2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Homestead

For the second consecutive Saturday, NASCAR fans will be treated to a truck series race. This time, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This will be the first truck series race at Homestead since 2001 in which it does not take place in November. With the championship races taking place in Avondale, Arizona this year, Homestead races were pushed up to the spring. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that race was postponed and will now take place in June.

Last season, Austin Hill won the season finale, while Matt Crafton claimed the truck series championship. Crafton finished the highest of the four championship drivers with a second-place finish. Hill, in part due to his win at Homestead, finished fifth in the overall standings, the highest among non-championship drivers.

What Saturday night’s race will come down to is three drivers looking for redemption after a tough finish last week at the race in Atlanta. Grant Enfinger was able to pass Hill in overtime to claim his second victory of the season. Enfinger will start in the third position for Saturday’s race.

Hill is looking for a much-needed bounce-back victory after a brutal loss last weekend. With three laps to go, Hill had a lead greater than three seconds and was cruising toward victory. However, Cup Series driver Chase Elliott spun out and caused a caution to force overtime. Hill lost to Enfinger in overtime and looked dejected after the race.

“I’m sure when I go back and watch the race, I’m going to look at all the different things I could have done differently for that not to happen,” Hill said.

Hill will start in the lead.

As for the two Cup Series drivers competing, Elliott and Kyle Busch, they are hoping Saturday’s race goes much better than the race at Atlanta went. Busch won the first two stages and was appearing to capture his second truck series victory of the season. However, two consecutive penalties on pit road pushed him toward the middle of the pack and he could not catch up to the leaders.

Elliott also made crucial mistakes as he missed pit road when everyone was making green flag pit stops and that cost him vital seconds and track position. He then spun out to bring out the caution, which led to the finish in overtime.

Elliott and Busch finished 20th and 21st respectively. Busch will start in the second position and Elliott will start 16th. Busch is also looking to make it back-to-back victories at Homestead as he won the Cup Series championship at Homestead last November.

The Baptist Health 200 will take place Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. EST. You can catch the race on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/12/2020-05ngrots-lineup.pdf

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/06/11/goodyear-fast-facts-homestead-3/

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