Breaking: Phoenix Raceway in for Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

MOORESVILLE, NC – Changes are coming to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program, as at least one race from last year’s schedule will be dropped from the current slate of events and replaced with Phoenix Raceway on March 18, according to information on the new Web site.

There had been rumors changes would be made but nothing was definitive. However, a search of fan schedules through the first five weeks of the season to prepare for NASCAR’s West Coast Swing revealed curious wording that isn’t present at the previous three racetracks on the schedule. The races are identified as “Heat Race” at Phoenix but at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway there was no such delineation. At the first three tracks on the 2017 schedule the races are listed as single-event, 300-mile (Daytona), 250-mile (Atlanta) and 300-mile (Las Vegas) competitions. The only oddity is that NASCAR implemented stage races in all three of its touring series for 2017.

In 2016, the Dash 4 Cash was held at Dover International Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If Indianapolis was taken out and Phoenix is added then it would put all four Dash 4 Cash events at what are considered short tracks.

It is not currently known if there will be a new format for the Dash 4 Cash in 2017; however, it is known that Cup drivers with more than five full years of experience are not allowed to participate. Last year, the format had used two heat races to set the field for the main race, with the two highest finishing eligible drivers competing for the $100,000 payday. If the new stage race format is used for the Dash 4 Cash it would likely mean the top two drivers in each stage race would become eligible for the Dash 4 Cash money.

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