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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Dixie Vodka 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Homestead-Miami Speedway just outside of Miami, Florida going into the Dixie Vodka 400 on February 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Homestead-Miami Speedway Data
Season Race #: 3 of 36 (02-28-21)
Track Size: 1.5-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 18-20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 18-20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 4 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,760 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,760 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Stages 1 & 2 Length: 80 Laps (each)
Finale Stage Length: 107 Laps

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Homestead
Tyler Reddick………………………. 115.5
Kyle Larson…………………………. 107.0
Kevin Harvick………………… ……106.8
Martin Truex Jr…………………….. 105.9
Kyle Busch…………………………. 102.1
Denny Hamlin……………………… 100.1
Chase Elliott…………………………. 96.9
Joey Logano…………………………. 91.6
Brad Keselowski……………………. 89.0
Austin Dillon…………………………. 83.4

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2020 races (16 total) among active drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Homestead-Miami Speedway:

2020 pole winner:
None – Due To Metric Qualifying
Denny Hamlin started from first

 

2020 race winner:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
127.751 mph, (03:08:06), 06-14-20

 

Track qualifying record:
Brad Keselowski, Ford
181.238 mph, 29.795 secs. 11-14-14
Set in Round 1 of 3

 

Track race record:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
142.654 mph, (02:48:47), 11-17-19

HISTORY

  • Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex – as the track was originally named – began Aug. 24, 1993.
  • The first race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Nov. 5, 1995 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.
  • The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s layout.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami was held on Nov. 14, 1999 – won by Tony Stewart (Pontiac).
  • 2002 was the first season the Championship Weekend was held at Homestead, with all three of NASCAR’s national series holding their season finale at the same track.
  • The 2019 season was the last time all three NASCAR national series held the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • There have been 22 NASCAR Cup Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one per season since 1999.

STARTS

  • A total of 151 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • A total of 116 drivers have competed in more than one NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick lead the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 20 each.
  • Three drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
First Start Drivers Start Finish Date
Bobby Hamilton Jr 30 33 Sunday, November 12, 2000
Juan Pablo Montoya 29 34 Sunday, November 19, 2006
Drew Herring 37 29 Sunday, November 17, 2019
  • Casey Atwood (three starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 6.333.
  • Brad Keselowski (13 starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Homestead with a 9.385.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Start Races Rank Active Drivers Avg. Start Races
1 Casey Atwood 6.333 3 1 Brad Keselowski 9.385 13
2 Brad Keselowski 9.385 13 2 Ryan Blaney 9.667 6
3 Ryan Blaney 9.667 6 3 Kyle Busch 10.375 16
4 Kyle Busch 10.375 16 4 Chase Elliott 10.600 5
5 Chase Elliott 10.600 5 5 Martin Truex Jr 11.063 16
6 Martin Truex Jr 11.063 16 6 Kevin Harvick 11.550 20
7 Carl Edwards 11.462 13 7 Joey Logano 12.083 12
8 Kevin Harvick 11.550 20 8 Ryan Newman 12.368 19
9 Joey Logano 12.083 12 9 Kurt Busch 12.950 20
10 Ryan Newman 12.368 19 10 Erik Jones 13.000 4

POLES

  • A total of 14 different drivers have won a Busch Pole Award at Homestead-Miami Speedway, four of the 14 are active this weekend.
NASCAR Cup Series
Homestead-Miami Pole Winners
Pole Winners (14) Poles
Denny Hamlin 3
Carl Edwards 2
Jimmie Johnson 2
Kasey Kahne 2
Kurt Busch 2
Bill Elliott 1
David Green 1
David Reutimann 1
Jamie McMurray 1
Jeff Gordon 1
Joey Logano 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Steve Park 1
  • Denny Hamlin leads the series in poles at Homestead-Miami Speedway with three (2015, 2017, 2018).
  • David Green won the first NASCAR Cup Series pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999 at a speed of 155.759 mph (34.669 sec.) in a Pontiac owned by Tim Beverly.
  • Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first series career pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway: David Green (November 1999), Jamie McMurray (November 2003) and David Reutimann (November 2008)
  • Youngest series Homestead-Miami pole winner: Joey Logano (November 18, 2012 – 22 years, 5 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest series Homestead-Miami pole winner: Bill Elliott (November 11, 2001 – 46 years, 1 month, 3 days).
  • Five different manufacturers have won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series – Toyota (seven), Chevrolet (five), Ford (four), Dodge (three) and Pontiac (one).

