Yesterday’s race was once again proof that NASCAR should have stayed at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship race. Overall, there was exciting racing all day even with NASCAR’s 550 package.
Homestead is not your typical mile and a half and it was proven with a very exciting race. The fans that were in attendance were on their feet all day and they did not leave disappointed.
Chris Buescher Wins Stage 1
Trouble struck late in stage number one when James Davidson’s engine burst into flames. This knocked him out of the race finishing 37th. Many stage one predictions were busted as Chris Buescher won stage number one. Brad Keselowski followed up with a 2nd place finish.
In the final lap the battle for 3rd place heated up but in the end, Martin Truex Jr finished ahead of William Byron. Rounding out the top five would be Alex Bowman.
William Byron Wins Stage 2
Once again engine issues forced a caution as Corey Lajoie’s engine blew on lap 151. This ended his day as he finished in the 36th position. More stage predictions were blown as William Byron went on to win stage number two with a last-lap pass on the exit on turn four.
Denny Hamlin fell victim to the pass as he finished in the second position. Kurt Busch had a strong run as he finished in 3rd.
William Byron Wins Dixie-Vodka 400
Big trouble strikes as Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney hit each other which led to both of them hitting the wall. No caution was thrown until a lap and a half later when debris was on the track. Both had a tough finish as Ryan Blaney finished 29th, 1 lap down and Aric Almirola finished 30th, 3 laps down. After a long green-flag run William Byron would win his second career race. This win officially locks him into the 2021 playoffs.
Tyler Reddick also had a strong run finishing runner-up in yesterday’s race. Finishing 3rd was Martin Truex Jr after a solid race. Kyle Larson also had a strong race as he finished in 4th. Rounding out the top 5 Kevin Harvick earned himself a 5th place finish.
Next up will be a 2 race west coast trip. Next week NASCAR will head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to the more “traditional” mile and a half. After that NASCAR will head to Phoenix for the first of two races there this season with the title race obviously being the second race.