NASCAR Xfinity 2016 Dash 4 Cash update – The Brickyard’s Next
The NASCAR Xfinity 2016 Series Dash 4 Cash program is looking ahead to July 23 at Indianapolis for its concluding event, with two-time bonus winner Erik Jones looking to add another $100,000 deposit to his account. Only Ty Dillon, winner of the April 23 Richmond edition of the bonus competition, has been able to nudge Jones aside to grab the windfall prize, after Jones fell victim to a late-race crash that relegated him to a 34th place finish. Jones led 17 laps in the event, while Dillon finished second to Cup regular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
As a refresher, this year’s format for the Dash 4 Cash encompasses four events built around a Saturday night short track format. The program calls for a pair of 20-car heat races to set the starting grid for the main event, the first of which is comprised of odd-numbered qualifiers, the second comprised of even-numbered qualifiers. The top two finishers in the heat races become eligible to compete for the Dash 4 Cash bonus, assuming they are Xfinity series regular drivers and are competing for the Xfinity Series Championship. The highest finisher among these four drivers earns the bonus and, as an added incentive, any driver winning two Dash 4 Cash bonuses will be awarded a spot in the Xfinity Series Chase (the newly-implemented series playoff format).
This season, the Dash 4 Cash program takes place at these four tracks, with the number of heat-race laps varying depending on track size:
- Bristol Motor Speedway, April 16 – 50 laps (finishing order – Erik Jones, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon)
- Richmond International Raceway, April 23 – 35 laps (finishing order – Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Brendan Gaughan)
- Dover International Speedway, May 14 – 40 laps (finishing order – Erik Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier)
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 23 (20 laps)
And while we’re at it, here’s a quick update on what the Xfinity Chase lineup looks like at this point, just past midway in the 2016 season:
- Erik Jones (2 wins)
- Daniel Suarez (1 win)
- Elliott Sadler (1 win)
- Ty Dillon
- Brendan Gaughan
- Justin Allgaier
- Brandon Jones
- Brennan Poole
- Darrell Wallace Jr
- Ryan Reed
- Ryan Sieg
- Blake Koch
Follow the progress toward the final Chase grid on NASCAR’s Xfinity website.
Of note, Xfinity regulars have won 5 of the 16 events held this year, adding fuel to the continuing controversy about Cup-level drivers stepping down to race in the series. Perhaps the restriction of Cash 4 Dash eligibility to Xfinity regulars is a step toward appeasing some of the complaints?