WINS

  • A total of 14 different driver have won at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway; six of 14 are active this weekend.
NASCAR Cup Series
Homestead Active Race Winners
Active Race Winners (6) Wins
Denny Hamlin 3
Kyle Busch 2
Joey Logano 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Kurt Busch 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
  • Greg Biffle (2004, 2005, 2006), Tony Stewart (1999, 2000, 2011) and Denny Hamlin (2009, 2013, 2020) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway with three wins each.
  • Of the five drivers with multiple wins at Homestead, Tony Stewart is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Pontiac (1999, 2000) and Chevrolet (2011).
  • Two drivers have won consecutive races at Homestead-Miami: Tony Stewart (1999 – 2000) and Greg Biffle (2004 – 2006, three straight).
  • Youngest series Homestead-Miami race winner: Kurt Busch (November 17, 2002 – 24 years, 3 months, 13 days).
  • Oldest series Homestead-Miami race winner: Bill Elliott (November 11, 2001 – 46 years, 1 month, 3 days).
  • No driver has scored their first career Cup win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Two of the 22 NASCAR Cup Series races (9.1%) at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from the pole: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002). Denny Hamlin won from the first starting position in 2020 due to Metric Qualifying (13.64%).
  • Seven of the 22 NASCAR Cup Series races (31.82%) at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the first starting position and four from the second starting position.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 3 13.64% 13 1 4.55%
2 4 18.18% 14 1 4.55%
3 1 4.55% 15 2 9.09%
4 3 13.64% 22 1 4.55%
5 3 13.64% 38 1 4.55%
7 2 9.09%
Additional Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the Pole: 13.64% 3
Winning from the Front Row: 31.82% 7
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 63.64% 14
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 72.73% 16
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10: 27.27% 6
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 9.09% 2
  • Denny Hamlin won the 2009 race from the 38th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Tony Stewart (1999) is the only driver to win at Homestead-Miami in his first appearance.
  • Seven different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR Cup Series
Homestead-Miami Organization Wins
Organizations (7) Wins
Joe Gibbs Racing 8
Roush Fenway Racing 7
Hendrick Motorsports 2
Stewart-Haas Racing 2
Furniture Row Racing 1
Richard Petty Motorsports 1
Team Penske 1
  • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the series in wins at Homestead-Miami with eight victories: Tony Stewart (1999, 2000), Bobby Labonte (2003), Denny Hamlin (2009, 2013, 2020), Kyle Busch (2015, 2019).
  • Five different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, led by Ford with eight victories; followed by Toyota (six), Chevrolet (five), Pontiac (two) and Dodge (one).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 17 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick (2003, 2008, 2015) and Martin Truex Jr. (2006, 2018, 2019) lead the series in runner-up finishes with three each.
  • Last season, Chase Elliott finished runner-up in the Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Cup Series race.
Runner-Up Finishers at Homestead
All-Time Drivers Runner-Up Finishes
Kevin Harvick 3
Martin Truex Jr 3
Jimmie Johnson 2
Bobby Labonte 1
Carl Edwards 1
Chase Elliott 1
Clint Bowyer 1
Jeff Burton 1
Jeremy Mayfield 1
Joe Nemechek 1
Kurt Busch 1
Kyle Busch 1
Kyle Larson 1
Mark Martin 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Michael Waltrip 1
Ryan Newman 1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 39 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-five finishes at Homestead-Miami with 11 top fives in 20 starts.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Kevin Harvick 11 1 Kevin Harvick 11
2 Jeff Gordon 7 2 Martin Truex Jr 6
3 Martin Truex Jr 6 3 Denny Hamlin 5
4 Carl Edwards 5 Kyle Busch 5
Denny Hamlin 5 5 Joey Logano 4
Jimmie Johnson 5 Kurt Busch 4
Kyle Busch 5

