Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 (1:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the fourth and final leg for the Dash 4 Cash. That obviously is one of many storylines surrounding this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Dover International Speedway. Here are the top five.
Dash 4 Cash
It’s the obvious first story here. This will be the final leg of the bonus program, as four more drivers will fight for an extra $100k check on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Preece won it at Bristol while Elliott Sadler won the bonus the last two weeks at Richmond and Talladega. He’s back for more on Saturday, while Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Sieg try to take it from him.
Who will come out on top?
Sadler, has finished in the top 10 in every race this season and has eight top 10 finishes in his last nine Dover starts. Allgaier, has six top six finishes in his last eight starts on the season, five of which in the top three. He’s also finished in the top five in three of his last four Dover starts.
Jones, doesn’t have a top 10 finish yet in four career XFINITY Series starts, but he does have three top 10’s in four career Truck Series starts at Dover. Sieg, is an underdog with a great story.
Another New Winner?
We’re nine races into the 2018 season and we have already had nine different drivers visit victory lane in the series. Will we get 10-for-10 on Saturday?Only two drivers in the field this weekend has won this season (Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick), so the odds of having someone new win is a high probability.
Bell, was third in the Truck Series in 2016 and has five top five finishes in those nine races this season. Reddick, finished 26th in his lone XFINITY Series start at Dover but had three top 10 finishes in as many starts in the Truck Series. One of which was a victory in 2015.
If a 10th different winner should occur this weekend, the 2018 season will tie 1987 for the second longest different winner streak to start the season in series history. Currently at nine different winners, the 2018 season is the third longest different winners streak to start a NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Since the series’ inception in 1982, the NASCAR Xfinity Series has had nine different winners in the first nine races just three times – 1987, 1988 and 2018.
The record for the highest number of different winners to start a NASCAR Xfinity Series season is 13 back in 1988; followed by 1987 with 10 different winners, then 2018 with nine.
The 1988 and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series seasons are tied for the series-most different winners for the entire season with 18 each.
Another New Dover Winner Too
We’ve seen seven different winners in the last seven XFINITY Series races at Dover. In fact, out of those seven drivers, there’s been five different teams represented in that. Kyle Busch won for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2014, while Roush/Fenway Racing’s (Chris Buescher) and JR Motorsports’ (Regan Smith) won in 2015. In 2016, it was a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep (Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez) only to be followed up by Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle Larson) and Team Penske (Ryan Blaney) winning last year. None of those seven drivers are entered this weekend, so that means we will see an eighth straight race of a new XFINITY Series Dover winner.
A new winner last weekend won’t be at Dover this weekend and that’s because of a failed drug test. Spencer Gallagher originally stamped his name into the 2018 playoffs, only to be taken out after being suspended indefinitely by NASCAR this past week for a failed drug test. He will go and get help and not be given a waiver. That will certainly be discussed all weekend long.
JRM Strength But Not Winning
The top three in the XFINITY Series points standings all belong to JR Motorsports. The only problem that they’ve had this season is besides Tyler Reddick’s photo finish victory over his teammate Elliott Sadler at Daytona, neither of their drivers have won a race since. They’ve obviously been consistently up front, hence the top three positions in the points standings, but they’re not winning. Does that change this weekend?