Racing returns to south Florida with four races over the next two days beginning with the Xfinity Series and the Hooter’s 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  One of NASCAR’s favourite drivers also returns for his lone start of the 2020 racing season – Dale Earnhardt Jr will drive the number eight JR Motorsports car.

With a threat of a typical afternoon shower, NASCAR speeds up the opening ceremonies to get the race underway and beat the rain.

After the field was set with a random draw, the youngest driver in the field, Harrison Burton will sit on the pole and bring the field down for the green flag start of the race.

On a hot Saturday afternoon – 85 degrees and humid – stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 87 laps for a total of 167 laps around the mile and a half track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr will start the race in 12th place.

After a delay for debris on the track, Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane but it was Noah Gragson who gets out in front for the lead.

During pace laps, the debris was lead spacers from Chase Briscoe’s car.  Briscoe had to bring his car down pit road to determine the issue and make any repairs.

Lap three, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.  Dale Jr is in 10th place.

Lap 5, Noah Gragson has the lead with Ross Chastain a third of a second back; Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.  Tommy Joe Martins is off the track.  Chase Briscoe enters the race four laps down.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Lap 10, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race.

Lap 15, Noah Gragson has the lead but is getting a challenge from “The Melon Man” Ross Chastain; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five with Dale Earnhardt Jr in seventh place.

Lap 18, Running the high line, Noah Gragson leads the way with Ross Chastain in second; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five with Dale Jr in seventh.

NASCAR puts out the competition caution at the end of laps 20.  Teams have the option of coming down pit road.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 but it is Ross Chastain who jumps out in front for the lead from the outside lane.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 26, Ross Chastain is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Brandon Jones round out the top five with Dale Jr inn sixth.

Lap 28, Ryan Sieg gets around Ross Chastain for the lead; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson and Alex Labbe round out the top five.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Ryan Sieg has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Ross Chastain; Noah Gragson, Alex Labbe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 33, Ryan Sieg leads the way with Ross Chastain in second; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Alex Labbe round out the top five.  Rim riding, Dale Earnhardt Jr is in sixth place.

A few drivers came down pit road during the caution and are now moving up in the field.

Timmy Hill had an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop.

With four laps remaining in the stage, Ryan Sieg has pulled out to a lead of nearly three and a half seconds on Ross Chastain.

Cody Vanderwal brings out the caution flag on lap 38 with a heavily smoking car and a possible blown engine.

Ryan Sieg wins stage one for his first stage win of the season and the second of his career.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Sieg
Ross Chastain
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Alex Labbe
Kyle Weatherman
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Joe Graf Jr

\Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road.

Timmy Hill’s team had another uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Taking the outside lane, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 45 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 47, Ross Chastain takes the lead while Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson battling for second; Dale Jr, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

Lap 50, Austin Cindric leads the race as Ross Chastain and Noah Gragson continue to battle it out and swap back and forth in second.

Lap 52, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Noah Gragson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

Lap 54, Ryan Sieg and the boss man Dale Jr battle for third.

Lap 55, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a  on Ross Chastain; Dale Jr, Noah Gragson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when Vinnie Miller and Brett Moffitt get into a wreck.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 63 but it is Ross Chastain who initially gets out in front for the lead.  Chastain and Cindric battle back and forth for the lead with Chastin getting out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second and Dale Jr in third; Noah Gragson and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 69, Ross Chastain has the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Dale Jr, Noah Gragson, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 72, Noah Gragson gets around Ross Chastain for the lead; Dale Jr moves into third.

Lap 74, Ross Chastain and Dale Earnhardt Jr battle for the second spot and have swapped it back and forth over the past few laps.

Lap 75, the top five is Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, Dale Jr, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones.

Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Dale Earnhardt Jr; Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 77, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a led of over a second on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Dale Jr, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Noah Gragson wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Sieg
Justin Allgaier

Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the race off of pit road with Ross Chastain coming out in second.

Austin Cindric overshot his pit stall and had to back up before the crew could work on the car.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 88 but it is Ross Chastain who jumps out in front for the lead.  Jr gets pushed back to fourth.

The top five are Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 93, Austin Cindric passes Ross Chastain on the inside lane to take the lead.

