Dixie Vodka 400 Preview: Toyota Defends its Turf

Dixie Vodka 400 Preview: Toyota Defends its Turf

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This week we head to South Florida and return to Homestead-Miami Speedway for a 400-mile race on this challenging intermediate oval.  The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the 1.5-mile true oval with variable banking for the first time since last June's COVID makeup race at the track. 

Homestead-Miami Speedway's unique configuration, which includes relatively flat straightaways of 3 degrees and 20-degree variable banked turns, presents a challenge unlike any facility on the circuit.  This unique cookie cutter track will present a challenge after racing on the big oval and road course of Daytona recently.

For 21 years Homestead-Miami Speedway played host to the NASCAR Cup Series season finale.  It's been the climax of the NASCAR playoffs and where the Cup Series champion is crowned each season.  The sanctioning body shook up the schedule in 2020 and moved Homestead to an early season date.  With the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw Homestead's new date slip into the mid-summer of last season.  This year we finally get to race this 400-mile event in its true schedule slot.  We've never raced in late February at the South Florida oval, so there should be plenty of curve balls and surprises in store for the drivers and teams.  Like many of these rescheduled races with the lack of qualifying and practice laps, we're somewhat venturing into uncharted waters. 

Since we only come to Homestead-Miami Speedway once a year, we will need to rely on historical information to a great extent for this Sunday's race.  The usual

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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