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June 14, 2020

AJ Allmendinger rises to claim Dash 4 Cash bonus at Miami

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AJ Allmendinger scrambled to a $100,000 payday in a pair of overtime restarts Sunday, claiming the Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash bonus at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Allmendinger finished fourth in the Contender Boats 250, besting the three other eligible drivers — Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Daniel Hemric. Allmendinger earned his eligibility with his first oval-track victory June 6 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Gragson’s shot at a second straight payout ended in heartache with another late-race fade at Homestead. Saturday, he led a race-high 83 laps and wound up third after a late caution period created a lineup-shuffling restart. Sunday was a near-repeat as Gragson led 81 laps but dipped to a fifth-place finish in double overtime — just behind Allmendinger.

Gragson clinched the $100,000 prize in the opening Dash 4 Cash event, finishing second at Atlanta.

RELATED: Everything to know about the Dash 4 Cash program

Haley — Allmendinger’s teammate with Kaulig Racing — finished sixth. Hemric dropped from contention on the first overtime attempt as a multicar crash with Riley Herbst and Michael Annett sent his No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet into the inside retaining wall, ending his day in 31st place. Allmendinger was also involved as Herbst veered in front of his No. 16 Chevrolet on the backstretch.

Two more Xfinity Series races remain in the Dash 4 Cash bonus program: Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway and June 28 at Pocono Raceway. Allmendinger, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones and Ross Chastain are the four drivers eligible for the $100,00 prize at Talladega.