The first leg of the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Dash 4 Cash is this weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. That means no Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars will be in the field. So, that makes Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) up for grabs for XFINITY Series regulars.
So, who wins out?
Here are five favorites to watch.
Allgaier scored his very first NASCAR victory at Bristol back in the spring of 2010. He enters this weekend’s race with six top 10 finishes over his last eight Bristol starts, including four top five efforts in his last five races on the concrete half-mile. On top of that, he has four top six finishes in his last five starts on the season, including two runner-ups over the last three races.
The No. 7 Chevrolet will be strong on Saturday. He was second and sixth respectively in practice.
He’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain on Saturday. Preece, isn’t eligible to win the overall Dash 4 Cash as he’s not on next weeks entry list. As of now. Even if he shows up on it though, he didn’t meet the deadline to be eligible. So, to be racing for $100k on Saturday in a JGR car, one that’s been so strong at Bristol, watch out.
He was third and fourth respectively in practice on Friday.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has shot up the points standings quickly. He’s had four top four finishes over his last five starts on the season. On top of that, Bell finished seventh in his two career Bristol starts, both coming in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He led 101 laps in 2016. His No. 20 Toyota will be a contender on Saturday afternoon.
He was in the top five in both practices on Friday.
This may be the weekend that Hemric wins his first NASCAR race. He’s surging too. He has four straight top six finishes this year, each improving over the week before. He’s gone from sixth, to sixth again, to fifth to third last week in Texas. On top of that, in Bristol, Hemric finished in the top 10 in both races last year (5th and 7th respectively) to go along with a fourth place effort in the Truck Series in 2015 and third in 2016.
He was eighth and second respectively in practice this weekend.
Odds say his No. 21 Chevrolet could win this weekend.
Another young gun here too. He finished 10th in the August race last year and was eighth, 16th and sixth respectively in three Truck Series starts at Bristol. Plus, he has four straight top 10 finishes on the season. Like Hemric, all have improved the last four races too. He went from ninth, to eighth, to sixth, to fourth.
Now to first?
He was fastest in final practice on Friday and sixth in the opening session.