RELATED: $1 million bonus again attainable in Dash 4 Cash
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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Bristol Motor Speedway (April 22)
Richmond International Raceway (April 29)
Dover International Speedway (June 3)
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.