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Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Playoff Central for NASCAR this weekend.

Playoff races are scheduled in all three national series at the South Florida circuit, which hosted the Cup season finale from 2002 to 2019.

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The second race in the Cup Series Round 8 will take place on Sunday at 2:30 PM ET (NBC). The Xfinity Series playoff race will take place Saturday at 4:30 PM ET (USA Network), and the next final race of the Camping World Truck Series season will take place at 1 PM ET Saturday (FS1).

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The 1.5-mile course is a favorite of several Cup Series drivers and typically produces competitive races.

Joey Logano enters the weekend with a sigh of relief. He won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week and earned a spot in the Cup Championship Quad at Phoenix Speedway on November 6. The seven riders remaining in the last 8 will wrestle for the other three places at Homestead, and for those still looking. , October 30 at Martinsville Speedway.

20th winner out there?

The cup drivers are one win behind setting a pretty solid record. In five seasons, 19 different drivers won races: 1956, 1958, 1961, 2001 and this year.

A 20th winner with the remaining three races seems unlikely, but it’s true that some of the big names didn’t win this year.

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This list includes Ryan Blaney (a playoff driver), Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Michael McDowell and AJ Allmendinger.

Three of these drivers could see their season-winning streak come to an end. Keselowski has won at least one race in 11 consecutive seasons, while Truex (seven) and Blaney (five) have shorter streaks.

It is remarkable that 10 different drivers won the last 10 races and 7 different organizations won the last 7 races this season.

Will Ross be the boss?

While Ross Chastain hasn’t won a race since Talladega in April, it can be argued that he is the Sunday favourite.

Chastain’s record on the 1.5-mile track this season is excellent.

He finished runner-up three times in the 1.5-miles, has two stage wins and led 383 laps, most of all drivers on 1.5-mile circuits with 118 laps. He has an average finish of 6.4 on 1.5-mile circuits, is the best in more than three positions, and earned 79 more points than the second driver (William Byron) in the 1.5-mile circuit.

Chastain is second place to race in the playoff standings, plus 18 points to the cutoff line.

Kyle Busch fast at Kevin Harvick Homestead

The two non-playoff drivers – Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick – will be among Homestead’s favorites on Sunday.

Busch is a two-time Homestead winner in the last three weeks of a successful run with Joe Gibbs Racing, finishing in the top 10 for the last seven races on the track. He won 16 times on 1.5-mile tracks.

Harvick won at Homestead in 2014 and has an impressive overall record on the track with 12 top fives, 18 top 10s and an average of 7.3 finishes.

Input lists

Thirty-six teams take part in Sunday’s 400-mile Cup race. Non-regular drivers include AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson and Landon Cassill.

Homestead Cup entry list

Forty-one teams are on the roster for Saturday’s Xfinity race. The drivers involved are Julia Landauer and Nick Sanchez.

Homestead Xfinity entry list

There are 37 crews on the Camping World Truck Series entry list, including trucks from Ryan Preece and Parker Kligerman.

Homestead Truck entry list

This week’s schedule and forecast

(All times East)

Friday, October 21

Forecast: Partly cloudy. A light shower chance. 81 high.

4 – 16:30 — Truck practice

16:30 – 17:30 — Truck qualification

18:05 – 18:35 — Xfinity app (USA Network)

18:35 – 19:30 — Xfinity qualifiers (USA Network)

Saturday, October 22

Forecast: Mostly sunny. 83 high.

10:05 – 10:50 — Cup training (NBC Sports App, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

10:50 am – noon — Cup qualifiers (NBC Sports App, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

13:00 – Truck race (134 laps, 201 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

16:30 — Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, October 23

Forecast: Mostly sunny. 85 high.

14:30 – Cup race (267 laps, 400 miles; NBC, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)