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
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|