NASCAR at Homestead-Miami schedule, how to watch, stream, odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Another spot in the Championship 4 is on the line this weekend when the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Joey Logano locked up the first spot in the finale with his victory in Las Vegas last week, leaving seven playoff drivers left to fight for the final three bids.
With only two races left in the Round of 8, pressure is at its highest for the remaining contenders. The only way to guarantee your spot in the Championship 4 is to win one of the next two races.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead:
NASCAR Homestead-Miami entry list
There are 36 drivers on the entry list for Homestead. Since up to 40 cars can qualify for a race, all 36 teams will race on Sunday.
23XI Racing will have two substitute drivers this weekend – Ty Gibbs in the No. 23 for Kurt Busch (concussion) and John Hunter Nemechek in the No. 45 for Bubba Wallace, who was suspended after intentionally wrecking Kyle Larson last week. Alex Bowman will miss his fourth straight race after suffering a concussion, with Noah Gragson filling in again.
Here's the full list of participants:
What is the NASCAR Homestead race schedule?
The 36-car field will be split into two groups, and each group will get 15 minutes of practice on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 10:05 a.m. ET.
Two-round qualifying starts right after practice, around 10:50 a.m. ET. Each car will make a single lap, with the five fastest drivers in each group advancing to the final round. In the final round, the 10 drivers make a single lap and the pole is awarded to the fastest driver.
The Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 23.
What is the NASCAR TV schedule this weekend?
Saturday, Oct. 22 (streaming only)
Sunday, Oct. 23 (NBC and streaming)
NASCAR playoff standings 2022
There are just eight drivers left fighting for the 2022 championship, and four more will be eliminated after the upcoming races at Homestead and Martinsville. The four lowest drivers in points will be eliminated, but a win at either track means an automatic ticket to the Championship 4, regardless of points.
Logano, by virtue of his win at Las Vegas, is already locked into the final round. That leaves seven drivers competing for the final three spots.
Here’s a look at the playoff standings before the second of three races in the Round of 8:
Joey Logano, clinched
Ross Chastain, +18 points from 5th
Chase Elliott, +17 points from 5th
Denny Hamlin, +6 points from 5th
William Byron, -6 points from 4th
Chase Briscoe, -9 points from 4th
Ryan Blaney, -11 points from 4th
Christopher Bell, -23 points from 4th
Which drivers have won at Homestead-Miami?
Six of the 36 drivers racing Sunday have won at Homestead: Logano, Hamlin, Byron, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch.
Hamlin leads all active drivers in Homestead wins (3), while Busch has two. Harvick (2014), Truex (2017), Logano (2018), and Byron (2021) have one victory apiece.
Who is favored to win NASCAR this weekend?
Homestead hosted the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series season from 2002 through 2019. That means the best drivers typically run well, whereas the longshots rarely find victory lane at the 1.5-mile traditional oval.
Tyler Reddick has a 3.0 average finish at Homestead, albeit in just two starts (finishes of second and fourth). Among drivers with more experience in South Beach, Harvick (7.3 average finish in 21 starts), Elliott (9.0 in six starts), Truex (9.9 in 17 starts) and Hamlin (10.0 in 17 starts) each have a top-10 average finish.
Byron won the last race at Homestead in February of 2021, as the series hasn’t visited Miami in nearly 20 months.
Here are some of the odds to win at Homestead before practice and qualifying, courtesy of our betting partner, PointsBet:
Tyler Reddick, +725
Denny Hamlin, +775
Kyle Larson, +900
Joey Logano, +1000
Ryan Blaney, +1000
Ross Chastain, +1000
Chase Elliott, +1200
Christopher Bell, +1200
Martin Truex Jr., +1200
William Byron, +1300
Kyle Busch, +1300
Kevin Harvick, +1800
Chase Briscoe, +3000
Noah Gragson, +3000
Daniel Suarez, +3500
Austin Cindric, +4000
Erik Jones, +6000
Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.