Brian Scott wins second Dash 4 Cash prize
July 19, 2014, Brad Norman, NASCAR.com
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JOLIET, Ill. -- After his Coors Light Pole qualifying run early Saturday, Brian Scott celebrated with family by hoisting his gleeful 3-year-old daughter over his head before posing for photos. Hours later, he hoisted a large $100,000 check into the night air at Chicagoland Speedway as the recipient of the Dash 4 Cash bonus.
It doesn't get any better at the race track without winning.
"Oh yeah, I feel good," Scott said on pit road. "I think I'm taking home the most money, so that's always a positive."
Among the four drivers eligible for this week's bonus, Scott ended his day at the top in the contest sponsored by Nationwide Insurance with his sixth-place finish in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300. Aside from a pair of green-flag pit stops that shuffled the running order, Scott led that four-driver field throughout the race. Two of his challengers finished inside the top 10, with Chris Buescher taking eighth and Elliott Sadler in 10th. Regan Smith finished 16th.
The four-race Dash 4 Cash program pays out four $100,000 bonuses, with the initiative concluding under the lights at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 2. The $1 million grand prize is no longer possible, since Smith -- last week's D4C winner -- didn't follow suit this week.
Smith made the most of his jackpot last week, releasing a humorous video of him attempting to deposit the oversized check. Don't expect Scott to follow suit.
"I'll let my bank take care of this for me," Scott said with a laugh. "We had a good night all around to (win the bonus). Our pit stops were good, we just needed a longer race. We needed a couple more opportunities to come to pit road and get this car to where it could run up front and challenge for the win. But I'm proud of these guys. After the Indianapolis race (next week), I'm going to Idaho and visiting the Shore Lodge and looking forward to buying everybody a drink there."
With his Dash 4 Cash triumph, Scott automatically qualifies for the bonus again next week at Indianapolis. Joining him in the field are Saturday's top three finishers among Nationwide Series full-time drivers -- Chase Elliott (Saturday's winner), Trevor Bayne (second) and Ty Dillon (fourth).
Given Scott's runner-up finish last year at the Brickyard, perhaps more than just the $100,000 is in the cards.
And judging by his comments Saturday, Scott may need the extra money. In addition to his 3-year-old daughter, Scott and his wife Whitney are expecting a son in late November.
"My wife's here, so unfortunately, I won't be able to hide this money from her," Scott said with a laugh. "But really, it's a team effort so I'm looking forward to sharing it with my guys. Then with the baby coming … it'll be gone before you know it.
"We had a great run at Indianapolis last year, finishing second, so maybe we can lock in another $100,000 and finally get that trip to Victory Lane."