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The Xfinity Series regular season concludes in Saturday night's DC Solar 300 (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and current points leader Justin Allgaier is not only enjoying a career year but intent to turn it into a championship. Kevin Harvick drove away as the race victor when the series visited the 1.5-mile oval in March, but who will be able to find the same spark in the hot temperatures during September? (11) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 187.624 miles per hour. 4. Kevin Harvick 6. Ryan Blaney 7. (12) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 187.084 miles per hour. 7. (9) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 186.735 miles per hour. 8. Kurt Busch 9. Alex Bowman 10. Martin Truex Jr. 11. (42) Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 185.950 miles per hour. 12. (2) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 186.619 miles per hour. 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 15. Aric Almirola, Ford, 186.548 17. (48) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, 186.509 miles per hour. 18. (3) Austin Dillon (P), Chevrolet, 186.483 miles per hour. 19. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 186.451 miles per hour. 20. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 186.432 miles per hour. 21. William Byron 22. Ryan Newman 23. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 185.861 miles per hour. 23. Trevor Bayne 24. Michael McDowell 25. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 184.938 miles per hour. 27. David Ragan, Ford, 184.723 28. Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 184.660 29. AJ Allmendinger 30. Ty Dillon 31. Bubba Wallace 32. Corey LaJoie 33. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 180.662 miles per hour. 33. Kyle Weatherman 34. Ross Chastain 35. (96) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota, 179.976 miles per hour. 36. J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 179.432 37. (23) JJ Yeley (i), Toyota, 179.432 miles per hour. 37. Timmy Hill, Toyota, 176.085 40.

The Vegas race is the first of 10 playoff contests to crown a champion.

The four drivers now on the outside when it comes to advancing to the next round are Johnson, Elliott, Jones and Hamlin. She finished runner-up to Sheldon Creed in the race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

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Kyle Larson was second, and defending Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr. third after a stop-and-start finish to a race that featured 12 cautions. Logano laughed when asked if his strong showing in qualifying, combined with Brad Keselowski's back-to-back wins heading into Vegas, meant that Team Penske had made a breakthrough in the garage in recent weeks.

What about Martin Truex Jr.?

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- Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, who started the race tied for points lead with Kyle Busch, blew a tire and slammed the wall on Lap 148.

Four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs after the September 30 race at Charlotte and four more will be eliminated after the conclusion of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 21.

Also, with only 0.1 points awarded for each lap led by a driver, the need for a dominator is less important when building a winning lineup.

"Going to Vegas, it's not one of my best racetracks, for some reason, " Busch said. "I've won there before, but it was a long time ago". Vettel's championship bid crumbled when he crashed from pole here a year ago and then went on to lose the title by 46 points to Hamilton.

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