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 60 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup series in top-10 finishes with 17 top 10s in 20 starts.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Kevin Harvick 17 1 Kevin Harvick 17
2 Jeff Gordon 13 2 Denny Hamlin 11
3 Denny Hamlin 11 3 Martin Truex Jr 10
Jimmie Johnson 11 4 Kyle Busch 9
Matt Kenseth 11 5 Kurt Busch 7
Ryan Newman 7

Average Finishes

  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in average finish position at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 6.4.

Top 10 in Average Finishing position at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Finish Races Rank Active Drivers Avg. Finish Races
1 Kevin Harvick 7.400 20 1 Kevin Harvick 7.400 20
2 Chase Elliott 8.000 5 2 Chase Elliott 8.000 5
3 Denny Hamlin 9.938 16 3 Denny Hamlin 9.938 16
4 Jeff Gordon 10.294 17 4 Martin Truex Jr 10.313 16
5 Martin Truex Jr 10.313 16 5 Austin Dillon 12.571 7
6 Carl Edwards 11.154 13 6 Kyle Larson 13.000 7
7 Scott Wimmer 12.000 4 7 Joey Logano 13.917 12
8 Austin Dillon 12.571 7 8 Brad Keselowski 14.077 13
9 Kyle Larson 13.000 7 9 Kyle Busch 15.688 16
10 Clint Bowyer 13.400 15 10 Ryan Newman 16.263 19

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 57 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Carl Edwards leads the series in laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 615 laps led of his 3,462 laps completed (17.8%);
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with 465 laps led in 4,011 laps completed (11.5%).

Top 10 in Laps Led at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Carl Edwards 13 615 3,462 17.8%
2 Kyle Busch 16 465 4,011 11.6%
3 Tony Stewart 17 450 4,452 10.1%
4 Matt Kenseth 20 449 5,056 8.9%
5 Kevin Harvick 20 414 5,344 7.7%
6 Denny Hamlin 16 393 4,269 9.2%
7 Kyle Larson 7 325 1,812 17.9%
8 Martin Truex Jr 16 312 4,247 7.3%
9 Jeff Gordon 17 253 4,472 5.7%
10 Bill Elliott 10 248 2,662 9.3%
Rank Active Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Kyle Busch 16 465 4,011 11.6%
2 Kevin Harvick 20 414 5,344 7.7%
3 Denny Hamlin 16 393 4,269 9.2%
4 Kyle Larson 7 325 1,812 17.9%
5 Martin Truex Jr 16 312 4,247 7.3%
6 Joey Logano 12 185 3,102 6.0%
7 Ryan Newman 19 143 4,916 2.9%
8 Brad Keselowski 13 108 3,456 3.1%
9 Kurt Busch 20 97 4,852 2.0%
10 Ryan Blaney 6 70 1,595 4.4%
  • The most laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the race winner was 214 of the scheduled 267 laps (80.1%) by Matt Kenseth on November 18, 2007 – he started from the fourth position.
  • The most laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by a driver that did not win was 191 of the scheduled 267 laps (71.5%) by Kyle Busch on November 18, 2012 – he started eighth and finished fourth.
  • The fewest laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the race winner was one lap led of the scheduled 267 laps by Bobby Labonte on November 16, 2003 – he started second and passed Bill Elliott on the last lap to win the race.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Danica Patrick became the first and only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Date Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating
11/19/2017 Danica Patrick 25 37 45.8
11/20/2016 Danica Patrick 30 19 47.7
11/22/2015 Danica Patrick 35 24 64.7
11/16/2014 Danica Patrick 32 18 67.7
11/17/2013 Danica Patrick 24 20 61.4
AVERAGES 29.2 23.6 57.5

TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest Margin of Victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the November 20, 2005 race won by Greg Biffle with a margin of victory of 0.017-second over second-place NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

Top Five Closest Cup Series Margins of Victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Margin of Victory Date Winner Runner-Up
0.017 11/20/2005 Greg Biffle Mark Martin
0.342 11/21/2004 Greg Biffle Jimmie Johnson
0.389 11/19/2006 Greg Biffle Martin Truex Jr
0.466 11/20/2016 Jimmie Johnson Kyle Larson
0.500 11/16/2014 Kevin Harvick Ryan Newman

 

Additional Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Cup Series Stats
Previous Races Last Race Most / Largest Fewest / Smallest
Cars: 38 43 – 17 Times (11/22/2015) 38 (06/14/2020)
Lead Changes: 17 26 (11/20/2011) 12 (11/17/2002)
Leaders: 7 15 (11/20/2011) 4 (11/19/2017)
Cautions: 6 14 (11/21/2004) 1 (11/14/1999)
Caution Laps: 27 79 (11/21/2004) 5 (11/14/1999)
Lead Lap Finish: 15 32 (11/16/2014) 6 (11/12/2000)
Running at Finish: 37 42 (11/11/2001) 31 (11/21/2010)
Laps Led (Winner): 137 214 (11/18/2007) 1 (11/16/2003)
Margin of Victory*: 0.895 7.548 (11/16/2008) 0.017 (11/20/2005)
* Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions at Homestead-Miami Speedway just once – 2019.
  • None of the 22 series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been shortened due to weather.
  • Three of the 22 series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have ended under NASCAR Overtime:
Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps NASCAR Overtime Winner Runner-Up
11/20/2016 267 268 1 Jimmie Johnson Kyle Larson
11/19/2006 267 268 1 Greg Biffle Martin Truex Jr
11/21/2004 267 271 4 Greg Biffle Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR IN FLORIDA

  • There have been 341 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Florida.
Tracks in Florida
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Total Races First Year
Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach 148 59 22 229 1959
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead 22 27 25 74 1995
Daytona Beach & Road Course Daytona Beach 10 0 0 10 1949
Palm Beach Speedway W. Palm Beach 7 0 0 7 1952
Daytona Road Course Daytona Beach 2 2 2 6 2020
Speedway Park Jacksonville 6 0 0 6 1951
Volusia County Speedway Barberville 0 4 0 4 1989
Walt Disney World Speedway Orlando 0 0 2 2 1997
Five Flags Speedway Pensacola 1 0 0 1 1953
Golden Gate Speedway Tampa 1 0 0 1 1963
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway Titusville 1 0 0 1 1957
Totals 198 92 51 341

The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Florida was on July 10, 1949 at the Daytona Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida – the event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).

FLORIDA DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 186 drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Florida.
  • There have been 12 NASCAR national series race winners from the state of Florida have combined to win 97 NASCAR national series races.
Winners From Florida
Rank Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined Wins
1 Fireball Roberts 33 0 0 33
2 LeeRoy Yarbrough 14 0 0 14
3 Marshall Teague 7 0 0 7
4 Joe Nemechek 4 16 0 20
5 Aric Almirola 2 3 2 7
6 Bobby Johns 2 0 0 2
7 David Reutimann 2 1 1 4
8 Shorty Rollins 1 0 0 1
9 Ross Chastain 0 2 3 5
10 Rick Wilson 0 2 0 2
11 Joey Coulter 0 0 1 1
12 Ben Kennedy 0 0 1 1
Totals 65 24 8 97

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