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Denny Hamlin captures the Dixie Vodka 400 at South Beach and etches his name as the 20th driver in Cup Series history to reach 40 Cup career wins.

HOMESTEAD, Fla.  – June 14, 2020

The NASCAR Cup Series cruised to the South Beaches of the Sunshine State on Sunday afternoon for the Dixie Vodka 400 hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway

Sunday’s race was the first that featured fans in the stands since the NASCAR Cup season schedule was delayed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

NASCAR opened the gates for race spectators for 1,000 fans, most of whom were military members from the nearby Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral. 

As Qualifying and Practice were dismissed, teams would random draw for Dixie Vodka 500 starting grid position. Denny Hamlin drafted the pole position and set the field to green.

Dixie Vodka 400   – Stage 1
Weather interposed upon the track after 5 laps recorded were completed.  Teams were called to evacuate cars until the storm passed.   Ligtning would follow later in event additionally placing teams into a 30 minute (red flag) interval until the weather pocket  located 10 miles from the track.

Hendrick Driver No-9 – Chase Elliott and Penske Racing No. 12 – Ryan Blaney battled and interchanged lead in the early circuit of Stage 1.

No. 22 – Joey Logano’s Penske Ford also exhibited a car of contention only to be erupted by an alteration on pit row with Star-Com Racing No. 00 – Quin Houff

Denny Hamlin would own Stage 1 and clearly displayed to be an early contender to recon with for the event trophy.

Dixie Vodka 400   – Stage 1 Results:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Tyler Reddick
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Aric Almirola
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Alex Bowman
  8. William Byron
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Chris Buescher

Ryan Blaney along with Chase Elliott alternated the point while battling for position early in Stage 2.

Mid-point Green-Flag pit service was utilized by the front runners to split the Stage 2 in half allowing teams to be in contention for the Stage win.

Denny Hamlin would additionally pit during Green-Flag Pit Stop.  As pit sequence rotated Denny Hamlin was shuffled back to the front only to dominate the final Stage 2 laps.

Dixie Vodka 400  –  Stage 2 Results:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. William Byron
  6. Alex Bowman
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Austin Dillion
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Aric Almirola

Dixie Vodka 400   – Stage 1

Chase Elliott’s strategy to take an early Green Flag pit Service mid-point on the Final Stage would be beneficial at the time.   Most of the field would pit a lap after Chase Elliot. Teams with better tires eventually overtake the No.9 Camaro advantage through off-set  pit circulation. 

With 29 Laps remaining Denny Hamlin would prevail as the lap leader, passing early race contender No. 22 Joey Logano while watching Chase Elliott fade in rear view mirror,

Hendrick’s No.8 Rookie Driver –Tyler Reddick who won the NASCAR Xfinity in 2019 checked off a 4th place finish. Flordia’s very own No. 10 – Aric Almirola finishes a season best top 5 position.

Denny Hamlin’s performance will be noted as the first Driver to sweep all Stages wins at a 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduled event.

Dixie Vodka 400   Final Stage Results

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Chase Elliott
3. Ryan Blaney
4. Tyler Reddick
5. Aric Almirola
6. Kyle Busch
7. Austin Dillon
8. Christopher Bell
9. William Byron
10. Brad Keselowski
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Bubba Wallace
14. Matt DiBenedetto
15. Michael McDowell
16. Jimmie Johnson
17. Kurt Busch
18. Alex Bowman
19. John Hunter Nemechek
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21. Erik Jones
22.) Cole Custer      23.) Chris Buescher      24.) Ryan Preece   25.) Matt Kenseth      26.) Kevin Harvick      27.) Joey Logano 28.) Ty Dillon      29.) Corey LaJoie      30.) Ryan Newman      31.) Daniel Suarez 32.) Brennan Poole   33.) Quin Houff 34.) Timmy Hill      35.) BJ McLeod      36.) Joey Gase  
37.) Josh Bilicki      38.) JJ Yeley    

No. 4 Stuart-Haas Driver – Kevin Harvick’s 26th finishing position still remains on top of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship point board,  standing a mere 8 points over Chase Elliott who occupies 2nd.     The NASCAR Cup Series moves to Talladega Alabama, Sunday June 21st  for the Geico 500   (3:00 p.m.  ET on Fox,  MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio)

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