Homestead-Miami Speedway Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer “Hallelujah! A clean day!” That was the immediate thought by Aric Almirola’s No. 10 pit crew as a clean yet frantic ending to their Dixie Vodka 400 resulted in a fifth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “Finally, woo! Thank you boys! Just a nice clean day. I appreciate that,” Almirola replied over the radio. The sigh of relief was a direct result of Almirola saving his tires, but trying to dodge lapped traffic and avoid letting the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Kyle Busch and Erik JonesRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service The race statistics will show that Denny Hamlin led a dominating 138 of the 267-laps in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 but the truth is he had to earn every fraction of a second that he paced the field. It was a thrilling chase for the checkered flag, lap-after-lap among the front-running cars. Hamlin ultimately took the lead for good – passing Chase Elliott with 29 laps remaining after a series of green flag pit stops swapped the two cars’ positions in front of theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Noah Gragson put the NASCAR Xfinity Series field on notice as the driver to beat during the weekend doubleheader at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but a disappointing turn of luck both days deprived the JR Motorsports standout the opportunity to be able to claim victory. A day after dominating the Hooters 250, in which he led 83 laps and seemed destined to end the race with a checkered flag in hand before a late caution changed everything and forced him to have to settle for a third-place result,Read More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Chase Briscoe delivered a clutch restart in double overtime to hold off a hard-charging Brandon Jones at the finish line and earn the victory in Sunday’s Contender Boats 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was a feel-good ending to a challenging weekend for Briscoe, who had to make up six laps in Saturday’s Xfinity race to score a seventh-place finish, and then had to race without his fulltime crew chief and car chief on Sunday as they served a penalty fromRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It might’ve not been an ideal race for Kaulig Racing, but all three entries finished in the top-six with fourth-place A.J. Allmendinger taking the spotlight once again following Sunday’s Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That’s because he was able to work his way from 38th place to score his second straight top-five. More importantly, winning the Dash 4 Cash which made him $100,000 richer and eligible for the bonus once again heading into next Saturday’s Unhinged 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. Allmendinger’s road towards the XfinityRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor For nearly two decades, Homestead-Miami Speedway has been intertwined with championship weekend, but for the first time since 2002, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to South Florida without a title on the line as it prepares for Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400. In addition to the different environment that the drivers will face on the variable banked 1.5-mile oval without the pomp and circumstance of championship weekend, they will also have to deal with a complete 180 when it comes to the weather and how the trackRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Once a year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dusts off the driving suit and helmet to climb behind the wheel of one of his JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaros, battling it out with the best the NASCAR Xfinity Series has to offer. This year’s venue for his one-off appearance on the track was Homestead-Miami Speedway and Saturday’s running of the Hooters 250. By the time the checkered flag flew, the series regulars certainly knew he was there as he came away with a fifth-place finish. Noting he was “nervousRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service It almost appeared that Kyle Busch having to start last – and going a lap down – in Saturday night’s Baptist Health 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was akin to the NASCAR Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series all-time winningest driver giving everyone a head-start. But even that challenge wasn’t enough to keep Busch from victory. He added to his record series win total – extending that mark of excellence to 58 trophies, taking the checkered flag 2.847-seconds ahead of Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, ChaseRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Sticker tires was the key ingredient for sophomore NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series racer Tyler Ankrum, who scored a runner-up finish in Saturday’s Baptist Health 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ankrum’s GMS Racing teammates had their nights altered due to crashes, specifically on Lap 21 when Chase Elliott, Brett Moffitt and Zane Smith were involved in a multi-truck crash in Turn 4. Elliott recovered, but Ankrum remained scot free throughout the 134-lap race. Spinning on the restart! @chaseelliott gets sent around and multiple contenders get collectedRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Harrison Burton prevailed in a three-wide, frantic push to the checkered flag to win Saturday’s Hooters 250 on a restart with only two laps remaining in the first event of a NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 19-year old series rookie Burton edged Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson by .379-seconds – leading only the final two laps on the day – to earn his second career victory of the season and become the track’s youngest series race winner. “I’m so excited,Read More