2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series preview: Las Vegas 1

The fourth race of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series will take place under the hotel and casino skyrises at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. 

Although the season is still very much in its infancy, the Xfinity Series has already had its usual expectancies and surprises with 2020 Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric and 18-year-old rookie Ty Gibbs each tallying a victory to their name. 

Regardless, the field will continue its trek through the grind of the 2021 campaign with another opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. As a cherry on top, a new winner will be crowned at Vegas this season, as Chase Briscoe (who won both races at the track last season) was promoted to the Cup Series. 

After picking up his first career Xfinity Series win last weekend at Homestead, Myatt Snider will start on the pole. The 26-year-old for Richard Childress Racing has two career Vegas Xfinity starts under his belt, with both coming last year (Feb. 23 and Sep. 26). Snider finished outside the top 20 in both of those contests (16th and 19th, respectively). Snider currently possesses 118 season points, second among the entire Xfinity field (Cindric is first with 147). 

Cindric, meanwhile, will start second. Cindric has followed up his championship campaign with a strong 2021 showing, as the 22-year-old Team Penske driver has finished inside the top five in all three races this season (first on Feb. 13, second on Feb. 20 and fifth on Feb. 27). After maintaining a 19.3 average finish through his first four Xfinity races on the 1.5-mile oval, Cindric started to find his groove in the Sin City last season, as he finished inside the top 10 in his past two races there (second on Feb. 23 and sixth on Sep. 26). 

While Cindric will vie for continued consistency, Noah Gragson will yearn for redemption following a gut-wrenching finish at Homestead, where the 22-year-old JR Motorsports driver finished in 33rd after wrecking with three laps to go while in the lead. In four career Xfinity races at Vegas Motor Speedway, Gragson’s lowest finish has been sixth (Sep. 14, 2019). Gragson will start 34th.

Although his 49 laps led through the early going of the 2021 season rank second among the entire Xfinity field, A.J. Allmendinger only has one top-10 finish in three starts so far this season (fifth on Feb. 13 at Daytona). Saturday will mark Allmendinger’s first Xfinity Series start at Vegas. In 10 career Cup Series starts at the track, Allmendinger has an average finish of 22.0. Allmendinger will start the race in 10th

Stage lengths for the race will be 45-45-110 with a competition caution on lap 25. Coverage of the race will begin at 4:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. 

Starting lineup:

Pit stall assignments:

Goodyear tire notes: 5 set of tires, Left-side — D-4976, Right-side — D-4986 (NEW)

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