March 9th, 2013
“Sam’s Town 300”
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA- The Nationwide Series left the deserts of Arizona and drove to the deserts of Nevada. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile track was the site for race number three of the season. The rain came and washed away qualifying, so they were set up by last year’s owner points. Brian Vickers (20) started on Pole, with Trevor Bayne (6) starting beside him. The race was scheduled for 300 miles, 200 laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) raced his own car, while Ty Dillon (33) was running his grandfather’s car. A “Competition Caution” was scheduled for lap 35, due to the rain-washed track.
The Invocation was provided by Kurt Schulke. Jeff Stults sang the “National Anthem,” and The Marshall Tucker Band was the Grand Marshal’s of the race. Elliott Sadler (11) was the In-Race reporter.
On lap 3, the first caution came out for Eric McClure (14) having troubles with his transmission.
On lap 36, the “Competition Caution” flew for all the teams to get onto pit road and see what if any tire wear they had in the first thirty-five laps.
On lap 56, the third caution came out for Mike Wallace (01) and Joe Nemechek (87). Nemechek was passing Wallace when their cars got together, sending Nemechek into the outside wall.
On lap 81, Robert Richardson (23) spun out without hitting anything.
On lap 87, Kyle Larsen (32) and Trevor Bayne (6) got into each other after Bayne ran up the track into Larsen. This happened at the front of the field as the two were racing for the lead. Both cars hit the outside wall. Larsen’s car received the most damage as he hit the wall at an angle with the rear right of the car.
On lap 138, a debris caution came out. Just before they went back to green, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a tire go down. He then had to make another stop and came off pit road as they went green. This dropped him off the lead lap.
On lap 183, Scott Lagasse Jr. (8) spun out all by himself.
On the restart with thirteen laps remaining, Brian Sieg (51) tagged Joey Gase (52), who then slammed into Kyle Larsen (32). Larsen’s car ran into the outside wall with plenty of force. He then went across the track while on fire, and he slammed into the inside wall as well.
Sam Hornish Jr. (12) had the fastest car today, and he led the most with 113 led. Hornish Jr. was able to hold off the rest of the field for his second victory in the NNS. This was Roger Penske’s first win at the Las Vegas Track.
The rest of the top ten were: Kyle Busch (54), Brian Vickers (20), Trevor Bayne (6), Elliott Sadler (11), Austin Dillon (3), Regan Smith (7), Alex Bowman (99), Brian Scott (2) and Travis Pastrana (60).
Other notables, Ty Dillon (33) finished eleventh, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) finished fourteenth after having tire issues late in the race.
The next race is on Saturday at the Bristol Bowl in Tennessee. The race is at 1:30 PM on ESPN.