First Dash 4 Cash field set for Daytona
June 28, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
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SPARTA, Ky. -- Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson will be racing for a $100,000 bonus when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Daytona International Speedway next weekend.
The four drivers were the highest finishing eligible competitors Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway in the Feed the Children 300, the qualifying event for this year’s Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program.
As a result, the driver that finishes highest in the July 5 Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona will earn the six-figure bonus and be automatically qualified for the second week of the four-week program.
"Nationwide really hit a home run, in my opinion, with this Dash 4 Cash (program)."
-- Elliott Sadler
“It is great for our sport, it is great or our team, it puts a lot of focus on our sponsors and on … the drivers,” said Sadler, who finished second to race winner Brad Keselowski in the rain-shortened Kentucky race. “Nationwide really hit a home run, in my opinion, with this Dash 4 Cash (program).”
In addition to the Daytona bonus winner, the three highest finishing eligible drivers in that event will qualify for the program’s next stop, at New Hampshire on July 13. The format will remain the same for subsequent stops at Chicago (July 21) and Indianapolis (July 27).
If the same driver earns the bonus in the first three events and wins the Indy race outright, he will earn an additional $600,000, bringing his total winnings to $1 million.
Four races, four very different venues.
“Four straight weeks, which is very stressful,” Sadler said. “But if you can keep your momentum going … it’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”
Vickers, fourth at Kentucky, said kicking the program off at the 2.5-mile Daytona track was a mixed blessing.
“Of all places that I’d want to go into the Dash 4 Cash, I think (Daytona) is the best and the worst,” he said. “There’s a chance we could finish … 30th and win this thing. But hopefully we win the race and win (the bonus). That’s the goal.”
Dillon finished sixth at Kentucky while Larson was seventh.
“It’s awesome,” Dillon said of the program. “We had a heck of a battle last year with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at New Hampshire to win the first (bonus). Really looking forward to it.”