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: Looking back at Cup winners this year (video)

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The NASCAR Cup Series is through 19 racers. There are 17 more races to be contested, including seven before the Cup playoffs.

It’s been a rough time for many and a successful time for a select few.

There’s still plenty of racing to go. Who will see their name added to the list of winners in 2017 and, more importantly, who still wins a race to make it in the playoffs?

Check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Can Team Penske get back on track in Indianapolis? (video)

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Roger Penske is used to winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He owns a record 16 Indy 500 victories there.

But Penske still has yet to win a Brickyard 400 at IMS. While in other years, Team Penske’s chances may have been stronger, coming into the 2017 Brickyard 400 is a whole other ballgame.

Joey Logano has struggled terribly in the last 10 races. Since winning at Richmond (which was eventually encumbered due to a post-race inspection penalty), Logano has had seven finishes of 21st through 37th. He’s also dropped from fifth to 13th in the standings.

Teammate Brad Keselowski has had his own struggles, dropping from third to eighth in the standings.

The biggest problem that seems to be impacting Team Penske is a lack of speed, more so on Logano’s car, but an issue nonetheless for both cars.

Can Team Penske snap out of its funk and find the speed it’s been missing Sunday, and potentially give Captain Penske his first NASCAR Cup win at the track that means so much to him?

Check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Kyle Busch needs to be aware of Martin Truex Jr. at Brickyard (video)

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Kyle Busch is well aware of his wins drought, not having won in his last 36 Cup starts.

But he also gains confidence and optimism from having won the last two Brickyard 400s.

So how will that impact the weekend?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Dale Jarrett said Indy “plays into Busch’s hand,” but also to look out for Martin Truex Jr.

Check out the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: Significance of winning at Indianapolis (video)

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On Friday’s edition of NASCAR America, two-time Brickyard 400 winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Brickyard-winning crew chief Slugger Labbe, who led Paul Menard to a Brickyard 400 win, both discussed the importance of winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — as well as how to do it.

Check out the video above.