It’s been nearly 20 months since the Cup Series raced in South Florida and nearly three years since a playoff race was held on NASCAR’s Southern-most track.
On Sunday, the Cup Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of NASCAR’s season finale from 2002-2019. The track hosted a June race during the pandemic year of 2020 and a race in late February last year, but now it’s back in the playoffs — this time hosting the second race of the third round.
While victory lane at Homestead may not be as crazy as the previous two decades — when a champion was crowned — Sunday does offer a chance for another driver to clinch a berth in NASCAR’s version of the final four.
Joey Logano became the first playoff driver to lock up his spot in the Championship 4 last weekend, when the Team Penske driver chased down Ross Chastain to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If one of the remaining seven playoff drivers takes the checkered flag on Sunday, half of the championship field will be determined.
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Here is everything you need to know to get ready for the Dixie Vodka 400, Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
What time does the NASCAR Cup race at Homestead-Miami start?
The Dixie Vodka 400 starts at 2:30 p.m. ET in Homestead, Florida.
What TV channel is the Cup race at Homestead-Miami on?
NBC is broadcasting the Dixie Vodka 400 and has a preview show beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Will there be a live stream of the Cup race at Homestead-Miami?
The Dixie Vodka 400 can be live streamed on the NBC Sports website (for those with a cable/satellite provider) and on the NBC Sports app. The race can also be streamed on FuboTV as well as other options.
How many laps is the Cup race at Homestead-Miami?
The Dixie Vodka 400 is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile oval for a total of 400.5 miles. The race will feature three segments (laps per stage) — Stage 1: 80 laps; Stage 2: 85 laps; Stage 3: 102 laps.
What are the playoff standings entering the race at Homestead-Miami?
(Through seven races; *-clinched berth in Championship 4)
1. *-Joey Logano, 4,084; 2. Ross Chastain, 4,063; 3. Chase Elliott, 4,062; 4. Denny Hamlin, 4,051; 5. William Byron, 4,045; 6. Chase Brisco, 4,042; 7. Ryan Blaney, 4,040; 8. Christopher Bell, 4,028.
Who won the most recent Cup race at Homestead-Miami?
William Byron dominated, leading 102 of 267 laps before cruising to a 2.777-second win over Tyler Reddick on Feb. 28, 2021.
What is the lineup for the Dixie Vodka 400?
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
2. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
3. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
4. (45) John H. Nemechek, Toyota
5. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
6. (23) Ty Gibbs, Toyota
7. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
8. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
9. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford
10. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
11. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
12. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
13. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
14. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
15. (31) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
16. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
17. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
18. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
19. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
20. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
21. (21) Harrison Burton, Ford
22. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
23. (99) Daniel Suárez, Chevrolet
24. (48) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet
25. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
26. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
27. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet
28. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
29. (38) Todd Gilliland, Ford
30. (42) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
31. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet
32. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
33. (77) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
34. (15) JJ Yeley, Ford
35. (78) BJ McLeod, Ford
36. (51) Cody Ware, Ford