NASCAR’s Cup Series continues on Sunday afternoon after a couple of races at Daytona. Here’s a complete preview of the next event, the Dixie Vodka 400, with our NASCAR betting picks.
NASCAR Cup Series: Dixie Vodka 400
Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 3:30 P.M. ET at Homestead-Miami Speedway
The top sportsbooks have already released their betting odds for the NASCAR Cup Series’ next event. On Sunday, drivers will reconvene in NASCAR’s southernmost venue for the Dixie Vodka 400. Get ready to bet on the race by knowing everything you need to about the event and about which drivers are most likely to succeed.
The Dixie Vodka is so-called because, in completing 267 laps, drivers will have accumulated 400.5 miles. There are three stages for this event. The first stage requires 80 laps. Likewise, the second stage consists of 80 laps. Lastly, the final stage requires 107 laps.
Like last week, we have a published entry list for this event. There are 38 drivers listed on the entry list, and all of those drivers will compete in the event. The starting lineup has just been released.
Some changes have been made over time to the track to facilitate a safer racing experience, devoid of the fatal crashes that have taken place in previous renditions.
Homestead’s racetrack remains 1.5 miles long. The turns enjoy a moderate degree of banking, progressively measuring at 18 and then 20 degrees. One aspect that has hindered drivers’ ability to pass is the narrow turns. Though its turns have been widened, Homestead’s racing experience has rather been characterized by side-by-side driving.
Given the narrowness of the course, knowing the starting order is a bit more important than it was last week. But more important than knowing the starting order is knowing that the driver you invest in is part of a good racing team. A good racing team is especially necessary here because of the notoriously abrasive quality of the track’s racing surface. This is not your normal sort of asphalt material.
This abrasiveness eats away and erodes a driver’s tires. A driver will then need to make a pit stop in order to replace those tires with fresher ones. Having fresher tires certainly makes a difference in their competitive chances.
To be fair, the racing surface should be better than it was last year. Last year, the Dixie Vodka 400 had to take place during the summer, where the racing surface was exposed to the hot Florida sunshine. Even though this event will take place when it should, pay extra attention to the racing team when placing your best bets.
Drivers To Avoid
One driver to avoid investing in is Kyle Busch. After a hot start to the regular season, he has cooled off considerably, most recently placing 35th. Homestead’s racing track also presents one of his least favorite events to participate in. Busch’s average finishing position here is 15.69, largely due to the number of times that he has failed to finish in the top 10.
Like Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman is seeing plenty of respect from the betting sites. But Bowman, too, is somebody you should avoid investing in because he lacks any sort of positive history at this race track. Bowman has competed in Homestead six times. In five of six tries, he failed to finish top-15. In the one exception, he finished ninth.
Considering Martin Truex Jr. & Denny Hamlin
Based on average finishing position and driver rating, Truex Jr. is regularly one of NASCAR’s better performers at this track. Note, however, the following limitation: Truex Jr. has only finished strongly when he enjoyed a positive starting position. For example, in his one win at this track, he started in second place.
Denny Hamlin has accumulated a solid driver rating here in recent times. He has more career wins in Homestead than any other driver. But winning at Homestead consecutive times is rare — it last happened in 2006. In addition to the fact that Hamlin won last year, the fact that he is very hit-or-miss at this track should deter you from investing in him. It is too risky.
Last year’s summer rendition of this event notwithstanding, Kevin Harvick has been a model of consistency in Homestead. Before last year, he had finished top-four in six consecutive tries. Harvick has proven that he can win in Homestead. He has also proven that he can make up for a very unfortunate starting position.
Once, for example, he finished in third place after starting in 28th. For the above reasons, bet on Harvick to win with your NASCAR Betting Picks.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.