After a challenging day at Richmond International Raceway, Ty Dillon took second place in the ToyotaCare 250, earning him the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
Despite having 15 fewer minutes at practice and competing without his crew chief Nick Harrison due to a penalty last weekend at Bristol, Dillon won the second Heat Race. That made him eligible for the bonus, along with fellow competitors Justin Allgaier, Erik Jones and Brennan Poole.
The North Carolina native started second for the main event, but for the majority of the race Dale Earnhardt Jr., Allgaier and Jones battled it out in the top three spots. As the last few laps wound down, Allgaier got into a wreck in Turn 1, taking Jones and others with him.
“I followed (Earnhardt Jr.) and took the same path up, but there was just no car out there for me to hit,” Dillon said. “You got to be aggressive on those restarts … you got to know the risk when you’re going into it.”
The No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet maneuvered back into the second spot behind Earnhardt Jr. in overtime, earning him the cool $100,000.
“To finish second, to run the way we did all day was impressive for us,” he said. “We finished strong, so (I’m) really proud of our effort.”
When asked what he’ll do with the cash, Dillon said he hopes to put it toward a home for himself and his wife, Haley.
Since he and Jones have won the first two Dash 4 Cash events, if either driver earns another one, it would earn them a berth in the XFINITY Series Chase.
“This has gotten me really excited about what we’re going to be doing down the road when we get Nick back; we can get full power again,” Dillon said.
The next Dash 4 Cash will be held at Dover International Speedway on May 14.
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