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Dash 4 Cash Heat Racing Debuts for NASCAR XFINITY Series at Bristol

Chase Berth and $1,000,000 on the Line in Four Dash 4 Cash Events

poses for a portrait during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Xfinity point leader Daniel Suarez

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2016) –The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take racing back to its roots with Heat races, beginning with the first of four Dash 4 Cash events Saturday, April 16, at Bristol Motor Speedway (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will each compete in one of two 50-lap Heat races for the chance to be eligible to win $100,000 in the 200-lap Main event. As in years past, the potential for a $1,000,000 total payout stands. New for this year, a driver who wins multiple Dash 4 Cash bonuses will earn a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided he/she remains eligible per the NASCAR rule book.

“Excitement for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash has reached a new level since the format change was announced in January,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “With potential NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase implications involved, we will see the intensity around these events ratcheted up.”

All Dash 4 Cash events are comprised of two Heats and a Main, and will take place when the NASCAR XFINITY Series visits Bristol Motor Speedway (April 16), Richmond International Raceway (April 23), Dover International Speedway (May 14) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23).

For these unique Dash 4 Cash events, traditional, single-car qualifying will determine the 40 eligible vehicles and starting positions for the two Heats, with the fastest qualifier receiving the Coors Light Pole Award. Odd-numbered qualifiers (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) will start in the first Heat in respective order, while even-numbered qualifiers (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) will start the second Heat in respective order.

The two Heats will set the starting positions for the Main, with the top two NASCAR XFINITY Series championship points-earning drivers in each Heat becoming eligible for the Dash 4 Cash

March 5 2016: Ryan Preece racing hard to attempt to keep from going a lap down to Kyle Busch during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ryan Preece. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

bonus. Of the four eligible Dash 4 Cash drivers, the highest-finishing driver in the Main will be awarded a $100,000 bonus.

“The new Dash 4 Cash format changes well-represent XFINITY’s goal to bring the best in entertainment to NASCAR fans by heightening the competition,” said Matt Lederer, executive director of sports marketing at Comcast. “Names are Made Here in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the Dash 4 Cash program provides an opportunity for these drivers to prove themselves on a national stage. XFINITY is changing the way fans experience NASCAR, and the shakeup in the competition for these races will create plenty of drama for them to see.”

Multiple Dash 4 Cash bonus wins will earn a driver a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided he/she remains eligible per the NASCAR rule book. In essence, multiple Dash 4 Cash bonus wins equal one race win for Chase eligibility. If a driver wins the first three Dash 4 Cash bonuses and wins the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway outright, that driver will also receive an additional $600,000 to bring the total Dash 4 Cash award to $1,000,000.

In order to be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus, drivers must have declared to earn NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

 

Austin Dillon saves fuel, wins XFINITY thriller at Fontana

Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

March 19, 2016
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

FONTANA, Calif. – Seconds after crossing the finish line .715 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon summed up Saturday’s TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen in one short sentence.

“I’d rather be lucky than good,” Dillon chortled on his team radio after ending evading Busch’s last-ditch attempt to pinch the winning No. 2 Chevrolet into the outside wall at Auto Club Speedway.

And that was just the final stanza of a crazy final lap that saw: 1) Busch slow to a crawl, short on fuel; 2) Daniel Suárez take the lead from his Joe Gibbs racing teammate on the backstretch, only to run out of fuel; 3) Busch regain the lead despite cutting a left front tire on his final lap; and 4) Dillon come from a half-lap down to pass Busch as the drivers approached the finish line.

Dillon led only one lap, but it was the lap that counted.

“Well, I just had to stay focused,” said Dillon, who did a masterful job of saving fuel in snapping Busch’s three-race winning streak. “(My team) said (Busch) had a flat. I was worried about our fuel and stayed focused on that the whole time.

“He tried to screw me right there at the end, but it didn’t work out for him, did it? I’m proud of these guys. Man, that was fun. I didn’t think we had a car to do that, and we didn’t, but we did what we had to do to win the race…

“Sometimes things just go your way, and today they definitely did.”

Busch, on the other hand, led 133 of the 150 laps and appeared destined to tie Sam Ard’s record of four victories in as many consecutive races. In fact, Joe Gibbs Racing seemed headed for its third straight 1-2-3 finish before Erik Jones ran out of fuel on the next-to-last lap, Daniel Suárez emptied his tank a lap later, and Busch cut his tire after taking the white flag.

The victory was Dillon’s first of the season, first at the two-mile track and seventh of his career.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished third, and Suárez limped across the finish line in fourth place, maintaining a 10-point lead over fifth-place finisher Elliott Sadler in the series standings. Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, Kyle Larson, Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier completed the top 10.

Second with two laps left, Jones came home 15th, one lap down.

during the NASCAR Xfinity Series TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 19, 2016 in Fontana, California.
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Xfinity Series TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 19, 2016 in Fontana, California. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

After pit stops under caution on Lap 101, Suárez came up a half-lap short of his elusive first victory.

“In the whole run we were saving fuel,” Suárez said. “I knew that we were one to one-and-a-half laps short. I was saving fuel. I wasn’t worrying about the 20 (Jones) or 18 (Busch). I was just trying to finish the race, because I knew that we were short. I knew that the 20 was a little bit shorter than us and eventually he ran out. When he ran out I started saving more because I knew that I had more fuel than him, but not a lot.

“I was just trying to save as much as I can. I passed the 18 when he blew the left front tire in (Turns) 1 and 2, and on the exit of 2 I ran out of fuel, and on the exit of four the 2 (Dillon) and the 18 passed me back. Very unfortunate, but it’s part of racing. I really think that our first victory is coming and hopefully we can get it very soon.”

