Race: Dixie Vodka 400
Date: February 28th at 3:30pm
Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway
2019 Winner: Denny Hamlin (3:08:06)
Homestead Miami Speedway — Home to the final race of the Monster Energy Cup Series (2002-2019), this 1.5 mile asphalt oval (1 of 4 on tour) speedway opened in 1995. The turns are 18-20 degrees in banking and the straightaways are 3 degrees. Sam Hornish set the track record here in 2006. The course features aqua, purple and silver colors, mimicking the nearby south beach ambiance. The stadium holds 46,000 seats and is perfectly in the middle for a tour course. It’s distance is average, it mimics many oval courses and opening when it did, it’s not an older course nor is it among the newest.
Chase Elliott (first selection this year) — Elliott’s last three races at Homestead-Miami: 2nd, 7th and 5th. Enough said.
Kyle Busch (first selection this year) — Even in spite of serious obstacles last week, Busch was in threat a few times to be a top five finisher. He comes to Homestead this week where he has six consecutive top seven finishes.
High Risk/High Reward
William Byron (first selection this year) — Byron does well on these long oval type courses. He was 9th here last year and he placed 35th (wreck) and 12th at Darlington and 11th at New Hampshire which, while shorter, mimic the oval style course where drives really open up on the straightaways.
Aric Almirola (first selection this year) — Almirola fared 12th and 7th at Darlington, 5th at Homestead and 7th at New Hampshire. He topped this off with a 9th place finish in 2018 at Homestead.
The Dark Horse
Tyler Reddick (first selection this year) — Similar to Byron, Reddick really thrives on the oval courses, with a 7th and 13th place at Darlington, 4th at Homestead and 10th place at New Hampshire last year, he should be primed to succeed this weekend.
Fun Fact: Joe Gibbs racing has won the last two years at Homestead
Favorite: Avg Finish 19th (48th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 23rd (56th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 21st (53rd Percent)