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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Kyle Busch wins pole for Truck Series race at Atlanta

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Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his second Truck Series pole at the track.

Driving his No 4. Toyota, Busch put down a top speed of 179.743 mph.

Matt Crafton qualified second with a speed of 179.220 mph.

“My lap was pretty good, certainly felt more stuck (to the track) the first time around than the second time around,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “We even picked up a little bit of time on that second one. … We were really, really tight here last year and made some good changes to it through the offseason with notes and things and coming back here better prepared.”

The top five is completed by Noah Gragson (179.214), Spencer Davis (178.862) and Justin Haley (178.775).

Gragson and Davis give Kyle Busch Motorsports three of the first four starting spots.

Johnny Sauter, who won last week at Daytona, will start ninth.

Busch’s pole is his second of the weekend. He also won the pole for Sunday’s Cup Series race.

The Active Pest Control 200 begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

Click here for the starting lineup.

Christopher Bell on Xfinity pole at Atlanta

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HAMPTON, Georgia — Rookie Christopher Bell qualified first for Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 181.176-mph lap in his No. 20 Toyota.

it’s the second pole in 10 starts for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.

Joey Logano was second in his No. 22 Ford, followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer and Kevin Harvick.

Click here for the Xfinity Series qualifying results and click here for the Xfinity lineup by row.

The Xfinity race will start at 2:16 p.m. ET, starting a doubleheader with the truck series at Atlanta.

Sunday’s Atlanta race moved to 1:06 p.m. ET start with threat of weather

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HAMPTON, Georgia – The threat of inclement weather has moved up the start of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway by an hour.

NASCAR announced Saturday morning that the green flag will fall on the second race of the 2018 season at 1:06 p.m. ET.

Races become official after the second stage. The second stage of Sunday’s 500-mile race will end on Lap 170 of 325.

The wunderground.com site calls for an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday with the forecast worsening from 10 a.m.

Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson top list of drivers docked practice

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HAMPTON, Georgia — Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson both will be held during the final Cup Series practice Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Because his No. 78 Toyota failed to clear prequalifying inspection three times Friday, Truex will miss the final 30 minutes of the 80-minute session that will begin at noon ET. Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet will be out for the last 15 minutes because it failed the new Optical Scanning Station twice.

Harrison Rhodes also will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Gray Gaulding Jr., Michael McDowell and Cole Whitt each will miss 15 minutes because they were late to qualifying inspection.

NASCAR changed its policy on how practice holds will be conducted this season. Instead of serving the penalty in the pits at the start of the session, drivers will park their cars for the length of the penalty up until the end of the session.