The NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash Promises Excitement

By Christy Valdez
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

As NASCAR prepares to make its second stop at some tracks in the summer portion of the schedule, the NASCAR Nationwide Series prepares for the return of an annual event.

Along with a return to Daytona International Speedway for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it also marks the return of the Dash-4-Cash program in the Nationwide Series. During the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway last week, four drivers have managed to qualify into the first week of the Dash-4-Cash program.

Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson each made themselves eligible for the $100,000 bonus at Daytona when they were the top four highest finishing Nationwide drivers at Kentucky. The driver who captures the best finish among the four at the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona will receive the bonus prize.

The Dash-4-Cash program is set to run at Daytona and throughout the three following races at New Hampshire, Chicago, and Indianapolis, giving drivers and teams a chance to race for more than just a win. The highest finisher at Daytona between Sadler, Vickers, Dillon and Larson will make themselves eligible for the following week in the program along with the top three best finishing Nationwide regulars at Daytona.

For the 2013 edition of the Dash 4 Cash, NASCAR has added an extra challenge for the Nationwide Series drivers and a potential bonus. If a driver happens to win the first three Dash-4-Cash events alone and happens to win at the Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis, that driver could earn another bonus of $600,000. If a driver manages to accomplish that feature, it would allow them to win up to $1 million.

In the past, the Dash-4-Cash program has seen various winners and a few repeat winners but no one has been able to win the program for four straight weeks. The new challenge handed to the drivers will be interesting to watch.

NASCAR has run the Dash-4-Cash program within the last few seasons in the Nationwide Series program. Throughout the program, not only have been drivers been eligible to win some extra cash but fans can also take part by signing up for the contest with NASCAR. The contest happens to be a win-win for fans and teams throughout the four weeks.

The program gives the Nationwide Series drivers the opportunity to compete for extra money just like the Cup Series drivers get to do at the All-Star race. Unlike the Cup Series, the Nationwide Series still has to race for the money throughout their regular season.

With the $600,000 bonus, it adds more motivation in order to qualify for every week of the program.

Not only is a win at stake every week throughout the Nationwide Series season, but some extra cash could make the next four upcoming races even better.

Everyone on the track is looking for wins but for the Nationwide teams, any extra cash from the Dash 4 Cash could help them for some races to come.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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