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Dixie Vodka 400

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Dixie Vodka 400
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NASCAR Cup Series
VenueHomestead-Miami Speedway
LocationHomestead, Florida, United States
Corporate sponsorDixie Vodka
First race1999
Distance400.5 miles (644.542 km)
Stages 1/2: 80 each
Final stage: 107
Previous namesPennzoil 400 (1999–2000)
Pennzoil Freedom 400 (2001)
Ford 400 (2002–2011)
Ford EcoBoost 400 (2012-2019)
Most wins (driver)Greg Biffle
(3) Tony Stewart
(3)Denny Hamlin (3)
Most wins (team)Joe Gibbs Racing (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Ford (8)
Circuit information
Length1.5 mi (2.4 km)

The Dixie Vodka 400 is a NASCAR Cup Series race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. The inaugural race was held in 1999 and was the final race in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2002 until 2019, as well as the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series' NASCAR Cup Series playoffs from 2004 to 2019. As the season finale, it was also part of the Ford Championship Weekend, which consisted of two other races, the Ford EcoBoost 200 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the Ford EcoBoost 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The race is contested over 267 laps, 400.5 miles (644.542 km). William Byron is the defending winner of the event.

In 2020, the race was moved to March after the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, meaning it no longer served as a championship race as the fall race at Phoenix Raceway took that slot.[1] In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race was postponed from the original March 15 date to June 14, 2020.

Past winners

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
Laps Miles (km)
Second 1.5 mile Layout (6 degree corner banking)
1999 November 14 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:51:14 140.335 Report
2000 November 12 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:08:30 127.480 Report
2001 November 11 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:24:36 117.449 Report
2002* November 17 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:26:20 116.462 Report
Current 1.5 mile Layout (18 to 20 degree progressive corner banking)
2003* November 16 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:25:37 116.868 Report
2004 November 21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 271* 406.5 (654.198) 3:50:55 105.623 Report
2005* November 20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford* 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:02:50 131.932 Report
2006 November 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 268* 402 (646.956) 3:12:23 125.375 Report
2007 November 18 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:02:12 131.888 Report
2008 November 16 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:05:36 129.472 Report
2009 November 22 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:06:18 126.986 Report
2010 November 21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:09:50 126.585 Report
2011 November 20 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:29:00 114.976 Report
2012 November 18 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:48:56 142.245 Report
2013 November 17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:03:52 130.693 Report
2014 November 16 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:16:31 122.28 Report
2015 November 22 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:02:23 131.755 Report
2016 November 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 268* 402 (646.956) 3:07:10 128.869 Report
2017 November 19 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:02:11 131.9 Report
2018 November 18 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford* 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:00:36 133.056 Report
2019 November 17 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:48:47 142.654 Report
2020 June 14* 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:08:06 127.751 Report
2021 February 28* 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:12:45 124.669 Report
The start of the 2009 race
The start of the 2009 race
  • 1999: Dale Jarrett clinched the championship with one race remaining by finishing 5th.
  • 1999: Flat layout race record time and average race speed.
  • 2000: Bobby Labonte clinched the championship with one race remaining by finishing 4th.
  • 2004, 2006, and 2016: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish.
  • 2005: First race run under the lights, after being installed during the summer. Ford's last win with the Taurus before switching to the Fusion in 2006
  • 2011: Tony Stewart becomes the only driver (so far) to win on both layouts.
  • 2016: Jimmie Johnson by winning the race wins his record-tying 7th championship.
  • 2018: Ford's last win with the Fusion as they switched to the Mustang in the Cup Series in 2019.
  • 2019: Current layout race record time and average race speed.
  • 2020: Race postponed from March 22 to June 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]
  • 2021: Race moved from February 21 to February 28 after the February 28 race at Auto Club Speedway was cancelled and replaced with Daytona Road Course on February 21.

