Dixie-Vodka 400 Race Preview

Dixie-Vodka 400 Race Preview
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The last two weeks of racing have been crazy. Two first-time winners and crazy races that have taken place at Daytona on the speedway and the road course. This week NASCAR will make its return to the mile and a half racetrack.

For the third week in a row, NASCAR will remain in Florida when they head south to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Dixie-Vodka 400 for the third race of the 2021 season. This is a track that has had so many memorable moments and even though it still does not have its championship spotlight it will still look to make even more memories in tomorrow’s race.

Last Season’s Race

This is the second straight year that Homestead-Miami will not host the championship race. Last year Denny Hamlin won this race. Looking back, this was the first to be postponed before the 2020 season was put on hold. The race was made up in June when Denny Hamlin dominated leading the most laps. He led 137 of 267 laps. Chase Elliott finished runner up and Ryan Blaney finished third. Blaney led the second-most laps, leading 70 of 267.

The Starting Grid

This race at Homestead-Miami will not have practice or qualifying. This means that by draw Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for the Dixie-Vodka 400. Joey Logano will start alongside him on the front row for the race.

Odds

As of now, Fanduel has Kevin Harvick (+470) and Martin Truex Jr (+470) as the favorites for the Dixie-Vodka 400. After them, Kyle Busch (+500) has the next best chance to win tomorrow’s race. Chase Elliott(+800) then follows with the third-best odds after finishing second in last year’s race.

What To Expect

The last two weeks have been rather unconventional. Starting with plate racing usually is a huge shakeup in points. Last week was a bit crazier when NASCAR was forced to add the Daytona Road Course which has made points even wackier.

This weekend’s race will start to even out the playing field as NASCAR will run on the traditional mile and a half-track. This is the type of track that Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin thrived on last season. Both drivers will be heavy favorites to win at Homestead-Miami.

Two drivers that are flying under the radar for the race are Martin Truex Jr and Chase Elliott. Both drivers are very hungry to earn a victory and lock in a spot in the 2021 playoffs. Chase Elliott will also be looking to bounce back after a rough ending to last week’s race when he finished 21st after running a strong first two stages. Now he looks for his first-ever victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Where To Watch & Listen

Prerace coverage of tomorrow’s race will begin at 2 pm on Fox Sports one with NASCAR Raceday. Then Raceday will continue at 3 pm on FOX. At 3:30 Race coverage will be on FOX and in Canada, it will be seen on TSN. The radio broadcast will begin at 2:30 with the prerace on the Motor Racing Network. Then race coverage will begin at 3:30 pm.

 

Sean Cuccaro
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I am someone who grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. I plan on moving to New York City to pursue a career in Sports Journalism. I grew up loving sports. I am a huge Steelers, Yankees, Knicks and Fighting Irish fan. I am also a diehard NASCAR fan. Sports always have and will define who I am as a person
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