The first of four Dash 4 Cash races this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series added some extra incentive for series regulars on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
The DC Solar 200 also marked the debut of the new D4C format that featured the first two stages of the event deciding which four series regulars would compete for the $100,000 bonus in the final stage of the race.
Byron finished Stage 1 third while Sadler passed JR Motorsports teammate and eventual race winner Justin Allgaier late in the stage to take the D4C position and finish fifth.
In Stage 2, Allgaier bounced back and finished second, securing his eligibility for the $100,000 in the Final Stage. Tyler Reddick earned the final spot among the four D4C competitors in his first career D4C event.
Once the final stage went green, Allgaier had command over his three competitors. Reddick briefly passed Allgaier after his No. 42 Chevrolet team took two tires on pit road during a late restart. However, Allgaier’s four tires proved superior, and he quickly navigated his way back to the front.
Multiple late restarts stacked up the field and allowed Sadler and Byron to close in on Allgaier. When the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet was trapped behind leader Erik Jones for many laps, Sadler came within a few car lengths, but once Allgaier passed the No. 20 Reser’s Main Street Bistro Toyota, he didn’t lose the lead again in the race.
Allgaier then perfected the final few restarts and crossed the finish line first, picking up both the race win and $100,000 bonus.
Byron came closest to Allgaier, finishing fourth while Sadler came home fifth and Reddick ended the race in 14th-place.
For the second consecutive year, the winner of the first D4C race of the year also ended the event in Victory Lane. Jones won last year at Bristol Motor Speedway and cashed in on the $100,000.
Now Allgaier will have the opportunity to compete for $1,000,000 if he’s able to claim each of the three remaining D4C prizes.
He will first battle for the money again at Bristol next month, then Richmond International Raceway, and finally during the D4C finale at Dover International Speedway in June.
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