Start Time, Weather, and More: All You Should Know Ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Las Vegas

Published 03/06/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric (18) and Austin Cindric (22) lead the field to start the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The NASCAR Xfinity Series enters Round 4 this weekend, as the action now moves to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Quite a few drivers have gotten off to the right start in 2021, with some also targeting their first race win of the current campaign.

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Weather conditions promise a perfect sunny evening for racing, with forecast predicting a 0% chance of rain. The green flag for the race is scheduled to be waved off at 4:38 PM Eastern Time.

The race consists of 200 laps on the 1.5-mile speedway track, making it a total distance of 300 miles to cover. While Stage 1 will end at Lap 45, Stage will end on Lap 90, leaving the competitors to fight it out for the race victory in the remaining 110 laps.

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Myatt Snyder starts on the front row alongside Austin Cindric

After his win last week at Homestead-Miami, Snyder will join the 2020 Xfinity Series champ on the front row. Though it is just Snyder’s second season in the division, expect him to carry forward the momentum at Las Vegas as well.

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 10: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 Snap-On Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Cindric, owing to his credentials, remains a strong contender at this racetrack, with top half finishes in 4 out of the last 5 races he competed in. The Team Penske will be itching to get another win this season, and his machinery could well comply to deliver some success at Vegas.

Senior drivers AJ Allmendinger and Jeb Burton can also be ones to watch out for. The latter in particular could guide Kaulig Racing to a deserved Top-5 finish, owing to his track record at the venue from his time in the Cup Series.

What happened the last time around at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Xfinity Series?

The rejigged schedule saw Las Vegas host two races last season, both of which were won by now Cup driver Chase Briscoe. In its first edition, the No.14 had the lead at various times, but captured control of the race on Lap 165, and stormed home to win the race.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Cindric for his best efforts finishes second in that clash, but could not do anything in the repeat at the same venue in September 2020. On that occasion, it was Noah Gragson who gave Briscoe a good battle. However, Briscoe’s machinery proved mightily powerful in the end and fended off the challenge.

Regardless, this year’s race at Las Vegas will see a new winner crowned any which way. If recent rounds are of any indication, then a contender could surprise us all out of the blue to win this contest.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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