The new NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash format – consisting of two Heats and a Main – debuts on Saturday in the Fitzgerald’s Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1).
“I think all of us drivers are really anxious, but excited about how the heat races will play out at Bristol this weekend,” said Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. “Adding this new element into the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash program is huge and could have major points implications if we do well, or not-so-well.”
Coors Light Pole qualifying will set the eligibility for the 40-car field and the starting positions for the 50-lap Heats (26.5 miles). Odd-numbered qualifiers (first, third, fifth, etc.) will start in the first Heat in respective order, while even-numbered qualifiers (second, fourth, sixth, etc.) will begin the second Heat in respective order. The Heats will set the starting positions for the 200-lap Main (106.6 miles) with the top two NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars in each Heat becoming eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finishing driver among the four Dash 4 Cash-eligible competitors will be awarded a $100,000 bonus.
“I think it’s a good idea – something to change it up,” Sunoco Rookie of the Year frontrunner Erik Jones said. “I think we’re doing the right thing and taking the right steps to doing things that have been voiced by the fans that is something different than what’s been done in the past.”
After the Fitzgerald’s Glider Kits 300, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash is scheduled to take place at three more tracks using the same format: Richmond International Raceway (April 23), Dover International Speedway (May 14) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23). If any driver wins multiple Dash 4 Cash bonuses, he/she is all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.
“I think you’ll see a lot of drivers go for it in the heat races and get the Dash 4 Cash qualifying positions,” said Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. “It’s a really neat format for us XFINITY Series drivers. I’m excited to see how it plays out. The fans almost get three races for the price of one. There’s going to be a lot of action in the heat races, and I know the main event won’t disappoint.”