Dixie Vodka 400
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' Monster Energy 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). Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the event, having won the race and 2019 Cup championship.
|Location||Homestead, Florida, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||Dixie Vodka|
|Distance||400.5 miles (644.542 km)|
Stages 1/2: 80 each
Final stage: 107
|Previous names||Pennzoil 400 (1999–2000)|
Pennzoil Freedom 400 (2001)
Ford 400 (2002–2011)
Ford EcoBoost 400 (2012-2019)
|Most wins (driver)||Greg Biffle|
Tony Stewart (3)
|Most wins (team)||Roush Fenway Racing|
Joe Gibbs Racing (7)
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Ford (8)|
|Length||1.5 mi (2.4 km)|
In 2020, the race will be held in mid-March, meaning it will no longer serve as a championship race as the Fall race at Phoenix Raceway will instead be the championship race and the race will be sponsored by Dixie Vodka making it the Dixie Vodka 400.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race distance||Race time||Average speed
|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|
- 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.
Multiple winners (drivers)Edit
|# of wins||Driver||Years won|
|3||Greg Biffle||2004, 2005, 2006|
|Tony Stewart||1999, 2000, 2011|
|2||Carl Edwards||2008, 2010|
|Denny Hamlin||2009, 2013|
|Kyle Busch||2015, 2019|
Multiple winners (teams)Edit
|# of wins||Team||Years won|
|7||Roush Fenway Racing||2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||1999, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2019|
|2||Stewart-Haas Racing||2011, 2014|
|Hendrick Motorsports||2012, 2016|
|# of wins||Manufacturer||Years won|
|8||Ford||2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2018|
|5||Chevrolet||2003, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016|
|Toyota||2009, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019|
- 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. Matt Kenseth went on to clinch his 1st championship, and was the final race with Winston sponsorship.
- 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. being 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 premiere 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.
NBC had televised the race from 1999 to 2006, and was the only race carried by the network for the first two years as TV contracts were negotiated on a track-by-track basis until the 2001 season. ABC televised the race from 2007 to 2009. From 2010-2014 ESPN, who was also a broadcasting partner with ABC, televised the race. The race returned to NBC in 2015. Fox will be broadcasting this race starting in 2020.
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