NASCAR’s stars battle it out in South Florida for the third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.
Today’s race at Homestead started off with polesitter Denny Hamlin needing to start at the rear. Alex Bowman, Corey LaJoie, and James Davison joined Hamlin at the rear due to unapproved adjustments. This meant Joey Logano would start P1 with Christopher Bell, last week’s winner beside him in P2. Stage 1 was a surprise to many, Chris Buescher came out of nowhere, moving his way through the top ten, eventually, side by side for the lead with Brad Keselowski. Buescher was able to bring the no.17 Fastenal Ford Mustang across the finish line first, winning stage 1.
Stage 2 was much like the first, long green flag runs showing who had the strongest car. Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., and William Byron ran upfront all throughout the stage. The second segment ended in a one-lap shootout, due to caution for fluid on the track from Corey LaJoie’s car. William Byron stole the stage win with help from the caution that took place with 7 laps to go.
Stage 3 was dominated by William Byron. The 23-year-old was able to capitalize from poor pit stops all race and bring his Chevrolet out front off of a restart. Byron led 102 laps tonight, his record before was 41 laps in one race. With 67 to go, Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney ran into trouble bringing out a caution. This allowed each team to come down pit road to grab new tires and fuel to finish tonight’s race. William Byron took off on the final restart, racing his way to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory.
NASCAR heads to Las Vegas next weekend, airing on Sunday, March, 7th at 3:30 p.m. CET.
The top 20 of the race:
|1||#24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||#8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|3||#19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||#5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||#4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||#34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports|
|7||#6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|8||#1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|9||#48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||#18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||#11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12||#3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|13||#47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|14||#9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|15||#99||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|16||#2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|17||#42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||#14||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|19||#17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
|20||#20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing|