Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series ran the Sam’s Town 300 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Qualifying took place a few hours earlier, with Elliott Sadler capturing the pole with a speed of 181.366 mph and 29.774 seconds around this 1.5 mile track with progressive banking. Kasey Kahne will start the race next to him on the front row.
2 Elliott Sadler leads from the pole. 3 Austin Dillon and 31 Justin Allgaier race for fourth with 3 taking the position. 22 Brad Keselowski gets by 31. 18 Mark Martin wiggles and slides up the track. 44 Mike Bliss slides up the track and 33 Brendan Gaughan gets by.
The first caution comes out during the commercial. 08 Kyle Fowler spins out but makes a nice save, not hitting anything. 24 Benny Gordon spins down pit road. The top nine drivers stay on the track while others pit. 11 Brian Scott comes out of the pits first, in tenth. 38 Kasey Kahne and 2 restart out front and they are two by two for the lead with 2 leading. 3 and 54 Kyle Busch race for position. 22 and 18 race for fourth and 22 gets by. 31 and 22 race side by side with 31 getting by under 22.
The second caution comes out during the commercial. We come back to the leaders pitting. 54 spins himself out trying to get by 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. They restart the race on lap 31. 18 makes it three wide and 2 lets off and falls back. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. bumps 18 to get by. The third caution comes out when 39 Joey Gase cuts a right front tire and rides against the wall. 31 in ninth makes a pit stop. 38 and 11 are out front for the restart on lap 48. 11 takes the lead after 6 gives him a push. 38 takes the lead back.
The fourth caution comes out when 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb and 44 get together and 13 spins with much smoke. She doesn’t hit anything. The leaders make pit stops and 38 and 22 are out front for the restart on lap 74. 22 takes the lead. 18 and 33 race side by side while 12 and 88 Cole Whitt race side by side. 33 finally gets by 18, they try again, but 18 can’t get by. 6 gets by 38 for second.
The fifth caution comes out when 60 Trevor Bayne, on the outside, sucks 11 to spin hard into the wall , spinning and spinning. The pace car takes them down pit road so clean up can be done on the track. 18 and 31 take fuel only. 2 makes major changes and will restart last on the lead lap. 18 leads. 31 with two tires is holding off 22 who took four tires. 22 finally drives under 31 for second. 54 is back on the track, 70 laps down. 22 is sputtering after not getting enough fuel in the car and can’t get the car to re-fire. He pits and takes awhile to re-fire it, going three laps down and ends up with a pass through penalty for speeding in the pits where he had no indication of speed with no power.
The sixth caution we are told is for debris. Actually, 50 T, J. Bell is stalled on the track. Everyone makes a pit stop and 6 leads them out. The seventh caution comes out when 51 Jeremy Clements takes a wild ride through the infield grass, getting airborne across strips of asphalt. He was racing 19 Tayler Malsam for the Lucky Dog position. 44 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap.
They restart with 39 laps to go. 18 and 6 race for the lead and 6 finally clears. 60 and 2 get by 88. 33 and 88 race side by side for position. 2 gets by 60 for third.
6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the Sam’s Town 300 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his third career win and his first win not at Iowa Speedway. Mark Martin finished second, followed by Elliott Sadler, Trevor Bayne, Brendan Gaughan, Cole Whitt, Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kasey Kahne for the top ten finishers. Danica Patrick finished twelfth while Johanna Long had a top twenty finish. Kyle Busch passed three cars that were out of the race to finish 33rd.
In Nationwide championship points, Elliott Sadler remains in first place with 131 points. Austin Dillon stays in second, 15 points behind. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. moves up two spots into third. Trevor Bayne falls a position to fourth, as does Cole Whitt to fifth. Sam Hornish, Jr. remains in sixth, Tayler Malsam in seventh and Michael Annett in eighth. Justin Allgaier and Blake Koch each move up three positions to complete the top ten in points.
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