AUTO RACING: NASCAR drives to the homestead

All Times Eastern NASCAR CUP SERIES Dixie Vodka 400 Location: Homestead, Florida Schedule: Sunday, Race, 3:30 pm Course: Homestead-Miami Speedway …

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Dixie Vodka 400

Location: Homestead, Florida

Schedule: Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m.

Route: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Circuit: 267 laps, 400 miles

Last year: Chase Elliott won after the seventh start in mid-August.

Last race: Christopher Bell overtook Joey Logano with two laps on the Daytona Road Course and drove to his first victory in the Cup Series.

Fast facts: Denny Hamlin, the only rider to finish in the top five in both races in 2021, leads the points standings by 12 points over Logano, who was able to win each of the first two races but none Made money in. … Kevin Harvick is third, followed by Bell and reigning serial champion Chase Elliott. … Elliott led 45 laps of the circuit with a race high, but finished in 21st place. … Michael McDowell, who won the Daytona 500, finished eighth. This is only the third time the series has kicked off a season with two first-time winners.

Next Race: Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, March 7th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway



Candidate boats 250

Location: Homestead, Florida

Schedule: Saturday, race, 4:30 p.m.

Route: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Circuit: 167 laps, 250 miles

Last year: Harrison Burton won from pole position.

Final Race: Ty Gibbs became the sixth driver in history to win his first career start in the series. He took the lead on a restart in overtime and drove to a comfortable win on the Daytona Road Course.

Quick Facts: Gibbs, 18, and the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, was also the youngest driver to win the series on a street circuit. Austin Cindric was the youngest at age 20. … Cindric, the reigning series champion, is in the lead again after two races and is one of two drivers with two top 5 placements. Jeb Burton is the other and sixth on points. … Burton’s cousin Harrison Burton is second, already 24 points behind Cindric, followed by Daniel Hemric, Brandon Brown and Myatt Snyder.

Next race: Alsco Uniforms 300, March 6th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.



Final Race: Ben Rhodes took two wins in as many races this year, holding 2020 series champion Sheldon Creed back on Daytona’s street circuit via three overtime restarts.

Next race: Silver State 200, March 5th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.



Last race: Lewis Hamilton ended his sixth championship season in seven years, despite Max Verstappen holding back the Mercedes duo Hamilton and Valterri Bottas for his second win of the season.

Next race: Bahrain Grand Prix, March 28, Sakhir, Bahrain (season opener)



Final race: Scott Dixon won his sixth series championship and held Josef Newgarden back despite Newgarden’s fourth win of the season at Dixon.

Next race: April 18, Birmingham, Alabama (season opener)



Next event: AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, 11.-14. March, Gainesville, Florida.



Next event: March 5th (Barberville, Florida) and March 6th (Gibsonton, Florida).



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