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Las Vegas Xfinity Results: John Hunter Nemechek wins

John Hunter Nemechek has returned to victory lane in the NASCAR Xfinity Series after winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nemechek scored his 10th career Xfinity victory after completing 99 laps in the race. This is his first career Xfinity win at the Nevada circuit.

Reigning champion Cole Custer finished second. Chandler Smith, Austin Hill and Riley Herbst rounded out the top five.

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Chevrolet celebrated victories at Daytona and Atlanta to start the season, but it was Toyota who dominated in Las Vegas. Smith and Nemechek combined to lead 173 of the 200 laps. Nemechek won the race while Smith won the two stages.

Nemechek was in the lead during the final stage as the drivers prepared for green flag pit stops. Riley Herbst, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith and other cars on the lead lap stopped in front of Nemechek in an attempt to pass him during the cycle.

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This step yielded no results. Nemechek made his pit stop and was able to get back on track ahead of Hill, Herbst and Smith. He built a lead of more than four seconds before cycling back into the lead as other drivers stopped in front of him for fuel and tires. Nemechek then extended his lead to five seconds.

Custer made a late run after the pit stops were completed. He passed Herbst, Smith and Hill to move into second place with five laps remaining in the race. He just didn’t have enough time to erase Nemechek’s lead before the end of the race.

“Man, it’s great to come back here and win the Xfinity Series in limited starts,” Nemechek told Fox Sports after the race. “Our goal was to win as many as possible, nothing else matters.”

Who had a good race: Nemechek led a race-high 99 laps and built a lead of more than five seconds in the final stage before winning for the 10th time in Xfinity. … Chandler Smith started on the front row of the grid, led 74 laps and won the first two stages. He finished third, his third top-five finish in the first three races of the season. …Josh Williams gambled by staying on the track while other drivers headed to pit road. He made his stop with 10 laps to go before returning to the track and finishing a season-best 14th. … Hill finished fourth after winning the first two races of the season. He maintained his points lead. … Hailie Deegan finished 15th after struggling in the first two races of the season.

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Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer suffered late-race damage after Parker Retzlaff lost control on lap 7 and crashed into Mayer’s car. Mayer finished 38th, his second DNF in the first three races of the season. … Shane van Gisbergen went to the garage on lap 30 with an engine problem. He finished 37th. … Retzlaff, fresh off two top-five finishes, suffered damage on lap 7 and spent the race several laps down. He went to the garage in the final stage with a problem with the fuel pump and finished 35th. … Sage Karam went to the garage at the start of the race with gearbox problems. He returned to the track and completed 104 laps, but finished 36th with further transmission problems.

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Next one: The Xfinity season continues Saturday, March 9 at Phoenix Raceway (4:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

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