NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES – BOYD GAMING 300, SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 4:15 P.M. ET ON ESPN2
Las Vegas Homecoming For Gaughan, Kwasniewski
Who says you can’t go home? Brendan Gaughan and Dylan Kwasniewski are both doing just that this weekend when they get to compete in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Saturday’s race will mark Gaughan’s fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the speedway while Kwasniewski will be making his debut. They are not the only hometown drivers competing in the race; Kyle Busch returns behind the wheel of the No. 54 looking his first series victory at Las Vegas.
Sadler Strong In 2014
A new season is proving to a good thing for Elliott Sadler. After finishing second in the series standings in 2011 and 2012, the JGR driver was winless in 2013 and finished fourth in the points. In two races this season, Sadler has two top-six finishes. He captured the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – the site of Saturday’s race – in 2012 and has two top fives.
Nationwide Regulars Shine In Vegas
Regan Smith was the first NASCAR Nationwide Series regular to take home a victory in 2014. The odds are good that another series regular could do the same this weekend at Las Vegas. The last two races held at the speedway have been won by series regulars – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2012) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2013).
Two Races Down, Rookies Continue To Show Strength
After the first two races of the season, Sunoco Rookie of the Year title contenders Ty Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott continue to impress. The trio have each at least one top-10 finish and are currently fourth, fifth and seventh in the series standings, respectively. Dillon is the only one of the three to have a NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Las Vegas. In last year’s event, he finished 11th.