NASCAR Xfinity Series to use heat races in four events this year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. РFour NASCAR Xfinity races will have heat races this season, setting the starting lineup for the Dash 4 Cash events,  NASCAR announced Tuesday.

The four Dash 4 Cash races are Bristol Motor Speedway (April 16), Richmond International Raceway (April 23), Dover International Speedway (May 14) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23).

Qualifying will set which 40 cars make the race and divide the field into the two heats. Cars in odd-numbered spots will compete in one heat race and cars in even-numbered spots will be in the other heat race.

Each event will have two heat races. The top two Xfinity regulars in each heat will be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus that event.

The Richmond format will consist of two 35-lap heat races with a 15-minute break between the events. Caution laps will count in each heat. There will be a 20-minute break before the main event, which will be a 140-lap race. Last year, both Xfinity races at Richmond were 250 laps in length. The highest finishing driver eligible for the Dash 4 Cash will receive a $100,000 bonus.

The Bristol format will feature two 50-lap heat races with a brief break in between and a brief break before the 200-lap main event. Both Bristol races last year were scheduled for 300 laps.

The Dover format will feature two 40-lap heat races on the 1-mile oval with a brief break between races and before the main event. The feature will be 120 laps. Last year’s races there were 200 laps each.

The Indianapolis format will feature two 20-lap heat races on the 2.5-mile oval with a brief break in between races and then before the main event, which will be 60 laps. Last year’s race was 100 laps.