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Dixie Vodka 400 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After back-to-back weeks of racing at Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Cup Series teams head south this week for the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Known for the wear and tear it puts on tires, Homestead has a history of exciting races. After a pair of first-time winners went to victory lane in the first two races of the season, this weekend’s showdown at Homestead carries plenty of intrigues.

This article contains all of the vital information necessary to get you ready for the third race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Read on for the Dixie Vodka 400 start time, starting grid, fast facts and statistics.

Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway
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Dixie Vodka 400 Race Info

23rd Dixie Vodka 400
Date: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway — Homestead, FL
Coverage: FOX
Pole Sitter: Denny Hamlin
Defending Champion: Denny Hamlin

Dixie Vodka 400 Race Details

Distance: 400 miles
Laps: 267
Lap Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers)
Stages: Three (Laps 1-80; Laps 81-160; Laps 161-267)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

Dixie Vodka 400 Starting Grid

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
3Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
4William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
5Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
6Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
7Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
8Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
10Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingFord
11Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
12Chris Buescher22Roush Fenway RacingFord
13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
14Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
15Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
16Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers RacingFord
17Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
18Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
19Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway RacingFord
20Brad Keselowski2Team PenskeFord
21Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
22Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
23Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
24Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
25Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
26Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
27Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
28James Davison15Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
29Anthony Alfredo38Front Row MotorsportsFord
30Erik Jones43Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet
31Josh Billicki52Rick Ware RacingFord
32Quin Houff00StarCom RacingChevrolet
33Cody Ware51Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
34Justin Haley77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
35B.J. McLeod78Live Fast MotorsportsChevrolet
36Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
37Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware RacingFord
38Austin Cindric33Team PenskeFord

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Following the virus-caused interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula were used to determine starting lineups. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this weekend’s Dixie Vodka 400.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and seaosn-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula:

NASCAR Cup Series Metrics Formula Breakdown

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
Denny Hamlin Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series
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Dixie Vodka 400 Stats and NASCAR Betting Facts

  • Denny Hamlin notched his third win at Homestead-Miami in last year’s race.
  • Hamlin leads all active drivers and is tied with former NASCAR Cup Series drivers Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle for the most all-time wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing has won four of the last eight races at Homestead-Miami.
  • This will be just the second year of the race running under the Dixie Vodka title sponsor. Prior to last year, the race was known as the Ford EcoBoost 400 from 2012-2019 and simply the Ford 400 from 2002-2011.
  • This marks the earliest on the schedule that the NASCAR Cup Series has ever raced at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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