Dixie Vodka 400
Sunday, February 28, 2021
TV: FOX - Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
William Byron cruises to NASCAR Cup Series victory at Homestead-Miami: In a No. 24 Chevrolet that steadily improved its performance as the sun went down, William Byron streaked to a decisive victory in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. battling for second place behind him, Byron cruised to a 2.777-second victory over Reddick, who charged through the field late in the final 60-lap green-flag run to the finish. Truex ran third, with Larson coming home fourth. The victory was Byron’s first of the season, first at Homestead and the second of his career. The win was the 264th in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports, leaving the organization four victories behind Petty Enterprises for most all-time.[Read More](2-28-2021)
#24-William Byron won the Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The win is his 1st win of the year, 1st win at Homestead and 2nd career win.
#8-Reddick finished 2nd followed by #19-Truex, Jr., #5-Larson, #4-Harvick, #34-McDowell, #6-Newman, #1-Busch, #48-Bowman, and #18-Busch.
Pole sitter #11-Hamlin had to start at the rear due to unapproved adjustments. He finished 11th.
Byron took the lead just after the final restart of the race and pulled away over the final 58 laps for a win of nearly 3 seconds.
Stage 1 was won by #17-Buescher. Stage 2 was won by #24-Byron.
There were 20 lead changes among 9 drivers and 6 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 124.669mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Race Fast Facts – Homestead:
William Byron won the 23rd Annual Dixie Vodka 400, his second victory in 112 Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2021.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 18 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 20 points over Kevin Harvick.
Byron – 23 years 2 months 30 days – is the youngest winner in Homestead-Miami Speedway history.
Cup Series Playoff Standings after Homestead:
1) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 106
2) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 99 pts
3) #24-William Byron [1 win], 76
4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 139 [point leader]
5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 119
6) #22-Joey Logano, 108
7) #9-Chase Elliott, 105
8) #1-Kurt Busch, 104
9) #5-Kyle Larson, 97
10) #19-Martin Truex Jr., 96
11) #2-Brad Keselowski, 95
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 90
13) #37-Ryan Preece, 90
14) #41-Cole Custer, 68
15) #17-Chris Buescher, 67
16) #23-Bubba Wallace, 67
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.
Cars to the rear: #7-LaJoie (unapproved adjustments), #11-Hamlin (unapproved adjustments), #15-Davison (failed inspection twice), #48-Bowman (unapproved adjustments)
There will be no practice or qualifying for the Homestead race. If there are more than 40 teams entered, the 4 spots available for open teams will be earned by the two teams highest in 2021 owner point and the two highest in 2020 owner points.
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #11-Denny Hamlin chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #22-Joey Logano took the fourth stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(2-24-2021)
#11-Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for the Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#22-Logano will start second, followed by #20-Bell, #4-Harvick, #1-Busch, #34-McDowell, #2-Keselowski, #37-Preece, #19-Truex, Jr. and #41-Custer.
The lineup was set by the qualifying metric, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete starting order on the Dixie Vodka 400 Starting Lineup page.(2-24-2021)
The Entry List for the Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Davison, #53-Smithley, #77-Haley, #78-McLeod.
See the full entry list on the Dixie Vodka 400 Entry List page.
Weekend on-track schedule
Saturday, February 27
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
2:00 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
2:30 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
8:00 PM-10:00 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Sunday, February 28
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
8:30 AM-2:30 PM NCS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
8:30 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
3:10 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
3:15 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
3:30 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 80/160/267 LAPS = 400.5 MILES)
7:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT