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Christopher Bell’s Sunday Drive in Miami scores a Checker Flag at Homestead!

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Miami, Fla.  – October 22, 2023

The NASCAR Cup Series swung into the South Beaches of the Sunshine State Sunday, October 22, 2023, for the Dixie Vodka 400 hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 1.5-mile track of Homestead-Miami Speedway was set to host race two of three in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Championship Playoffs.

Dixie Vodka 400 – Recap:

Stage 1

Kyle Larson exchanged the lead with Keselowski. Keselowski was the latest victim of Larson, who overtook Brad’s top position sharpshooting the low line for advancement with 25 laps remaining in Stage 1.

Championship Points leader Kyle Larson added to his points tally by winning Stage 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Dixie Vodka 400 – Results:

Stage 1

1. Kyle Larson

2. Brad Keselowski

3. Ryan Blaney

4. William Byron

5. Martin Truex Jr

6. Denny Hamlin

7. Tyler Reddick

8. Austin Dillon

9. Christopher Bell

10. Ty Gibbs

Dixie Vodka 400 – Recap:

Stage 2

Kyle Larson repeated his track dominance within Stage 2 drafting Brad Keselowski.  Larson continued to have a 4 second safety barrier separating the lead with 40 laps to decide Stage 2.

Unfortunately for Kyle Larson, this buffer was tested, as track traffic played a vital role on Larson’s progression.

Playoff Contender Ryan Blaney dived into the Low Line to surpass Larson as Kyle defended his position with 5 circuits remaining in Stage 2.

Ryan Blaney returned to Championship Form winning Stage 2 Honors at South Beach.

Dixie Vodka 400 – Results:

Stage 1

1. Ryan Blaney

2. William Byron

3. Kyle Larson

4. Denny Hamlin

5. Brad Keselowski

6. Martin Truex Jr

7. Tyler Reddick

8. Ty Gibbs

9. Austin Dillon

10. Joey Logano

Dixie Vodka 400Recap:

Final Stage

After the smoke cleared from a non-contender’s collision with 50 laps to go, contributors Ross Chastain, JJ Yelley and John H. Nemechek invited the caution flag as takers vied for pit attention.

Christopher Bell made a hard charge for current leader Ryan Blaney.  Bell will reach the two front runners and choose the low line to sharpshoot to the lead with 35 laps to decide the victor.

A few laps later Martin Truex Jr’s Day ended thanks to engine failure while Denny Hamlin’s bad luck continues with car issues and another caution flag.

Both Championship Contenders were unable to get the positive finish needed to continue forward in the Playoff reign.

A final move with 16 Laps remaining cleared a path for Christopher Bell to gather William Byron and take the lead.

Christopher Bell’s Sunday South Beach drive was rewarded with a Checker flag and more importantly, Playoff momentum.

Dixie Vodka 400 – Results:

Final Stage

Pos | Driver

1. Christopher Bell

2. Ryan Blaney

3. Tyler Reddick

4. William Byron

5. AJ Allmendinger

6. Bubba Wallace

7. Ty Gibbs

8. Joey Logano

9. Aric Almirola

10. Austin Dillon

11. Kevin Harvick

12. Austin Cindric

13. Ryan Preece

14. Erik Jones

15. Chase Elliott

16. Daniel Suarez

17. Chase Briscoe

18. Kyle Busch

19. Alex Bowman

20. Corey LaJoie

21. Chris Buescher

22. Michael McDowell

23. Justin Haley

24. Ty Dillon

25. Todd Gilliland

26. Ryan Newman

27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr

28. Brad Keselowski

29. Martin Truex Jr

30. Denny Hamlin

31. Ross Chastain

32. John Hunter Nemechek

33. JJ Yeley

34. Kyle Larson

35. Josh Bilicki

36. Harrison Burton

NASCAR Cup Series Points Standings

       (After Dixie Vodka 400)


Pos | Driver | Wins | Points

1. Christopher Bell  /  1 Win

2. Kyle Larson  /  1 Win

3. William Byron  /  +30

4. Ryan Blaney  /  +10

— Championship Cutline —

5. Tyler Reddick  /  -10

6. Martin Truex Jr  /  -17

7. Denny Hamlin  /  -17

8. Chris Buescher  /  -43

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Old Dominion State for the Xfinity 500 hosted by Martinsville Speedway with Green Flag scheduled:

Sunday, Oct 29, 2023


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