The NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash has an updated format for 2017 with the implementation of stages in each race of the series' 33-event circuit. Stage 1 and Stage 2 will determine which four drivers are eligible in the main race for the Dash 4 Cash prize, and a $100,000 check for each event.
Plus, $600,000 would be awarded to a driver who wins all four Dash 4 Cash bonuses, making the total possible winnings $1 million this year.
MORE: Fast facts: How the stages work
Here is a quick rundown of how the format works.
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Allgaier scores second Dash 4 Cash win
For the second time this year, Justin Allgaier picked up the Dash 4 Cash prize of $100,000 as the top finishing XFINITY Series regular among the four eligible drivers in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Allgaier had his eyes on something bigger -- the race win -- as he led 157 laps en route to a runner-up finish. The second Dash 4 Cash victory converts both of those into the equivalent of an XFINITY Series race win for playoff purposes. Read more | Allgaier pleased to win Dash 4 Cash, 'dejected' not to win race | Photos
Hemric picks up Dash 4 Cash check
Daniel Hemric recorded his first top-five finish of the season and, in the process, became $100,000 richer after finishing fifth at Bristol Motor Speedway. After an up-and-down, rain-delayed afternoon for Hemric, it was the Richard Childress Racing driver who emerged as the second Dash 4 Cash winner of the season. His competitors, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Brendan Gaughan, finished 14th, 32nd and 35th, respectively. Allgaier had a shot at the $600,000 bonus by winning all four Dash 4 Cash races but came up short. Read more | Hemric has sights on victory, but Dash 4 Cash bonus is nice prize | Photos
Allgaier wins at Phoenix
Justin Allgaier held off Erik Jones on the final restart at Phoenix Raceway to capture the first Dash 4 Cash race of the 2017 season. For Allgaier of JR Motorsports, it was his first win in the XFINITY Series since 2012. Allgaier is eligible for the $600,000 bonus in the Dash 4 Cash, but he needs to win the next three Dash 4 Cash races, beginning with the April 22 race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Read More | Photos
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Coors Light Pole Qualifying will determine the starting positions for the race.
The field will then begin the race with Stage 1, followed by Stage 2 and the Final Stage.
Phoenix Raceway is new to the four-race Dash 4 Cash schedule this year, replacing Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a designated event.
Based on the participation guidelines announced last year, drivers with more than five years of full-time experience are restricted from the four races in the Dash 4 Cash program.
DASH 4 CASH ELIGIBILITY
The top-two finishing NASCAR XFINITY Series points-earning drivers in each of the two stages will make up the four-driver Dash 4 Cash field for the Final Stage. Once Stage 1 is complete, the two drivers who lock into the main field won't have their position counted following Stage 2 to ensure a four-driver field.
The highest finisher in the final stage among the four eligible drivers wins the Dash 4 Cash and a $100,000 prize.
If a driver earns two Dash 4 Cash wins (not race wins) over the four Dash 4 Cash races, that is equivalent to a regular-season race win for XFINITY Series postseason eligibility.