Miami-Dade County

Traffic to the Keys will be tied up all weekend, thanks to NASCAR

Three NASCAR racing series are wrapping up in South Florida and traffic in southern Miami-Dade is expected to be congested all weekend.
Three NASCAR racing series are wrapping up in South Florida and traffic in southern Miami-Dade is expected to be congested all weekend. cjuste@miamiherald.com

The NASCAR season is wrapping up in South Florida this weekend and whether you’re interested in the cars speeding around the Homestead Miami Speedway or not, you may be spending a lot of time in your own vehicle if you’re headed south.

Traffic in southern Miami-Dade is expected to be congested all weekend as the Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series all culminate at 1 Speedway Boulevard.

Drivers can expect delays as they head south on Florida’s Turnpike toward the speedway and along most roads as they exit US-1.

City officials in Homestead expect heavy traffic at night on Friday, and most of the day Saturday and Sunday.

The speedway’s website recommends arriving early and parking lots open at 6 a.m.

Here are the roads where drivers can expect the most traffic:

THE TURNPIKE

▪ Speedway Boulevard from Southwest 280th to 344th streets

▪ Southwest 142nd Avenue from 312th to 344th streets

▪ Kingman Road from 312th to 344th streets

▪ Farm Life School Road from 344th to 312th streets

▪ Campbell Drive from US-1 to Speedway Boulevard

▪ Canal Drive from US-1 to Southwest 117th Avenue

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

Ford Championship Weekend

What: Season finales for NASCAR’s three racing series — the Monster Energy Cup, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series.

Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead

When: Friday-Sunday. The weekend’s showcase event is Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Championship 4 showdown in the Ford EcoBoost 400 between Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.

Tickets: 866-409-RACE (7223) or go to HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com

Schedule

Friday: Gates open 8:30 a.m., practices, fan events all day. 6:15 p.m. Monster Energy Cup qualifying; 8 p.m. Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (televised on FS1).

Saturday: Gates open 9:30 a.m., fan events all day. Monster Energy Cup final practice. 3:30 pm. Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 (NBCSN).

Sunday: Gates open 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race (NBC).

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