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First Dash4Cash drivers locked in at Daytona

July 05, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

First Dash4Cash drivers locked in at Daytona
Smith, Sieg, Reed and Clements the first participants of the season in Dash4Cash program

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Regan Smith, Ryan Sieg, Ryan Reed and Jeremy Clements became the first four drivers to qualify for this year’s Nationwide Series Dash4Cash program, thanks to top-10 finishes in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Smith, Sieg and Reed finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in a typically wild green, white, checkered finish. Clements finished eighth while Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne won the race, edging Smith at the finish line.

"I know we're racing for a lot of money come next week," Reed, driver of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford, said on pit road. "It raises the stakes quite a bit.

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"I think it's amazing what (Nationwide) is doing with the Dash4Cash. … I think it's just a really special program."

During the next four weeks, the Dash4Cash program will award the highest finishing eligible Nationwide Series driver a $100,000 bonus at New Hampshire, Chicagoland, Indianapolis and Iowa Speedway, and qualify the driver or drivers for the following week's round.

The top three finishing points-eligible drivers in each event will also qualify for the following week's race.

If one driver wins three of the first four races that make up the program, he will earn an additional $600,000 bonus should he win the final of the four races at Iowa.

"It's going to be new for me," Smith said. "I don’t think we were a part of any of them last year. …

"I like New Hampshire, it's a track I look forward to going to. I'm just happy to be a part of it and happy to have a series sponsor like Nationwide that does the things that they do … for those four teams, we're going to get to go out there and get a little extra attention and race for some extra money. For any of those four teams, that's going to be a cool deal."

It might be especially cool for Sieg, as his underfunded RSS Racing team picked up just their second top-10 finish of the season at Daytona to qualify for the program.

The achievement caught notice of the race-winning owner of JR Motorsports -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.  

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