Weather, Start Time, and More: All You Should Know Ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Homestead-Miami

Published 02/27/2021, 7:00 AM EST
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 04: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cessna/NTT Data Group Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Round 3 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is nearly upon us, as the drivers take to the Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. As announced earlier, Daniel Hemric will join pole-sitter Austin Cindric on the front row, as the former aims to get his first win of the season.

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The weather forecast looks absolutely promising for an evening of fantastic racing, with largely sunny skies and a 2% chance of rain predicted. The officials will wave the green flag for the race at 4:42 PM Eastern Time.

Cindric and co will be taking to the 1.5 mile-long track over 167 laps, meaning drivers will complete a normal race distance of 250.5 miles. Stage 1 will end at Lap 40 while Stage 2 would come to a close at Lap 80, with the racers fighting for the event win in the remaining 87 laps.

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Who are the drivers to watch out for ahead of the race?

Naturally, because of his pole position and past record, 2020 champion Cindric is one of the favorites. The 22-year-old has achieved Top 10 finishes in every Xfinity Series race that he has driven in at this particular location.

LEXINGTON, OHIO – AUGUST 10: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 PPG Ford, wins the pole award at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Harrison Burton also has a special liking for the short track, where he won the first race of last year’s doubleheader at Homestead-Miami. He has three consecutive top-10s at this venue, with decent finishes during his time in the Trucks Series as well.

Brett Moffitt and Ty Dillon will also prove to be dark horses in the clash. The latter especially has a good history, also notching three top-10 finishes in as many Xfinity Series appearances at this racetrack.

What happened the last time around in this edition of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race?

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Split across two races to complete a distance of 501 miles instead of one 300-mile race, Burton took the initiative and won the first clash. It became his second victory of the season, in what was a brilliant run of races for the 20-year-old.

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 14: Chase Briscoe, Cooper Standard Ford F150 during qualifying for the Freds 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Motor Speedway in Talladega Alabama.(Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The now Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe won the following clash, with Brandon Jones challenging him until the end in the 177-miles race.

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NASCAR fans will then hope for an exciting race to come in the Xfinity Series, this time around as well. Expect a few familiar names to dominate the top-five positions in what should be an intriguing event to follow.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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