2013 XFINITY Series champion earns third series win
See where your favorite driver will pit in the Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET, FS1) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Following NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying, pit still assignments were also revealed for Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . After winning the Coors Light Pole Award, Austin Dillon had first pick of pit stalls. Dillon chose the stall closest to the pit road exit, which will give him a speedy exit off pit road. He also has an empty stall in front of him, which will eliminate the chance of his No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet getting blocked in by other cars on pit road. Brian Scott , who qualified second, chose pit stall No. 15 with an open space in front of it. Erik Jones , who qualified third, also chose a pit stall with space in front of it (stall No. 31), just farther back from Dillon on Scott on pit road. Coverage of the Boyd Gaming 300 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway gets underway at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Sprint Cup regular Dale Jr. posts top-10 speeds during both sessions Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live XFINITY Series Practice 1 " Full results Austin Dillon clocked the fastest lap in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Dillon, the only driver to break the 30-second barrier in the 55-minute session, drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 180.977 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He'll be making his second XFINITY Series start of the season in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Dale Earnhardt Jr . was second-fastest at 179.414 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet that he co-owns. He was just ahead of JRM teammate Regan Smith , who registered the third-fastest lap at 178.453 mph. Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin completed the top five. Joe Gibbs Racing wound up using two fill-in drivers in their three entries for Saturday's 300 -miler. Matt Kenseth was an emergency sub in the No. 18 Toyota for rookie Daniel Suarez, who was treated in the infield care center for a stomach ailment. Suarez felt well enough to turn a handful of laps near the end of the session, but it was Kenseth who posted the team's best lap, a 177.363-mph speed that was ninth-fastest overall. Hamlin will substitute all weekend in Gibbs' No. 54 Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch , who suffered multiple lower-leg injuries in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway . Defending series champion Chase Elliott , Erik Jones , Elliott Sadler , Darrell Wallace Jr ., Cale Conley , Ross Chastain , Kenseth, Earnhardt, Smith, Hamlin and Blaney were all held out of the first 15 minutes of practice. Their respective teams all served a penalty for being late to technical inspection last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . XFINITY Series co-leader Ty Dillon was sixth-fastest of the 35 drivers who participated in the opening season. Chris Buescher , who shares the top spot in the standings, was 13th-fastest. Series regular Brian Scott didn't complete a lap after the engine in his Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet developed early trouble. XFINITY Series final practice " Full results Opening practice leader Austin Dillon continued to lay down fast lap times during Friday's final practice session for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . The No. 33 driver propelled his Richard Childress Chevrolet around the Nevada oval at 182.927 mph. After replacing the engine in his No. 2 ride, Brian Scott finally hit the track for the second practice. The lack of seat time a few hours earlier didn't seem to deter the Richard Childress Racing driver, as he posted the second-fastest speed, circling the speedway at 179.665 mph. Rounding out the top five were RSS Racing's Ryan Sieg (179.384 mph), Richard Childress Racing 's Brendan Gaughan (179.348 mph) and JR Motorsports' Regan Smith (179.301 mph). Sprint Cup Series veteran Denny Hamlin is subbing for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this weekend. After running the most laps during the final practice, Hamlin ranked seventh on the leaderboard. Posting the ninth-fastest speed was JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who is wheeling the team's No. 88 machine this week. JRM driver and reigning XFINITY champion Chase Elliott rounded the 1.5-mile track 18th-fastest in his No. 9 Chevrolet. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez missed most of the first session due to a stomach ailment, but was back behind the wheel of his No. 18 Toyota by the final practice. He posted the 19th-fastest speed on the leaderboard. The XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. ET, for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying with coverage on FOX Sports 2. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 22 driver offers apologies to Erik Jones for day-ending bump Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live LAS VEGAS -- A late-race wreck in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 led to two drivers being upset at Ryan Blaney . Erik Jones . And Ryan Blaney . Blaney's bump on Jones' No. 20 Toyota on Lap 173 turned the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and sent him hard into the outside retaining wall, which appeared to not be protected by a SAFER barrier. The head-on shot mangled the front of Jones' car and sent the driver, who was battling Blaney for third place, on an ambulance ride to the infield care center. "I'm not sure what I hit," Jones said when asked about the SAFER barrier implication. "I just knew it was a wall. I'm not too sure." Safety measures have been one of the major talking points for drivers this year, starting in Daytona when Kyle Busch -- Jones' boss in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- broke his right leg when he smashed an inside retaining wall. Jeff Gordon crushed his car last week at Atlanta hitting a concrete wall. This shot was a direct hit, but came via inadvertent contact. Racing in close quarters, Blaney's car, which was on the inside lane, wiggled significantly and drifted up the track. His No. 22 Ford righted once it hit Jones' car, but it sent the No. 20 into a spin that Jones had no shot of righting. "The 22 (of Blaney) just lost it, obviously," said Jones, who would finish 29th. "We were there to catch him and save his day. Not a lot of car control from him, and it was really unfortunate to get taken out that way. We had a strong car, and one I thought could probably contend for the win. It's just a shame that it had to end the way it did." Blaney opened every post-race interview by apologizing to Jones for his role in the wreck. By the time Blaney arrived in the media center for his press conference following a runner-up finish, his body language gave even more cues than his words. "That sucked," Blaney said, his face a grimace and his shoulders slumped. "I hate to see him wreck. It was unfortunate." Despite his role in that incident, Blaney was in position to challenge Austin Dillon , who led 183 laps, for the win. Dillon threw a block when Blaney attempted to pass low, and then again when the No. 22 roared up to the top line. Was there a thought in Blaney's mind to attempt to move Dillon for the win? No. And it was directly due to the previous incident with Jones. "I didn't want people saying any more bad things about me after I wrecked Erik," Blaney said of his reasoning. "I mean, it's a racing incident, but you never want to see a wrecked race car and you be a part of it. I know it's a racing deal, but that's the worst spot to be in, pinned down on the bottom and have someone right on your door. It happens, but I don't like getting into things with people. I hope he knows I feel bad about it." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule All times ET Monday, March 9 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, March 10 2 a.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 1 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 2 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 1 10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network Wednesday, March 11 4:30 p.m., The List: Iconic Cars (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network Thursday, March 12 2 a.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 3 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 4 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, March 13 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FOX Sports 2 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 10 p.m., NASCAR Mexico Series Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway , NBC Universo Saturday, March 14 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Day: XFINITY Series, FOX 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 , FOX Sunday, March 15 11 a.m., I Am Dale Earnhardt (re-air), SPIKE Noon, NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Race Day: Phoenix, FOX 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 , FOX 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Austin Dillon started on the pole and dominated the entire day holding off a late race charge by Ryan Blaney to win the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon talks about how he was able to hold off Ryan Blaney in the final laps of the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon celebrates his dominating performance and third career Xfinity Series win in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney talks about falling short to Austin Dillon in his final run, also Regan Smith talks about his third place finish in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon is able hold off Ryan Blaney's run for the lead in the final lap of the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.