The NASCAR Cup Series closes out three weeks of Florida racing with the Dixie Vodka 400 from Homestead Miami Speedway.

With only a few races this season setting the field by qualifying runs, the field for today’s race was set the by complicated format used by NASCAR that uses the previous race finish and points standings to set the field. 

Denny Hamlin won the pole but will have to move to the back of the field after his crew made unapproved adjustments to the car after the inspection process.  Alex Bowman and Corey LaJoie also must start the race from the back of the field for unapproved adjustments.  James Davison moves to the rear of the field after his car failed to pass inspection multiple times.

The tire carrier who was hit during a pit stop in Saturday’s race is sore but back at the track and ready to help crew the car.

The starting lineup for the Dixie Vodka 400:
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Cole Custer
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman – moved to the back of the field
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Aric Almirola
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Kyle Busch
Corey LaJoie – moved to the back of the field
Cody Ware
Anthony Alfredo
Garrett Smithley
James Davison – moved to the back of the field
Chase Briscoe
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Tyler Reddick
Josh Bilicki
Matt DiBenedetto
Quin Houff

Only six of the 38 racers in today’s race have won a race at Homestead Miami before; it sets the table for the third first time winner in a row to start the 2021 season.

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Joey Logano and Christopher Bell bring the field down for the green flag start of the race with Joey Logano getting out in front for the lead as the drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap two, the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Michael McDowell.

BJ McLeod makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap three, Denny Hamlin has already moved up to 21st place and Alex Bowman is in 27th after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap five, BJ McLeod is two laps down after coming down it road right after race start.

Lap six, Jeoy Logano leads the race, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap nine, Timmy Hill makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 10, Joey Logano has led every lap so far; Brad Kesellowski, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 13, Brad Keselowski is the new leader; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 16, Brad Keselowski ahs a lead of over a second on team mate Joey Logano; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five. 

Lap 19, there are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 21, at 23rd and 24th, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin have not been able to move up in the field after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap 22, Brad Keselowski has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Joey Logano; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Garrett Smithley is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Brad Keselowski winning the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the outside lane and battle with Kurt Busch for the lead as the two swap it back and forth with Keselowski taking the lead on lap 32.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Chris Buescher, and Kurt Busch.

Timmy Hill is off the track.

Lap 35, Brad Keselowski leads the race; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Chris Buescher round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that he car has no grip.  His crew chief reports that the track will come to them as the race moves from day into night under cloudy skies.

Lap 42, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race; Chris Buescher, William Byron, Joey Logano, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

While the race has started in the afternoon, it will finish under the lights.

Denny Hamlin is reporting some issues with his car including a cooling system failure.

Lap 47, Chris Buescher becomes the first non Penske driver to lead the race but, brad Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 50, Alex Bowman has entered the top 10 in eighth place after having to start the race from the back of the field for unapproved adjustments.

Brad Keselowski leads the race but Chris Buescher continues to challenge for the lead.

Lap 52, Chris Buescher passes Brad Keselowski for the lead; William Byron, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 58, the top five are Chris Buescher, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano with 31 cars on the lead lap. Timmy Hill is out of the race.

Lap 63, Chris Buescher has a lead of over three seconds on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 64 for James Davison’s smoking car.  Davison makes it to the garage.  IN the words of FOX Sports broadcaster Mike Joy, something expensive broke on Davison’s car.

Garrett Smithley is the “lucky dog” once again.

Denny Hamlin reports that he has made some in car repairs and the cooling system has been fixed.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Chris Buescher winning the race off of pit road.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the green flag restart with just eight laps remaining in stage one.  Drivers get three and four wide across the track as Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with Keselowski taking the top spot.

Alex Bowman’s car is smoking with a possible tire rub.

Six to go in stage one; Brad Keselowski leads the race; Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 76, Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski continue to battle for the lead; so far, Keselowski holds on to the lead by a tenth of a second.

Lap 78, Chris Buescher gets around Brad Keselowski for the lead; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Chris Buescher wins his first stage as a Cup Series driver.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chris Buescher winning the race off of pit road.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 from the inside lane.  Once again Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead while drivers get three wide through the field.  Chris Buescher takes the lead.

Lap 90, Chase Elliott is the new leader; Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has finally made it into the top 10 after having to start the race from the back of the field.

Lap 93, Chris Buescher passes Chase Elliott to retake the lead; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

James Davison and Timmy Hill are the only drivers out of the race with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 96, Chris Buescher leads the race; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Willian, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 100, Chris Buescher continues to lead the race by over a second and a half; Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 105, Chris Buescher has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. 

Lap 107, Kyle Larson has cut into Chris Buescher’s lead and the gap is now a second and a half; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 116, Chris Buescher’s lead is down to under a second and a half in front of Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.  There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Ryan Newman begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 121, Martin Truex gets around Chris Buescher to take the lead as green flag pit stops continue.

Right after taking the lead, Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road for service.  Bubba Wallace is the new leader.

Bubba Wallace makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 130, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chris Buescher, William Byron, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon.  There are 28 cars on the lead lap with two drivers out of the race.

