The Dash 4 Cash will debut its new format for 2017 at a new Dash 4 Cash track in this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway. Instead of the top four drivers from the race prior being eligible for the bonus the next Dash 4 Cash race, now it will be the top two XFINITY Series only drivers in the first two stages to compete for the Dash 4 Cash win in the third and final stage.
Basically, the top two finishes out of the XFINITY Series regulars to cross the finish line first in Stage No. 1 will automatically be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash that race. Then, the two top XFINITY Series regulars, neither of the first two are eligible for this stage obviously, to cross the finish line first in Stage No. 2, will join the two from Stage No. 1 as the four drivers vying for the $100k Dash 4 Cash win in Stage 3.
So you have points racing in each stage as well as Dash 4 Cash racing.
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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.
The formula is this, the top-two finishing 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.
Also, 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.