Three things to know as the NASCAR Xfinity Series visits Texas Motor Speedway

Xfinity’s Dash 4 Cash Makes 2018 Debut With Qualifier at Texas Motor Speedway

Everyone loves a bonus, and this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in the My Bariatric Solutions 300, Comcast will be holding the qualifier for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program. The Dash 4 Cash provides four talented drivers with the opportunity to compete for an additional $100,000 prize at select races.

Here is the format for this season’s Dash 4 Cash program:

  • Full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will compete for four positions in consecutive Dash 4 Cash events:
    • Bristol Motor Speedway (April 14)
    • Richmond Raceway (April 21)
    • Talladega Superspeedway (April 28)
    • Dover International Speedway (May 5)
  • The top four NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers at Texas Motor Speedway will qualify for the first Dash 4 Cash event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • Of the four competing for Dash 4 Cash, the highest finisher wins the $100,000 prize. That winner and the three highest finishing full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, for a total of four contenders, will qualify for the next week’s event.

For 2018, Comcast is adding a new element to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program. In addition to the $100,000 awarded to each Dash 4 Cash winner, Comcast will also donate a total of $40,000 to local organizations within race markets on behalf of the Internet Essentials program.

The Dash 4 Cash program began back in 2009 and has become a driver – and fan – favorite over the years. Last season Justin Allgaier captured two Dash 4 Cash wins while Daniel Hemric and William Byron each took home one of the extra-large checks awarded to the Dash 4 Cash winners.

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season. (World Copyright: Barry Cantrell, NKP)

Biagi-DenBeste Racing Saddles Up Stewart-Haas’ Big Shot Kevin Harvick At Texas

One of the hottest drivers in NASCAR at the moment is Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick. In fact, he is so hot this season he is the only driver in any of the three NASCAR national series to post multiple wins (three MENCS wins, one NXS).

In his only NASCAR Xfinity Series start this season (Atlanta), he won with Biagi-DenBeste Racing in the No. 98 Ford Mustang, the same rocket he will strap into this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway thanks to an alliance formed in the off-season between Biagi DenBeste Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing.

Harvick has the second-most series wins all-time at the famed 1.5-mile track with five victories (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012).  In total, he has made 20 series starts at Texas, posting the third-most top fives (11), the most top 10s (17) and an average finish of 7.3; including a third-place finish in this event last season.

Justin Allgaier and Tyler Reddick of JR Motorsports battle during the race at Auto Club Speedway.(World Copyright: Logan Whitton, NKP)

No Signs Of JR Motorsports Slowing Down

The JR Motorsports trio at the top of the standings, Elliott Sadler, Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier, show no signs of slowing up as the series returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Elliott Sadler holds the points lead after posting the series-most top fives (four) and top 10s (five) through the first five races of the season. He also leads the series in average finish with a solid 4.8. – the only series title contender with an average finish inside the top five.

But one driver not letting Sadler relax atop the standings is his JRM teammate Tyler Reddick, who sits in second, four-points back and virtually locked into the Playoffs with a season-opening win at Daytona.

Now Reddick, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender who has proven to be a quick study, is on the fast track to learning what it takes to put together a series title run in the wake of his veteran teammates Sadler and Allgaier. Through five races this season, Reddick has posted one win, four top 10s and an average finish of 9.0 – third-best among title contenders.

Lurking just one point behind Reddick in the standings is his teammate Justin Allgaier, who has posted two runner-ups, three top fives, and four top 10s in the first five races of the season.

Article courtesy of NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications.

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