Buescher, Dillon share points lead heading into Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV ( - The Xfinity Series will run its third race of the season on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon are presently tied for the lead in the series standings with 83 points apiece. They hold an eight-point advantage over Ryan Reed, who won the Xfinity season-opener on Feb. 21 at Daytona. Kevin Harvick, a Sprint Cup Series regular, scored the victory one week ago at Atlanta.

Buescher, the driver of the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, is having the best start of his Xfinity career, finishing second at Daytona and then fourth at Atlanta. He placed ninth in last year's race at Las Vegas.

"We are off to a good start this year and expect to be able to follow that up in Las Vegas," Buescher said. "We had a top-10 there last year and going back to the track for the second time should help us improve. It is a track with a lot of bumps and character, making it one of the cooler 1.5-mile tracks we go to."

Buescher finished the 2014 season seventh in points while Dillon placed fifth.

Dillon, who is behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, finished third at both Daytona and Atlanta. He has two Xfinity starts at Las Vegas, placing 11th in 2013 and '14.

"We have all the momentum on our side, and it's obviously a fantastic way to start the season," Dillon said. "Our theme this season is to believe in ourselves. We have all the tools to be a championship team, and these past two races have been an example of how we want this season to go. Overall, it gives us a boost on the competition, but we're definitely not going to sit back and relax. We're full steam ahead and hope to turn third place finishes into wins."

Chase Elliott, the defending Xfinity champion, is eighth in the standings (-28) after finishing 28th at Daytona (accident) and fifth at Atlanta.

Forty-two teams are on the entry list for the Boyd Gaming 300. Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin are those Sprint Cup regulars scheduled to compete in this race.

Series: NASCAR Xfinity. Date: Saturday, March 7. Race: Boyd Gaming 300. Site: Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 4 p.m. ET. Laps: 200. Miles: 300. 2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski. Television: Fox Sports 1. Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.