NASCAR drivers take their talents to South Beach on Sunday.
Two weeks following the wild finish in Daytona and a week after Christopher Bell took home the first checkered flag of his career, Cup Series drivers stay in the Sunshine State for the Dixie Vodka 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Denny Hamlin enters Sunday’s race atop the driver standings with 102 points, leading Joey Logano (92 points) and Kevin Harvick (83 points) after two races. Bell’s first-place finish seats him a point behind Harvick in fourth place.
(All times Eastern.)
NASCAR at Homestead live updates, highlights from Dixie Vodka 400
5:56 p.m.: Byron and Hamlin are 1-2 in the restart, and the field extends to five wide for a moment. Drivers fighting for position.
5:45 p.m.: William Byron takes home Stage 2 with a late rush. Denny Hamlin was pressuring for No. 1, but Byron just pulled out ahead to end the stage.
5:36 p.m.: Another caution flag is out, with Corey LaJoie heading to the garage. Stage 2 winding down, six laps to go.
5:26 p.m.: 24 laps to go in Stage 2, Martin Truex leads the race for the first time this season. Bruescher still hanging around in second. Timmy Hill and James Davison both DNF today.
5:14 p.m.: Pit stops have begun, midway through Stage 2.
5:04 p.m.: Denny Hamlin making a push for 10th, battling with Kyle Larson for positioning. Quite the turnaround for Hamlin.
4:58 p.m.: Chase Elliott snags first place out of the restart, but still has a tight pack behind him.
4:57 p.m.: We got a restart, Buescher, Keselowski, Bowman, Elliott, Logano round out the top five. Byron and Larson all fighting for position.
4:46 p.m.: Chris Buescher takes Stage 1, his second career stage win.
4:42 p.m.: Eight laps to go in Stage 1, with Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher battlimng out for that top spot. They’re separated by tenths of a second. Martin Truex heads up into top five. Alex Bowman sneaks into No. 3.
4:39 p.m.: Denny Hamlin says that he is expecting electrical issues after his AC gives out. Turns out, the hose just popped out.
4:33 p.m.: Caution flag out, for Davison. Chris Buescher takes the lead.
4:27 p.m.: Kevin Harvick has dropped out of the top 10, and Martin Truex is now into the top 10.
4:18 p.m.: Chris Buescher slides into second place as William Byron takes third. Joey Logano into fourth, and Stenhouse into fifth. Hamlin is still stuck in 20th, not making much room up.
4:10 p.m.: Lap 31 of 80 in Stage 1, and we’re green again. Keselowski and Logano still 1-2 on the track. Denny Hamil up to 19th.
4:04 p.m.: Competition caution is out and the pits are open.
4:01 p.m.: Keselowski manages to wrestle the lead from Logano and opens up a 3 1/2 second lead over his teammate.
3:53 p.m.: Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick jockeying for position, with Christopher Bell rounding out the top five. Ricky Stenhouse and Kyle Larson were vying for the 10th spot, but Larson pulls into the top 10 handily.
3:48 p.m.: We have a green flag and Logano is out up front.
3:40 p.m.: Denny Hamlin to the back of the pack, leaving Logano at the front.
Engines about to be fired. Stages 80-80-107 (267 laps, 400.5 miles). Fuel run 61-66 laps. 10 sets tires (incl one set on car). Competition caution Lap 25. To rear: Hamlin, Bowman, & LaJoie for unapproved adjustments, Davison for 2x tech failures. On FOX @NASCARONFOX
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 28, 2021
3:38 p.m.: Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa gives the drivers the go ahead to start their engines…
3:33 p.m.: National anthem is sung, jets have flown overhead, and we are a short while away from race time.
3:23 p.m.: A little pre-race humor to get you revved up:
NASCAR race start time today
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled to wave at 3:48 p.m. ET.
Weather is a regular concern for NASCAR races in Florida, but this weekend may be an exception. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Homestead, Fla., on Sunday is for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s. The only threat to drivers may be the wind; the NWS is calling for southeast winds from 11-20 mph, with gusts up to 24 mph.
NASCAR lineup at Homestead
Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
|Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|