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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