Chase Briscoe wins Xfinity Vegas race

After getting darkened by storm clouds and swamped by rain yesterday, the Boyd Gaming 300 concluded with Chase Briscoe hoisting the trophy Sunday night. 

This is the third victory for Briscoe in his 52 Xfinity Series starts and his second top-10 finish in 2020 in as many races. 

Through 1/4 of the race that was completed yesterday, Daniel Hemric lost control and spun out in turn 3 on lap 18. After the spin-out served as the competition caution, Briscoe would hold onto the lead to claim the stage 1 victory. 

The remaining part of the race resumed after the Cup series race that saw Joey Logano claim the victory.

With the engines re-firing at 4:50 PST, the Xfinity race resumed. When the flag waved green, Briscoe would start with the lead and would quickly create a cushion between himself and fellow Ford Austin Cindric. Third place would be manned by #10 Ross Chastain, who just finished subbing for Ryan Newman in the #6 Ford earlier in the Cup race. 

The gaps between the cars would continue to widen, with Briscoe pushing the gap between him and Cindric to over 1.6 seconds. A caution came out due to #90 Austin Labbe losing control on turn 2. After the restart on lap 76, #7 Justin Allgaier would overtake both Briscoe and Cindric to take the lead. The Chevy would win stage 2, with Cindric and Briscoe following behind. 

Briscoe was initially unable to pass Cindric, despite the inside runs on the turns. With the gaps between the drivers widening again, Allgaier would overtake Briscoe for most laps led (53). Briscoe would continue to fade to the edge of the top-5, while Cindric would use a nice run to rocket past Allgaier on the straightaway on lap 124. 

Despite the power-run by Cindric, Briscoe was able to stay within the mirror of the top-3. After pit-stops and a #21 Myatt Snider spin-out after being turned by #9 Noah Gragson, Briscoe was able to close the gap and retake the lead over Cindric and Allgaier. With 10 to go, Briscoe created a 1.1 second lead and would cross the checkered flag with a 2.8 second lead. Cindric would finish second. Two Chevys in #39 Ryan Sieg and Gragson, followed by rookie Harrison Burton in the #20 Toyota, would round out the top-5. The fifth-place finish was the highest among the rookie field. 

Cindric posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The runner-up finish is his first top-10 finish in 2020. The third-place finish for Sieg is his second top-10 finish in ten races in the Sin City. 

With the victory, Briscoe leads the early standings in points by seven over Gragson. 

The Xfinity series continues its West Coast Swing next weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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