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Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program begins this weekend at Phoenix Raceway

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The Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program is going to look different again this year as the four-race challenge begins this weekend in the DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway.

Phoenix is new to the four-race schedule, replacing Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After Phoenix, the Dash 4 Cash continues at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 22), Richmond International Raceway (April 29) and concludes at Dover International Speedway (June 2).

Gone is the heat race format from last season that helped determine the Xfinity Series regulars that would be eligible for the prize money. It is replaced by the stage race format that is present in all three of NASCAR’s national series.

Here is the rundown of how the Dash 4 Cash will run this season:

  • Full-time Xfinity Series drivers who have declared for points in the series will compete for four positions in Dash 4 Cash events, each awarding the winner $100,000. Cup drivers who have more than five full-time seasons of experience in NASCAR’s top series and scores points in that series is not eligible to enter Xfinity Dash 4 Cash events.
  • The top two eligible drivers in each of the first two stages will qualify for the Dash 4 Cash bonus round in the Final Stage (four total drivers).
  • The highest finisher among these four drivers wins the $100,000 prize and is one step closer to qualifying for the Xfinity Series playoffs.
  • Two Dash 4 Cash wins equal a race win in terms of eligibility for the playoffs.
  • This year, should one driver capture all four Dash 4 Cash awards, Xfinity will award the winner with an additional $600,000, bringing the total payout to $1 million. Drivers no longer need to win the final race outright to capture the bonus.

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Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.