Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Kyle Busch takes hometown race in Xfinity series

LAS VEGAS — Kyle Busch led all but one of the 200 laps Saturday to earn his first career Xfinity series victory at his home track.

Busch scored a Sprint Cup victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009, but had been 0-for-11 in NASCAR's second-tier series at the 11/2-mile oval before dominating the Boyd Gaming 300. The victory was his 78th in Xfinity and second consecutive this season.

"It feels really good for as good as this car was," Busch said. "It was really, really fast. This is 2-for-2 and that's pretty cool, and to check this one off the box is awesome, too."

He put a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in Victory Lane in Las Vegas for the first time in the series. JGR drivers went 1-2-3 as Daniel Suarez finished second and Erik Jones came from two laps down to finish third.

"It took me too much time to figure out how to be fast in a loose race car in traffic," Suarez said of his inability to challenge teammate Busch.

Jones, who was penalized for speeding then was caught speeding again as he went to pit road to serve his punishment, was two laps down after the gaffes.

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace led Lap 55, the only driver other than Busch to head the field, but was eliminated in a wreck and finished 33rd.

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