Dillon takes second Dash 4 Cash prize
July 13, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
LOUDON, N.H. -- Austin Dillon became the second winner of this year’s Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program with a third-place finish in Saturday’s CNBC Prime’s The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Richard Childress Racing driver earned a $100,000 bonus from the series sponsor and is now qualified for the third leg of the four-race program, scheduled for July 21 at Chicagoland Speedway.
"We had a four-tire green-flag stop and the car just came to life."
-- Austin Dillon
Also qualifying for the bonus program at Chicagoland based on their finishing positions at NHMS were Brian Vickers (second), Brian Scott (fourth) and Michael Annett (fifth).
Dillon ran in the top three for the majority of the second half in a race that was pushed 13 laps beyond its scheduled 200-lap distance thanks to three green-white-checkered attempts.
In spite of the three late restarts, he was unable to overtake eventual runner-up Brian Vickers and race winner Kyle Busch.
“(On) the first restart, I got in position and the caution came right back out,” Dillon said. “Second restart, spun the tires and was able to maintain fourth position.
“They had another restart and fourth was where I needed to be (in the outside lane), and it … worked out for us.
“Today, we got some good breaks, everything went our way and we were able to win the (bonus).”
Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Larson were the top-four finishing Nationwide Series regulars in the opening Dash event at Daytona a week earlier to qualify for the New Hampshire bonus.
Hornish rallied from a late fuel stop to finish seventh. Sadler, running in the top five, was turned after contact with Regan Smith to finish 18th while Larson wound up 14th.
“Better than running out,” Hornish said of his quick trip down pit road that dropped him from seventh to 13th. “That was the right thing to do and we ended up right where we started.
“We were so good through the middle of the race, came from 10th all the way up to third and were catching the leaders. We had a long-run car and had a bunch of short-run stuff there at the end.”
As the Daytona winner of the Dash 4 Cash program, Sadler was the only driver eligible for a $600,000 bonus awarded to a driver who won all four legs of the program while also winning the fourth stop, scheduled for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, outright.
“The race played out almost exactly like last year’s race did for us,” Dillon said. “We didn’t get the track position we wanted after the first (pit) stop, but our car was good enough to drive up quite a few positions.
“We had a four-tire green-flag stop and the car just came to life.”