Matt Sullivan | Getty Images

2019 Dash 4 Cash: Dates, tracks announced for Xfinity Series

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on August 23, 2018 when the 2019 Dash 4 Cash program was revealed.

NASCAR officials revealed the schedule for the Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash program Thursday, bringing back the four tracks that composed the bonus-money initiative last season.

The 2019 series will open April 6 at Bristol Motor Speedway, continue with stops April 12 at Richmond Raceway and April 27 at Talladega Superspeedway before ending May 4 at Dover International Speedway. Also like last year, drivers earning championship points in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be excluded from the four-race series.

“We had worked with our tracks and our teams and drivers on this as well and we just found that it worked well for all of our partners and the fans,” said John Bobo, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “Dash 4 Cash is just a great moment that kind of re-energizes the season as we turn the corner into summer, and I also love it because it highlights our emerging stars and gives some real attention to them as well.

“I’m a fan of Dash 4 Cash, and I think it’s always worked well, even from the racing format, I think it really showcases their abilities.”

RELATED: More 2019 Xfinity Series rules changes

The March 30 race at Texas Motor Speedway will again serve as a qualifier for the Dash 4 Cash opener. The top four title-eligible Xfinity Series drivers from the Fort Worth event will compete for the first Dash 4 Cash payday in the Bristol opener. Prize money and other details regarding the Dash 4 Cash format will be announced at a later date.

Bristol and Dover will mark their fifth straight year as participating tracks for Dash 4 Cash events. Richmond will also become a five-time host; previous Dash 4 Cash events at the Virginia short track have occurred nonconsecutively (2011, 2016-18). Talladega made its Dash 4 Cash debut this year.