Multiple winners (drivers)

# of wins Driver Years won
3 Greg Biffle 2004, 2005, 2006
Tony Stewart 1999, 2000, 2011
Denny Hamlin 2009, 2013, 2020
2 Carl Edwards 2008, 2010
Kyle Busch 2015, 2019

Multiple winners (teams)

# of wins Team Years won
8 Joe Gibbs Racing 1999, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2020
7 Roush Fenway Racing 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
3 Hendrick Motorsports 2012, 2016, 2021
2 Stewart-Haas Racing 2011, 2014

Manufacturer wins

# of wins Manufacturer Years won
8 Ford 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2018
6 Toyota 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
Chevrolet 2003, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2021
2 Pontiac 1999, 2000
1 Dodge 2001

Race summaries

  • 1999: Rookie Tony Stewart wins the inaugural event, and sets the record for most wins by a rookie in the modern era with his 3rd win, with Dale Jarrett clinching the 1999 Winston Cup Championship.
  • 2000: Stewart made it 2-for-2 as he won the race, with his teammate Bobby Labonte clinching the 2000 Winston Cup Championship.
  • 2001: Bill Elliott's 41st career win snapped his 226 race winless streak, the longest streak in between race wins, dating back to the 1994 Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington.
  • 2002: In the final race on the old configuration, Kurt Busch drove to his 4th win in a rain-delayed event, and Stewart won his 1st title.
  • 2003: In the first on a newly reconfigured track, Bobby Labonte's win was marked by a flat tire for leader Bill Elliott on the last lap. In the final race with Winston sponsorship, Labonte took what would become the final win in his Hall of Fame Career.
  • 2004: Fourteen cautions plagued the first race in which it was the final Chase event, and Greg Biffle held off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon in a Green-White-Checkered finish to win his first of three consecutive races, while his teammate Kurt Busch won the title by 8 points over Johnson.
  • 2005: In the first night race at the track, Greg Biffle dueled teammate Mark Martin over the final 7 laps to edge Martin for the win by 0.017 of a second. Roush ended up with a sweep of the Top 4 spots (Kenseth was 3rd and Edwards 4th), and Stewart won his 2nd title. Greg Biffle's win was his 6th win of the season and he and teammate Carl Edwards were tied for second with both of them 35 points behind Stewart, but Biffle got second thanks to his six wins vs. Edwards four.
  • 2006: Greg Biffle scores his third-consecutive win, and completes the hat-trick for Roush. Mark Martin won the Truck event, Kenseth won the Busch race, and then Biffle winning the Cup event. Jimmie Johnson scores his first of five consecutive Cup titles.
  • 2007: Last race with the fourth-generation car. Matt Kenseth leads 214 of the 267 laps to score the final win before the COT went full-time in 2008, while Johnson goes back to back. It was also the last race Cup series race under Nextel sponsorship.
  • 2008: Carl Edwards scored his 9th win of the season but came up 16 points short of Jimmie Johnson for the Cup title as he stressed his last tank of fuel to the finish, and Johnson tying Cale Yarborough's record of three-consecutive NASCAR Cup Series titles.
  • 2009: Denny Hamlin wins from the furthest back anyone has at the track from 38th to his first win at the track, and Jimmie Johnson scores his record-setting 4th consecutive Championship.
  • 2010: Denny Hamlin came in with a slim lead and lost it after an early race spin. Carl Edwards led a whopping 190 laps on his way to winning the final two races of the season, but Jimmie Johnson scored his inconceivable 5th consecutive Championship.
  • 2011: Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards finished first and second in the race and in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings, Stewart winning the latter due to a tiebreaker.
  • 2012: Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, his first Cup title, and giving Dodge a going away gift. Jeff Gordon won the race beating Clint Bowyer who both fought the week before at Phoenix after crashing on fuel mileage, his first win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leaving only Kentucky Speedway as the only track he failed to win at in his career. This was also Dodge's last race for the foreseeable future, as they stopped in the NASCAR Cup Series after 2012.
  • 2013: Denny Hamlin ended a miserable 2013 by winning for the second time at Homestead, and Jimmie Johnson scoring his 6th-career Cup title.
  • 2014: With the new Chase Grid format where the top 4 in points have a shot at the title, the race became known as the Championship Round race, and whoever finished the highest would win the Championship. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman were the ones who would have the shot at the title. At one point, all 4 drivers were running 1st–4th, but the race was dominated by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon, who led 160 laps. Due to pit strategy, and crazy restarts, Harvick found himself battling Newman in on a restart with 3 laps to go. Harvick and the #4 pulled off what his boss Tony Stewart did 3 years prior, a Stewart-Haas Racing driver winning both the race and the Championship, with Kevin Harvick becoming the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. Newman would finish second, Hamlin seventh, and Logano 16th due to the jack slipping on a late pit stop.
