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Race Recap

Deegan and Busch Victorious in Vegas

2019 Supra Pace CarDeegan and Busch Victorious in Vegas
Hailie Deegan opened a four-race weekend in Las Vegas for Toyota with a victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, while Kyle Busch was first to the checkered flag in the Truck and Xfinity Series.
The Toyota Supra also had a big weekend, debuting as the pace car in the XFINITY Series in addition to recording its second-consecutive race win on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
2019 Hailie Deegan Win 5
In the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) season-opener, Hailie Deegan continued to write the record books after winning at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Deegan made a thrilling last-lap pass to win her second NKNPSW event. 
 
"In the end we wouldn't have caught him if it weren't for the lapped cars," said Deegan. "They got in his way. If I was him, I'd be mad. But some people’s losses are other people’s wins and we ended up getting it done. I knew what we had to do to win. I knew it was going to come down to the last lap again and we made it happen."
 

With the win, she became the first female to lead the championship point standings in a NASCAR national or regional series. 

2019 Kyle Busch Truck Series
Busch continued his winning ways in the Truck Series in Las Vegas, capturing his second-consecutive series victory after becoming the winningest driver in series history last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch led 110 laps (of 134) during Friday night’s race. 
 
“Overall, a great night and hopefully the hometown crowd, all the folks from Las Vegas here enjoyed the show and maybe it was a little bit reminiscent of the Legend car days over there at the Bullring, but it’s all good for us here in victory lane,” said Busch in his post-race interview.
 
Toyota teammate Harrison Burton (fifth) posted his first top-five finish in 2019, while Tundra drivers Todd Gilliland (seventh) and Ryan Reed (ninth) also posted top-10 finishes.
2019 Kyle Busch Xfinity Series
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Busch overcame a loose wheel and going one lap down to win his 93rd career-series victory. After pitting early due to a loose wheel in Stage One, Busch went on to race his way back through the field and take the lead. 
 
“I knew to keep fighting and keep working,” said Busch. “It was early enough where you could try to come back from one of those kind of setbacks. It’s cool to be able to back up Christopher’s win last week and get the Supra back to victory lane with me in it.”
  
Fellow Toyota teammates Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones were strong all day, running in the top 10 before being caught in incidents at the end of the race. Bell went on to finish 13th and Jones finished 28th. Bell continues to lead the series standings with Jones in fourth.
2019 Kyle Busch Cup Series 4
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) closed out the weekend, running its second race with the new 2019 rules package on Sunday afternoon with Busch (third) as the highest-finishing Toyota driver.
 
After winning the Truck and Xfinity Series races earlier in the weekend, Busch came up just shy of sweeping all three national series races. Busch led 13 laps early in the race, but a pit road speeding penalty on lap 129 forced him to the back of the field where he battled back to finish third. 
 
“If we didn’t have the speeding penalty on pit road, we would have won this race,” said Busch. “The guys gave me a great piece and we were certainly fast there at the end.”
 
Martin Truex Jr. (eighth) and Denny Hamlin (10th) also finished in the top 10.
 
The Cup Series and Xfinity Series heads to Phoenix’s ISM Raceway for the second of three straight West Coast races this coming weekend, March 9-10. The Truck Series takes a couple weeks off before returning to action at Martinsville Speedway March 23.