The pole winner for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX), Dillon will try to complete a career-first weekend sweep in the Auto Club 400.

Note: Wallace’s car failed post-race Laser Inspection Station. NASCAR will determine next week if a penalty is warranted.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, California
Saturday, March 19, 2016

1. (6) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 150.
2. (3) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 150.
3. (13) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 150.
4. (1) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 150.
5. (5) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 150.
6. (17) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 150.
7. (15) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 150.
8. (4) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 150.
9. (14) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 150.
10. (20) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 150.
11. (16) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 150.
12. (8) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 150.
13. (9) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 149.
14. (10) Ryan Reed, Ford, 149.
15. (2) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 149.
16. (7) Jeb Burton, Ford, 149.
17. (12) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 149.
18. (32) Corey LaJoie, Toyota, 149.
19. (19) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 149.
20. (11) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 148.
21. (18) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 148.
22. (21) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 148.
23. (27) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 148.
24. (26) Spencer Gallagher(i), Chevrolet, 148.
25. (24) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 148.
26. (35) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 147.
27. (25) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 147.
28. (31) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 145.
29. (23) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 145.
30. (39) Todd Peck, Ford, 141.
31. (40) Cody Ware #, Chevrolet, 140.
32. (38) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 139.
33. (37) BJ McLeod #, Ford, Engine, 95.
34. (34) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Engine, 89.
35. (36) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, Engine, 84.
36. (22) Dylan Lupton, Chevrolet, Accident, 56.
37. (33) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, Accident, 44.
38. (29) David Starr, Toyota, Engine, 30.
39. (28) Josh Wise(i), Toyota, Vibration, 18.
40. (30) Matt DiBenedetto(i), Toyota, Brakes, 2.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  143.008 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 05 Mins, 52 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.714 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  4 for 16 laps.
Lead Changes:  12 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   D. Suarez 1-4; K. Busch(i) 5-11; J. Wise(i) 12; K. Busch(i) 13; K. Larson(i) 14; K. Busch(i) 15-32; B. Gaughan 33-34; K. Larson(i) 35-38; K. Busch(i) 39-73; A. Almirola(i) 74-76; R. Preece # 77; K. Busch(i) 78-149; A. Dillon(i) 150;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 5 times for 133 laps; K. Larson(i) 2 times for 5 laps; D. Suarez 1 time for 4 laps; A. Almirola(i) 1 time for 3 laps; B. Gaughan 1 time for 2 laps; R. Preece # 1 time for 1 lap; A. Dillon(i) 1 time for 1 lap; J. Wise(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: D. Suarez – 182; E. Sadler – 172; J. Allgaier – 163; B. Jones # – 161; T. Dillon – 159; B. Gaughan – 154; E. Jones # – 152; D. Wallace Jr. – 134; R. Reed – 133; B. Poole – 130.

Ryan Preece Has a Good Day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After spending 9 years on the NASCAR Whelen modified tour, Ryan took that next step up the ladder in 2016 moving  up to one of the top tier divisions in NASCAR, the Xfinity series. This season Ryan will drive the NASCAR Xfinity series G & K Services Chevrolet #01 full time.

March 5 2016: Ryan Preece races during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
March 5 2016: Ryan Preece races during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

While Ryan’s year did not start well at Daytona in February when he only recorded 31 laps and finished last,  Atlanta was a different story.  Ryan ran the entire race and although he ended the day 4 laps down he finished 22nd after starting 21st.

On Saturday in his first visit to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ryan made it through 2 rounds of qualifying starting a solid 20th place.

During the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ryan did not have the start he would have hoped for. Ryan bounced off the wall coming out of turn 4 on lap 2 and bounced into Corey LaJoie sending Corey into a spin through the inner oval. The rest of the race went much better for Ryan, while Ryan finished the race 3 laps down he stayed out of trouble ending  up with an  18th place finish out of 40 starters.

Prior to the race we spoke to Ryan in the media center and asked him about his experience in the Xfinity series.

Ryan said he is learning, always learning. He said that that driving Xfinity car is totally different than what he is used to in his modified. In a modified he charged into the corner and these cars you want to lift but you know aren’t going to. He does feels he is getting more comfortable in the full -fendered car every week.

Going into Saturdays race he felt very good about the car after last week’s Atlanta race gave them a starting point of where to be on a mile and a half track. They progressively made improvements to the car  and carried what they learned into this weeks race at Las Vegas. Ryan’s philosophy is to build every week and he feels they are doing that.  With time Ryan feels they are going to get better and better.

March 5 2016: Ryan Preece racing hard to attempt to keep from going a lap down to Kyle Busch during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
March 5 2016: Ryan Preece racing hard to attempt to keep from going a lap down to Kyle Busch during the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Ryan was very happy with Saturdays qualifying run and his getting into the second round of qualifying. His second round was  2 tenths faster than the first round and as Ryan said “improving, always improving”. In the race his goals were finish the race which he did and gain respect from the other drivers, other than the lap 2 incident he stayed out of trouble, passed a many race cars and got a well deserved 18th place finish.

Veteran drivers like Ryan Newman and TBR driver Regan Smith  have been helping him all season as he speaks to both regularly seeking advice.

Experience is everything and he is getting that every week. In the Johnny Davis Motorsports  #01 Ryan believes they have a team that with  time they will be a consistent top 15 or even top 10 team.

Next week Ryan will be at another new track, the one mile Phoenix International Raceway for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 getting that valuable  track time and experience.