  • 2015: With Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Martin Truex Jr. are the 4 Chase drivers going for the title, for the second year in a row, and for the third time in the last five years, a driver won both the race and the championship. This time, it was Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch, who became the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion despite missing the first 11 races of the season due to an injury to his leg and foot that he suffered in a wreck during the first Xfinity Series race of the season at Daytona International Speedway, by holding off defending and 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick in a 7-lap shootout. Also, Jeff Gordon finished sixth in his final NASCAR Cup Series start before retiring from racing full-time and moving into the Fox NASCAR broadcast booth for the 2016 season, leading 9 laps early. Truex Jr. would wind up finishing 12th, with the Penske guys of Keselowski and Logano being the dominators of the race leading 86 and 72 laps respectively.
  • 2016: This race was the last one under the Sprint brand before Monster Energy would take over for 2017 and beyond. Not only that, it was the last race for Carl Edwards, three-time champion Tony Stewart, Brian Scott who had scored his best career finish of second, earlier in the Hellmann's 500 and Greg Biffle. Defending champion Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, and six-time champion (entering the day) Jimmie Johnson entered as the four who would compete for the title. Kyle Larson (who was eliminated in the Round of 16) dominated the day, leading 132 laps. On a restart within the final laps, Edwards attempted to block an advancing Logano, but hooked himself into Logano's bumper, sending him careening back into traffic and hard into the outside wall, with the car becoming airborne briefly. Then, Logano came up into his teammate Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr., with Truex's car catching fire. After a lengthy red flag for cleanup, another quick caution came out when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun coming onto the backstretch, despite NASCAR's best attempts to keep the race going. On an overtime finish, Johnson blasted by Larson and held off Logano to hoist his 7th crown (4th time in 6 years the champion won the finale race), tying him with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most all-time in NASCAR's premier division while Carl Edwards had seemingly raced his last race.
  • 2017: For the fourth time using the format, the Championship 4 drivers were Keselowski, Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. For the second straight year, Kyle Larson led the most laps (145) and won the first two stages (NASCAR's new stage format) at laps 80 and 160. A final green-flag run saw Truex Jr. and Busch running 1-2 riding up against the wall, with Truex Jr. winning the race over Busch and scoring his first Championship after leading 78 laps in the 78 car.
  • 2018: All throughout the season, three drivers dominated the races. They were Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. dubbed the BIG 3. All of them advanced to Homestead to compete for the title, with Joey Logano being the fourth driver and underdog to win the title. Truex Jr. looked like he was going to win it two years in a row in his final race for Furniture Row Motorsports (which was shutting down at the end of the season). A late-race caution with less than 20 laps left spoiled a race that was quiet, but was a break for Kyle Busch who was off sequence in a desperate move to keep his hopes alive. Logano's crew got him out second behind Busch, and on the restart zipped past Busch but not before Truex did. With 12 laps to go, he closed in and got around Truex Jr. with a power move on the outside to pull away to the win and his first Cup championship six years to the day his teammate Keselowski won his. Not only was it the fifth-straight year the driver won the race and title, but all four Championship 4 drivers swept the Top 4 finishing positions: Logano-1st, Truex Jr.-2nd, Harvick-3rd, and Kyle Busch-4th. Logano also led a race-high 80 laps to become the first driver to lead the most laps and win the race since Carl Edwards back in 2010.

See also


  1. ^ "Dixie Vodka to be Entitlement Sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway's 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Race". Homestead–Miami Speedway. November 13, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "NASCAR postpones Atlanta, Homestead races". ESPN. March 13, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.

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