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Everything you need to know for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead, the eighth playoff race of the 2022 campaign.
Where: Farm, Florida
Approximate start time: 2:30 p.m. ET | Weekend schedule
TV/Radio: NBC, NBC Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR radio | Full TV lineup
Provide: Sunny, with a high near 84 degrees, according to NOAA.gov | Weather tracking
Race distance: 267 rounds | 400.5 miles
Steps: 80 | 165 | 267
Pit road speed: 45 mph
Warning car speed: 55 mph
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First line: Byron takes first pole of 2022
Pit stops: where the drivers will stop on Sunday
Playoff grid: print yours now
Key things to watch out for 🔑
Great story line
Joey Logano earned the first ticket to Phoenix with his win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leaving seven contenders to battle for three spots in the two remaining races leading up to Championship 4. Only one driver will be able to fight their way into the points. , putting a bigger bounty on relieving that stress with a win this Sunday. Although it has been the site of many championship races in the past, the track’s February date in 2021 means there have been nearly two full seasons since Cup Series drivers raced the favorite 1.5 miles from South Florida. It will be important for drivers and teams in the playoffs to put in their best efforts of the season in practice and qualifying to avoid starting behind the 8 ball. There aren’t many points left that you can leave on the table.
Who fired? Who is not ?
Should make an early exit from the round of 16, Chasing Briscoe has proven himself to be a serious contender for the Cup Series championship. Briscoe is the only playoff driver with four consecutive top-10 finishes, doubling his total from the first 30 races of the season. A setback may be Briscoe’s lack of experience racing Cup Series drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making only one start at the track. But with a win at Miami in the Truck Series and Xfinity Series on his resume, don’t count out the talented young driver on Sunday as he aims to complete the Series One trifecta.
After posting an impressive top-10 streak early in the playoffs, William ByronThe speed of has decreased a bit and leaves him outside looking for points. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team finished 12th or worse at Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Roval and last week in Las Vegas. If the trend continues, Byron will see his title hopes quickly fade after other contenders pick up the pace. Luckily for Byron and company, he won at Homestead last year and scored crucial points in five of the track’s eight stages. Look for them to flip the switch this weekend.
Driving under the radar
Make no mistake, Tyler Reddick’s announcement of his move to 23XI Racing in 2023 hasn’t slowed down the #8 team one bit. Despite being knocked out of the playoffs, Reddick and the gang have been routine contenders almost every week, finishing eighth or better three times in the past four races. The focus will be on playoff drivers in the remaining part of the schedule, but if there’s anything to be said for a non-playoff driver, the rising star is surely at the top of the list. He finished second at Homestead in 2021.
Race day essentials ✅
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Catch the pack 💨
Read headlines from the week leading up to Sunday’s race.
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• Do it for Dale: North Carolina man buys 3 lottery tickets and wins big | Read more
• RFTC: Kyle Busch opens up about his relationship with Joe Gibbs | Read more
• Elliott’s objective: Chase Elliott keeps eyes on ‘ultimate prize’ | Read more
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• Bad weather: Spire taps LaJoie and Ty Dillon for 2023 lineup | Read more
• Humanitarian Award: Finalists announced, voting open now | Learn more, vote
• Partnership news: Chicago Street Race Announces New Partner | Read more
Get in on the action 💰
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• Fantastic preview: Top tips, top picks for Sunday’s race | Listen to advice
• PariMGM: Chase Elliott wins the most bets | Sunday Betting Outlook
• The Action Network: Bet Logano against Blaney | Overview of expert bets
• Play live: Complete NASCAR Fantasy Live 2022 Game Guide | New rules for the playoffs
• Go until the end : 2022 Cup Series Championship Odds | See them here
Moments from Miami 🏝
From championship crowns to regular season rumbles, Homestead has a rich racing history.
• Forward pace: Top 10 Lap Leaders at Homestead-Miami | See the full list
• Winner, winner: Homestead-Miami All-Time Winners | Who has the most?
• Last year: William Byron hosts a show in South Florida | Summary of races 2021
• Race rewind: Byron dominates Miami race late | Full Highlights
Fast facts ⏩
Hard-hitting, race-relevant stats from the experts at Racing Insights.
• There are only two former champions in the Round of 16, the fewest in playoff history.
• The last 10 races of 2022 have been won by 10 different drivers.
• Since the last race in Miami, there have been 66 races with 24 winning drivers in between.
• Chase Briscoe won in Miami in Xfinity (June 2020) and Trucks (November 2017).
• In the last two races, the winner of the previous week’s pole has won the race.
Say what? 🎙
Notable quotes from sports stars ahead of Sunday’s race.
• “For me, Homestead has been a great racetrack. That’s really how I started doing Cup races. I replaced Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010 and finished fourth after racing in front. It opened some people’s eyes. Sure enough, I got my first start in the Cup Series because of it. — Aric Almirola, #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver
• “As disappointing as Vegas has been, if anyone can pull it off it’s our No. 20 group. I expect to be extremely competitive again and I’m up for the challenge. — Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
• “I loved that we were able to test there. Everyone realized after about three or four laps that the top was the place to be. I was watching 10 or 12 riders racing and all the world was getting better at running the fence. The riders who tested there will be really good at running in the lead when we get back and I’m going to have my work cut out for sure. Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet