NASCAR Homestead-Miami Speedway: Fans In, Confederate Flags Out

This weekend, the destination of the NASCAR Cup Series is Miami, Florida, where Dixie Vodka 400 will be driven on Sunday. The racetrack is Homestead-Miami Speedway where this race was supposed to take place in March according to the original schedule. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the NASCAR Homestead-Miami Speedway race was rescheduled.

  • Competition: 2020 NASCAR Cup Series
  • Race: 2020 Dixie Vodka 400
  • Racetrack: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is slowly curbing down in the United States, but most states still insist on social distancing. As a result of these measures, there will be no fans in the stands when major team sports return. For instance, once the NBA resumes in Disney World, no supporters will be permitted in the venues.

The same is not the case with NASCAR, which will allow about 1,000 spectators at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Obviously, this is a significant reduction in the number of fans, as this racetrack can host up to 45,000 people.

That’s not the only change we will see in NASCAR this weekend. The event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the first in NASCAR’s history to banish Confederate flags.

No Confederate Flags in NASCAR Anymore

NASCAR decided to ban Confederate flags after African American driver Bubba Wallace spoke out about this issue. On Monday night, Wallace told CNN about the discomfort he felt seeing Confederate flags around, which he sees as a symbol of racism in the United States.

No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with Confederate flags.

Wallace told CNN on Monday.

Not everyone, however, agrees that the Confederate flag is a racist symbol. Wallace’s fellow NASCAR driver Ray Ciccarelli has announced he’s quitting NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series because of this. According to him, NASCAR’s decision to banish the flags is a mistake, insisting that he’s motivation to quit the organization has nothing to do with racism, but free speech.

1,000 Fans Allowed at NASCAR Homestead-Miami Speedway

The ban on Confederate flags is one of several reasons why this NASCAR weekend is going to be remembered. Another reason is the fact that some new regulations will come into action. For instance, fans will attend the event, albeit not in large numbers.

The attendance ceiling at NASCAR Homestead-Miami Speedway is set at 1,000 guests. The organization sent special invitations to those guests to attend the event. Among those 1,000 spectators are going to be military members and their families.

NASCAR 2020 Dixie Vodka 400 Betting Odds

Arguably the most interesting race this weekend at NASCAR Homestead-Miami Speedway is the one driven as a part of Cup Series. On Sunday, the eyes of American petrol heads will be set on the Dixie Vodka 400 race.

Top online bookmakers have released the betting odds for this race, which suggest that we are going to see a real battle for the first place.

Take a look at the odds provided by MyBookie.ag:

  • Martin Truex Jr. (+550)
  • Chase Elliott (+550)
  • Kevin Harvick (+550)
  • Kyle Busch (+600)
  • Brad Keselowski (+650)
  • Joey Logano (+700)
  • Denny Hamlin (+900)
  • Jimmie Johnson (+1200)
  • Ryan Blaney (+1200)
  • Alex Bowman (+1400)
  • Kurt Busch (+2000)
  • William Byron (+3300)
  • Erik Jones (+4000)
  • Clint Bowyer (+5000)
  • Matt DiBenedetto (+6000)
  • Aric Almirola (+8000)
  • Tyler Reddick (+12500)
  • Ryan Newman (+12500)
  • Austin Dillon (+25000)
  • Darrel Wallace Jr. (+50000)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+50000)
  • Chris Buescher (+50000)
  • Cole Custer (+500000)
  • TY Dillon (+100000)
  • Ryan Preece (+150000)
  • John Hunter Nemechek (+150000)
  • Corey Lajoie (+200000)
  • Michael McDowell (+300000)

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