Weather Forecast for 2021 NASCAR Cup Race at Homestead-Miami: Will Rain Play Spoilsport on Sunday?

Published 02/26/2021, 12:45 PM EST
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) leads the field during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR paddock remains on Florida soil. However, there is a change in venue as the paddock heads to the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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In the past few races at Daytona, there have been a few interruptions that led to stoppages due to weather. Luckily, the odd showers usually cleared up quickly and normal service resumed.

Since everyone is still in Florida, there is a risk of an occasional soak. However, reports suggest that conditions will be cloudy on Friday. Meanwhile, the skies will be clear on Saturday, and back to sunny with a few clouds for Sunday’s Cup Series race.

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While it is great that the rain gods are predicted to stay away, anything can happen in the next 72 hours. The Cup Series race is scheduled to begin at around 3.45 pm ET on Sunday.

What to expect from the NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami?

For this weekend’s race, Denny Hamlin lines up on pole. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be alongside Team Penske’s Joey Logano.

Of course, this does not mean that a win is guaranteed at the Dixie Vodka 400. The past few races have proven that pole position is not an indication of a win.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 16: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Hamlin desperately needs to get his championship challenge on track. Although he has yet to win a race, he finds himself leading the championship from Logano.

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With so many unknowns this season, as well as numerous challengers, the Dixie Vodka 400 could be fun to watch. It is also worth mentioning that many of the top contenders are scattered across the grid.

The last two races have produced first-time winners, are we in for some of the same the third time around? Or will the usual suspects try to break the mold?

Can Chase Elliott get his championship defense on track, or will another driver step up to the plate? There are so many questions that need answering, and the weather is still a major factor this weekend.

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