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Dash 4 Cash bonus program wraps up at Darlington

Brad Keselowski sits on a piece of equipment in the garage during a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., Friday.
Brad Keselowski sits on a piece of equipment in the garage during a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., Friday. AP

The Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash bonus program wraps up Saturday in the VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).

Four drivers – Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon – are eligible to win $100,000.

Aside from the Dash 4 Cash, the chase for the Xfinity championship remains close. Chris Buescher leads Elliott by 16 points and Dillon by 19.

The Dash 4 Cash program is for drivers who are eligible for the Xfinity championship. Several Sprint Cup drivers, as usual, will also be in Saturday’s race.

“I think it’s good to have the opportunity to race against the Cup guys when you are kind of first getting going,” said Elliott, who is in his second season on the Xfinity circuit. “I know that is a mixed subject, but in my opinion I think it’s good. I think there is a lot of great experience to be gained. I think the Xfinity Series kind of allows that. It allows you to get used to some of the things that you might see later on down the road a little bit at a time instead of being thrown at you all at once.”

Qualifying is at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

Notes

▪ Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski were fastest in Friday’s practice sessions for Sunday’s Southern 500. Biffle’s lap of 176.201 mph in the morning was the fastest of the day. Keselowski went 175.880 on the 1.37-mile egg-shaped track in the afternoon. Kurt Busch and Paul Menard were also both near the top of the board during both sessions.

▪ NASCAR fined driver Jennifer Jo Cobb $5,000 for having a cell phone in her truck during last weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Cobb was fined an additional $2,500 because she was already on probation for walking onto the track during a race at Dover, Del. Cobb will remain on probation through the end of the season.

▪ NASCAR also increased penalties earlier this week for ballast weight and wheels coming off during races. A weight ballast fell off Timmy Hill’s car during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in July.

▪ NASCAR hall-of-famer Bill Elliott was to be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame on Friday night in Darlington.

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