week’s Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway.
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Hill also won his first season at Daytona International Speedway with Richard Childress Racing.
28-year-old Hill won the second stage of the race, leading Brandon Joneskyle Bush, Sam Mayer And Sammy Smith to the finish.
Algaier, who was in contention for the win, received a run-through penalty on the restart during stage two, but rallied and returned to the top five. The runner-up finish was his fourth in Las Vegas, and he remains winless at that track.
John Hunter Nemechek won the first stage, ahead of 24 out of 45 laps. Allgaier, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith and Riley Autumn.
Stage 1 winner: John Hunter Nemechek
Stage 2 winner: Austin Hill
Who had a good race: Hill, who has performed well on super-fast tracks, has shown that he can excel on medium-distance tracks as well. … Chandler Smith looks set for an outstanding season with Kaulig Racing. … Series Cup winner Kyle Busch, winner of Friday’s truck race, lost out to the trio in Las Vegas but performed well in the top five.
Who had a bad race: Parking fuel pump problem Joey Geis on lap 156. He finished 38th. … Geoffrey Earnhardt finished three laps 29th.
Next: The Xfinity Series is heading to Phoenix Raceway on March 11th.
Joey Logano Did a 186.053 mph lap on Saturday and took pole position in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Pole was the 27th of Logano’s career.
Second place went to Hendrick Motorsports. William Byronwho ran 185.153.
Next in the top five were Ryan Blaney, Ty Gibbs And Kyle Bush.
Josh Berryreplacing the injured Chase Elliottqualified 32nd.
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