Lap 94, Ross Chastain retakes the lead as the two drivers battle back and forth.  Dale Jr passes Brandon Jones for third place.

Lap 98, there are 30 cars on the lead lap with four drivers out of the race.  Chase Briscoe is the only driver one lap down.

Lap 100, Ross Chastain has a narrow lead on  Austin Cindric but Cindric gets around Chastain for the lead.

Noah Gragson hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 101, Austin Cindric has the lead with Dale Jr in second; Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 103, Austin Cindric and Dale Earnhardt Jr battle for the lead with Jr taking the top spot briefly.

With 60 laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric has the lead with Noah Gragson in second; Dale Jr, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Noah Gragson passes Austin Cindric for the lead,  putting a slide job on Cindric.

The drivers cannot finish the race on a single fuel load and will have to make a pit stop.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 112, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Dale Earnhardt Jr, Harrison Burton, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lead Noah Gragson has encountered heavy traffic and is putting drivers a lap down.

Lap 114, Justin Allgaier comes down pit road with some damage to his car.

After starting the race six laps down, Chase Briscoe has put himself into the position to be back on the lead lap.

With 46 laps to go, Austin Cindric makes his green flag pit stop as the cycle of green flag pit stops begins.

Brandon Jones is the new leader.

With 43 to go, Ryan Sieg is the leader; Chase Briscoe is in third place on the lead lap.

Justin Haley had an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop and will have to serve a penalty.

Justin Allgaier has taken his car to he garage and is out of the race.

Ross Chastain had an uncontrolled tire on his pit stop.

Ryan Sieg has a lead of over 12 seconds but has yet to make his pit stop.

With 38 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Sieg has a lead of nearly nine seconds with only 10 cars on the lead lap.

On fresh tires, Noah Gragson passes Ryan Sieg for the lead.

Myatt Snider’s car begins smoking…right in front of the lead…after getting into the wall

With 28 laps to go, Noah Gragson has a two second lead on Dale Earnhardt Jr; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Twenty five to go, Noah Gragson has a two and a half second lead on Dale Earnhardt Jr; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five with just 10 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over five seconds on Dale Jr; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

“Driving it like he stole it”, Noah Gragson has a lead of over six seconds on Dale Jr with just eight cars on the lead lap.  With only 17 laps to go Chase Briscoe finally brings his car down pit road for service.

Sixteen laps to go and six cars on the lead lap with a seven second lead on Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Last week was the first Dash-4-Cash race.  Noah Gragson won the $100,000 prize.  He took the money and gave it to the members of his race team.

Twelve laps to go, Noah Gragson has a 10 second lead on Dale Earnhardt Jr with only six cars on the lead lap.

Leader Noah Gragson slaps the wall…again…and still holds on to his 10 plus second lead on Dale Jr.

Ten to go, Noah Gragson has run away with the race with a lead of over eleven seconds on Dale Jr; Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.  Michael Annett in sixth place is the only other driver on the lead lap.

Ryan Sieg brings out the caution flag with just seven laps remaining in the race after he spins out and makes an off road excursion.  Anthony Alfredo is the “lucky dog” in seventh place.

Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road with Harrison Burton out second and Dale Jr out third.

Brandon Jones was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the shootout finish with just two laps remaining in the race.  Gragson takes the inside lane with boss man Dale Earnhardt Jr behind him.  Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead but immediately has to battle Austin Cindric for the lead as the drivers get three wide.

In a three wide battle, Noah Gragson takes the white flag but Harrison Burton and Austin Cindric are also battling for the top spot.

And 19 year old Harrison Bruton wins the race for his first Homestead-Miami win for his second win of the season!

The unofficial results of the Hooter’s 250:
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindice
Noah Gragson
Anthony Alfredo
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Michael Annett
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
Riley Herbst
JJ Yeley
Jeremy Clements
Justin Haley
Brandon Brown
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Colby Howard
Jesse Little
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Josh Williams
Colin Garrett
Stefan Parsons
Timmy Hill
Bayley Currey
Alex Labbe
BJ McLeod
Matt Mills
Ryan Sieg
Caesar Bacarella
Chad Finchum
Tomm Joey Martins
Justin Allgaier
Kyle Weatherman
Vinnie Miller
Brett Moffitt
Stephen Leicht
Kody Vanderwal