NASCAR XFINITY Series ‘Dash 4 Cash’ races are designed to bring out the best among series regulars with $100,000 on the line. The added incentive has created competitive racing through each of its three events so far this season and led to standout performances from the drivers in contention for the prize.
Previous D4D winners, Justin Allgaier in Phoenix and Daniel Hemric in Bristol earned opportunities to compete for the bonus in the Final Stage after being the top running series regulars following Stage 1.
After capturing his first career series pole, Hemric led early and ran in the top-five throughout the Stage. Allgaier quickly progressed after starting sixth, and led 11 laps before finishing runner-up.
Kyle Benjamin earned a D4C spot in his series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing following a strong performance in Stage 2 and placed sixth. Elliott Sadler’s ninth-place run also put him in contention for the $100,000 in the Final Stage for the second time this season.
When the Final Stage went green, there was no stopping Allgaier. After winning Stage 2, he restarted second and regained the lead with 85 laps remaining.
An untimely yellow flag with 11 laps remaining and ensuing pit stops placed Allgaier second for the restart after Ty Dillon gambled for track position and took two tires. Another caution quickly slowed the field again and set up an Overtime finish.
Allgaier entered Turn 1 side-by-side with Kyle Larson but couldn’t remain on his outside exiting Turn 2. As Larson pulled ahead, a crash back in the pack brought out the race-ending yellow flag as the leaders had crossed the Overtime line.
Larson went onto to score the victory while Allgaier came home second and claimed his second D4C win of the year. However, his disappointment from narrowly missing out on victory after leading a race-high 157 laps overshadowed picking up the bonus.
“Ultimately we came here to win the race and had a great opportunity to do that and unfortunately at the end of the race, the whole race, the wheels fell off of it,” Allgaier said.”It just felt like everything went haywire there at the end and unfortunately we ultimately paid the biggest price and didn’t get to go to Victory Lane.”
One Dash 4 Cash contest remains this season when Dover International Speedway hosts the XFINITY Series regulars’ last shot to earn an additional $100,000.
While Allgaier won’t be eligible for the $1,000,000 awarded to a driver who captures all four D4C wins, he will aim to pick up his third prize.
Hemric will have an opportunity to qualify for the XFINITY Series playoffs with a Dash 4 Cash victory at Dover but Allgaier may give him a run for his money
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