Drivers talk about what they learned running Vegas XFINITY race

By Dominic Aragon and David Swope
March 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS—Nine drivers who ran the XFINITY Series Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will start in the Kobalt 400 Sunday.

Of those drivers, four spoke with The Racing Experts about applying any knowledge learned from the XFINITY Series race that can transfer over to the Cup Series race.

Joey Logano, who led 106 laps en route to a victory Saturday, will start fourth in the Cup race.

“This is my first time I’ve run an XFINITY race here, and I really thought the race kind of played out like a Cup race does as far as the balance of the car and the way it kind of goes through a run, so some good things I can take away from that,” Logano said.

Kyle Larson led 33 laps Saturday and finished second in the XFINITY Series. The 24-year-old driver will start fifth Sunday.

“These cars are a lot different from the Cup cars,” Larson said. “I thought it was good that the groove widened out, maybe we can run up the racetrack in the Cup car tomorrow, but hard to learn a lot today.”

Third-place starter and finisher Daniel Suarez will start 11th Sunday, his best start in a Cup Series race thus far.

“We’re going to have a similar situation [with tires] for tomorrow, and hopefully that can help us out a little bit,” he said.

Brad Keselowski finished 10th Saturday, but will start on the pole for Sunday’s race.

Despite leading the XFINITY Series race for 12 circuits, Keselowski gave his take on what he learned.

“Nothing,” he said. “No, it was a long day, I don’t know if there was really anything to learn.”

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