Ross Chastain's runner-up finish turns into Dash 4 Cash payday
Ross Chastain came 0.299 seconds before the checkered flag on the Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, but the driver of the Kaulig Racing Chevrolet No. 10 still left the track in Alabama as the winner.
Thanks to his second place in the Unhinged 300 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series behind his teammate Justin Haley, Chastain won the $ 100,000 prize for Dash 4 Cash. He was the highest finisher among his competitors in the race: AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe. Chastain led 24 out of 113 laps on the 2.66-mile course. In levels 1 and 2 he was fourth and fifth.
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"The almighty dollar is still winning in the world, so it will go a long way," said Chastain. "Not everything goes to me. No driver gets everything. Don't be fooled by anyone. But everyone gets bonuses in the team. It helps the whole program. That makes the bad days a little easier."
Allmendinger won the Dash 4 Cash Bonus at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend. He finished seventh in Talladega, although he had spent the first two stages in the back of the field. He was 23rd in the 1st stage and 25th in the 2nd stage. Allmendinger, who finished 34th on the grid, had to fall behind the green flag because his Kaulig Racing Chevrolet No. 16 failed the inspection three times before the race.
Jones finished 16th in Talladega with his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota No. 19. He and 10 other cars were involved in lap 106 in the final crash of the race after finishing fifth and eighth in the first two stages.
Chase Briscoe finished third in the first stage, won the second stage and led a total of 15 laps. In Talladega, however, he was 18th after being involved in a wreck with several cars in the last stage. His Stewart-Haas Racing Ford # 98 got involved with Riley Herbst, Brett Moffitt and Joe Graf Jr. on the first leg of lap 78 and caused the first caution on the route.
There is another event in the Dash 4 Cash program: June 28th at the Pocono Raceway (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Haley, Chastain, Austin Cindric (fourth) and Alex Labbe (ninth) will fight for the last $ 100,000 check.
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