Lap 132, Martin Truex Jr ahs a lead of over two seconds on Chris Buescher.

Lap 135, Chris Buescher has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under two seconds; William Byron, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Former Cup Series driver and current FOX Sports broadcaster Clint Bowyer noted that Ryan Newman is the hardest driver to pass on the track.

Twenty laps remain in stage two, Martin Truex Jr leads his first laps of the 2021 season; Chris Buescher, William Byron, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Fifteen laps to go in stage two, Martin Truex Jr holds his lead of over a second and a half on Chris Buescher; William Byron, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

It’s around 5:30pm eastern time and the sun begins its downward journey toward sunset.

Lap 149, Chris Buescher has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under a second and a half.

Seven laps remain in stage two and the caution flag comes out for Corey LaJoie’s badly smoking car.  LaJoie gets his car to the garage to become the third driver out of the race; joining Timmy Hill and James Davison.

Crews prepare for pit stops even though the end of the stage is only a few laps away.

Ryan Preece is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service en masse.  Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road, followed by Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the one lap green flag shootout to end stage two from the outside lane with Denny Hamlin alongside.  Martin Truex Jr gets out in front for the lead but is quickly challenged by Denny Hamlin.  William Byron comes from the inside to make it a three wide battle and takes the lead.

William Byron wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Chris Buescher
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski

Some drivers come down pit road for fresh tires, but the leaders stay out.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 99 laps remaining in the race.  With a push form team mate Kyle Larson, William Byron takes the lead as the drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap 169, the top five are William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.  Truex restarted the race in 17th place.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap with no drivers just one lap down.

Lap 172, William Byron ahs a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

With 91 laps to go, William Byron has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Larson gets around Denny Hamlin to take second place.

Lap 185, William Byron has increased his lead on Kyle Larson to nearly two seconds; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Eighty to go, William Byron’s lead is now a second and a half on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

There are 78 laps remaining in the race, William Byron has increased his lead to two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Seventy-five to go, Martin Truex Jr has cut into William Byron’s lead; Byron is less than two seconds out in front.

All through the race several drivers have been complaining of handling issues.

The caution flag comes out on lap 199 after Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola make contact; causing damage to both cars and leaving debris on the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road with Martin Truex Jr coming out second.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 60 laps remaining in the race.  Kyle Larson edges out Martin Truex Jr for the lead but Truex continues to battle for the lead and retakes the top spot.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, and Cole Custer.

With 58 laps to go, William Byron made it a three wide battle and takes the lead of the race with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kyle Larson in third.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as the laps wind down.

Fifty-five laps to go, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Cole Custer and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

After spending most of the race in the middle of the pack, Kyle Busch has entered the top 10 with 55 laps remaining in the race.

With 52 laps to go, William Byron has a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Cole Custer, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Fifty to go, William Byron has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Lars with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Kurt Busch is reporting a possible loose wheel.

With 46 laps to go, the lights are on and in full effect. William Byron continues to increase his lead and is now two seconds out in front of Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Cole Custer round out the top five.  Battling for position all day; Kevin Harvick, Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top 10.

Forty to go, William Byron has a two second lead on team mate Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Having reported a vibration, Kurt Busch gives up a top five spot to come down pit road with an increasing vibration issue.

With 38 laps to go, the top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Cole Custer, and Kevin Harvick.

Kurt Busch returns to the track in 28th place, the first car one lap down.

Thirty-five to go, William Byron holds on to a two second lead on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr is over three seconds back in third with Cole Custer and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Reports from pit road, the left front tire on Kurt Busch’s car was indeed loose.

Thirty to go, William Byron has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds. 

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski make green flag pit stops.

Lap 238, William Byron is over three seconds out in front of Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Michael McDowell’s team reports that he has a whole gallon of fuel to spare.

With 25 laps to go, Kurt Busch has unlapped himself and is the last car on the lead lap in 25th place.

William Byron is now four seconds out in front of Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr has caught up to Kyle Larson and is challenging for second; Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Twenty to go, William Byron continues to lead the race by over four seconds on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Eighteen to go, William Byron continues to increase his lead and is now over five seconds out in front; Kurt Busch has moved up to 20th place after having to make a pit stop for a loose wheel.

Fifteen to go, driving the wheels off of it, William Byron has a five second lead on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Twelve to go, already a lap down, Erik Jones makes an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.

Ten to go, William Byron is over five seconds ahead of Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Seven to go, Martin Truex Jr battles Kyle Larson for second.

Six to go, Tyler Reddick makes it a three way battle for second place; William Byron leads the race by nearly five seconds.

Five to go, the top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick.

Three to go, Tyler Reddick gets around Martin Truex Jr for third.

Tyler Reddick takes second from Kyle Larson.

With a four second lead, William Byron takes the white flag.

William Byron wins the race to become the third different winner of the season.

The unofficial results of the Dixie Vodka 400:
William Byorn
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Anthony Alfredo
Joey Logano
Justin Haley
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Garrett Smithley
Cody Ware
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
Corey LaJoie
James Davison
Timmy Hill