For the first time in almost two decades, the annual NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is not the season finale. And while today’s race at Homestead is not running on its originally scheduled date, NASCAR was able to squeeze it back into the first half of its 2020 schedule.
The threat of rain in the Miami area based on the forecast could lead to some weather delays Sunday, but it also should alleviate temperatures on what otherwise might be a brutally hot day for drivers for the second straight week.
Kevin Harvick won that race last week at a similar, 1.5 mile intermediate track, which is part of the reason he is among the favorites to win Sunday’s race at Homestead. Martin Truex Jr., who won the mid-week race at Martinsville a few days ago and tends to run well at Homestead, also is among the favorites.
The results of Sunday’s race at Homestead will have their typical impact on the NASCAR Cup Series points standings, but they also will set the order of pit stall selection for next week’s race at Talladega without qualifying.
We’re tracking live race updates and highlights as Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway plays out. Follow along below.
NASCAR at Homestead: Live race updates, highlights
(The green flag for Sunday’s race at Homestead is scheduled to wave at 3:56 p.m. ET.)
3:08 p.m. ET: Another weather update. Storms are sprinkled throughout South Florida, but nothing yet over the track.
2:32 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead, which started at noon ET as part of a doubleheader with the Cup Series race.
12:50 p.m. ET: Quin Houff’s 00 car fails pre-race inspection twice. He will be forced to start the race from the back of the field.
11:21 a.m. ET: Brian Neudorff, a meteorologist who provides weather info for NASCAR races, predicts there is a 65 percent chance the Homestead race will run on schedule.