JGR Leads The Pack

Saturday, Mar 05 1529
Qualifying was held earlier this morning for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The session was executed in a knockout-group format with three rounds. 42 NASCAR Xfinity drivers started, 24 would advance to round 2 and only 12 moved on to the final round.

Joe Gibbs Racing has never won an Xfinity race on the 1.5 mile track but all three of their drivers had great speed during all three qualifying sessions. Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez will all lead the field to green when the 200-lap race rolls off later this afternoon.

Busch led round one in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota with a lap time of 29.522. Busch bettered his time by .086 in round two with 29.436. He went on to grab his 50th Xfinity pole in the five-minute dash known as round three, posting a time of 29.559.
Jones had solid qualifying laps to earn a front row starting spot. He recorded a lap of 29.566 in the final round and will start second in the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota.

Suarez wasn't far behind his teammates in the qualifying rounds. He will start third behind Busch in the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota. Suarez is currently ranked second in the Xfinity standings, just three points behind Elliott Sadler.

Tune into FS1, PRN and Sirius XM Channel 90 for race coverage starting at 12:30 PM PT, 3:30 PM ET.

Here's how the qualifying session stacked up:

Round 1

1. Kyle Busch

2. Erik Jones

3. Brandon Jones

Round 2

1. Kyle Busch

2. Daniel Suarez

3. Erik Jones

Top 10 Starters

1. Kyle Busch

2. Erik Jones

3. Daniel Suarez

4. Chase Elliott

5. Brandon Jones

6. Justin Allgaier

7. Elliott Sadler

8. Brendan Gaughan

9. Ty Dillon

10. Aric Almirola
Katie Williams

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