2020 NASCAR Preview: Week 12 – Homestead

We’re at Homestead-Miami, and it’s NOT the end of the season!

Last race, Martin Truex Jr. took the checkers at Martinsville under the lights. We saw yet another driver have issues due to heat (and beyond) to the point of being removed from his car, and now we’re down to Miami in the heart of June. Will heat be a factor today, and how will the guys approach this track that has ONLY been run in the Cup Series in November?

Here’s what to look for:


Kyle Busch was our Winner to close out the 2019 season. This race has served as the season finale for years, and the way the rules have changed, it has taken a “winner-take-all” approach. The to the Homestead victor went the spoils in the form of the Championship.


Kevin Harvick has the best average finish here (4.6) over the last ten races. They’re all Top 10s, and his last six races are all Top 4s. Incredible!


Denny Hamlin has drawn the Pole for today’s race, one that he last won back in 2013. Not that it is something to complain about under normal circumstances, but his last five races have ranged from 9th to 12th. Again, not bad, but when you need to WIN in order to Win the Championship (see above), you’d hope your track program was a bit better. Let’s see how today goes.


Joey Logano will start alongside Hamlin, and he, too, has previously won here. In fact, Joey Logano was our 2018 winner and Champion. He’s been in contention a few times this season and has spent a lot of time up front.


Matt Kenseth makes his first start here in a few years. He’s actually 2nd on the list of active drivers over the last ten races with a 7.4. He certainly isn’t the same Kenseth of yesteryear, but is he immune to winning? Absolutely not!

I’ve been making a slightly bigger deal out of the weekend races. The Wednesday races are AWESOME, I love to have that itch scratched mid-week, but getting a massive meal thrown together is tough on a short night. Today, we’ve got more time, and:


Cuban sandwich (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)


Cuban sandwich. Soak up all that texture, yum! (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)

Cuban Sandwiches! My gal Lisa did the tenderloin last night for five hours, and threw the rest of that action together today. Made it work without a panini press, and it is darn good. If you’ve been cooking along with us and you can’t figure out if you like this or the Auto Club Sandwich better, we’re in the same boat! They’re both ultra tasty. Yum!

BONUS, Hooters Wings!:


Hooters Wings (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)


Mason and Rob gearing up for the Dixie Vodka 400 with Hooters in hand! (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)

Oh yeah! We had bought some breading and Medium Hooters Sauce from Skip’s Meat Market a few weeks ago, and what better time to break it out than South Florida? In fact, the image below this shows each of the FOUR races that Homestead-Miami hosted (and will host soon) this weekend, one of which is the Hooters 250. We used an air fryer instead of the suggested vat of boiling vegetable oil, and they still came out pretty darn good. A double shot of goodness today, hooray!


Coverage of the race starts on FOX at 3:30pm, green flag scheduled for 3:56pm.

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