Dash4Cash returns to Xfinity Series; Phoenix replaces Indianapolis

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The Dash4Cash format in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return for its ninth year in 2017 with some changes.

Begun in 2009, the Dash – where four drivers compete for $100,000 – will be contested at Phoenix (March 18), Bristol (April 22), Richmond (April 29) and Dover (June 3). Phoenix replaces Indianapolis on this year’s schedule.

One significant change to the format is the elimination of heat races.

The top two eligible Xfinity drivers in the first stage and the top two eligible Xfinity drivers in the second stage will race for the $100,000 prize in the final stage. Whichever one of the four finishes highest in the final stage wins the bonus.

Richmond, Phoenix and Bristol have announced details on their Dash4Cash races; information is forthcoming from Dover.

Here’s the details for each race:

PHOENIX

* Stage 1 will consist of 60 laps, where caution laps count. After the stage is complete, the top two Xfinity Series regulars become Dash 4 Cash eligible.

* Stage 2 will also be 60 laps, where caution laps count. After this stage, two more Xfinity Series regulars will become Dash 4 Cash eligible.

* The final stage is 80 laps, with the four Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers competing for the $100,000 bonus.

* The highest finishing driver among the four Dash4Cash eligible drivers will be awarded a $100,000 bonus.

RICHMOND

* Stage 1 will consist of 75 laps, where caution laps count. After the stage is complete, the top two Xfinity Series regulars become Dash4Cash eligible.

* Stage 2 will also be 75 laps, where caution laps count. After this stage, two more Xfinity Series regulars will become Dash4Cash eligible.

* The final stage is 100 laps, with the four Dash4Cash eligible drivers competing for the $100,000 bonus.

* The highest finishing driver among the four Dash4Cash eligible drivers will be awarded a $100,000 bonus.

BRISTOL

* Stage 1 will consist of 85 laps, where caution laps count. After the stage is complete, the top two Xfinity Series regulars become Dash4Cash eligible.

* Stage 2 will also be 85 laps, where caution laps count. After this stage, two more Xfinity Series regulars will become Dash4Cash eligible.

* The final stage is 130 laps, with the four Dash4Cash eligible drivers competing for the $100,000 bonus.

* The highest finishing driver in the final stage will be declared the Dash 4 Cash winner and earn a $100,000 prize.

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NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson’s patience propels him to victory lane in Food City 500

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Jimmie Johnson is known for his patience behind the wheel. Where other drivers may get too hot under the collar and over-react, Johnson is typically cool as a cucumber — and that’s helped lead him to many of his 82 career NASCAR Cup wins.

That patience once again played out in Johnson’s win Monday in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, only his second career triumph (and first in seven years) at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

On Monday’s NASCAR America, Greg Biffle and Kyle Petty discussed Johnson’s patience throughout Monday’s race.

 

 

Heavy foot on pit road foils Kyle Larson once again at Bristol

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Kyle Larson did everything he could to win Monday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

He led a race-high 203 laps in the 500-lap event, including dominating Stage 1, leading all 125 laps, as well as the first 77 laps in Stage 2.

But Larson, known for the heavy foot he has, saw that need for speed at the wrong time likely cost him the win.

When Erik Jones wrecked on Lap 422, Larson came to pit road and was too fast across two consecutive timing zones on the front straightaway en route to his pit stall.

“I was just pushing on pit road and messed up there,” Larson said after the race. “To start the race, I was the leader, I would run all my greens down pit road, and then once I fell back … down the straightaway I was running one red and flashed the second red real quick, and I guess that was all she wrote.”

NASCAR penalized Larson for speeding on pit road, dropping him to the back of the longest line, restarting in 20th place with 72 laps left in the race.

“Yeah, I knew I gave the race away there,” Larson said. “(I’m) disappointed in myself. I think I speed on pit road every single time I come to Bristol. So, I’ve got to clean that up.”

There’s that heavy foot admission once again.

Ironically, it was Larson’s first speeding penalty this season.

To his credit, Larson was able to quickly climb back up the grid, but couldn’t finish higher than sixth.

Still, Larson tried to a positive spin on things as he began to leave the track.

“I don’t know what more you could ask out of this place,” Larson said. “This is the best track we go to, most exciting place, and I love coming here.”

But he doesn’t like the way he came out of it once again, thanks to that darn heavy foot.

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NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett, Kelli Stavast recap Bristol driver performances

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After waiting out 28 straight hours of rain, Monday’s rescheduled Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway produced a rather exciting race.

The addition of adhesive to the lower grove at the track gave drivers additional grip that led to side-by-side and even three-wide racing.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Kelli Stavast discussed the top driver performances in Monday’s race.

 

 

NASCAR America: My Home Track: Maine’s Oxford Plains, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

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NASCAR America’s My Home Track series continued Monday as we visited Maine, otherwise known as the Pine Tree State.

Not only is it a great state for racing, including places like Oxford Plains and Beach Ridge Motor Speedway, Maine also lays claim to NBCSN’s own Steve Letarte, who paid homage to his home state in Monday’s edition of NASCAR America.