NXS Gears Up For Homestead

Noah Gragson

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the Sunshine State for a double-header at Homestead-Miami Speedway after an action-packed race at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend.

Noah Gragson collected his second win of the season in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet last weekend at Atlanta. Gragson also won the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway to kick things off for the series.

His win at Atlanta also earned him the first installment of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program. Gragson won $100,000 and is eligible to win it again this weekend along with three other fulltime drivers in the series that qualified.

The double-header will begin on Saturday afternoon for the Hooters 250 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and the series will return to the track on Sunday for the Contender Boats 250 (12 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Sunday’s race will be the Dash 4 Cash race.

Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the season finale for all three NASCAR national series since 2002, but it was announced last season, the track was scheduled to race in March 2020. But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original date was postponed until this weekend.

Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted 25 NASCAR Xfinity Series races dating back to the inaugural event in 1995 (won by Dale Jarrett). The 28 Xfinity races have produced 20 different pole winners and 18 different race winners. Kyle Busch, Jeff Green, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Tyler Reddick are all tied with two poles at the track. Joe Nemechek leads the series in wins (three), Kyle Busch and Mark Martin have the most top fives (seven) and Matt Kenseth has the most top 10s (10) at the 1.5-mile track. Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins of any team at Homestead-Miami Speedway with four.

Homestead-Miami Speedway has a 1,760-foot frontstretch and backstretch with four degrees of banking on straights and 18-20 degrees of variable banking in the corners.

Both Xfinity Series races at Homestead this weekend with be 250.5 miles and 167 laps total. The first stage will end on Lap 40, the second stage will end on Lap 80 and the race will conclude on Lap 167.

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