For a second straight week, the Xfinity Series joins up with the Sprint Cup at the same track. Dover is the site of this week’s set of races as the Xfinity drivers hopes to tame the Monster Mile on Saturday afternoon.
This weekend is made even more enticing by the official start of the Dash 4 Cash. By the end of the race, one driver will be $100,000 richer. Meanwhile, Erik Jones will be looking to celebrate his birthday with a checkered flag. Here’s a look at all that and more that NASCAR fans need to know before the Buckle Up 200.
When: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Dover International Speedway
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Motor Racing Network
2. Four Drivers Compete in ‘Dash 4 Cash’
Just a week after qualifying for the event at Charlotte, four drivers are hoping to add to their bankroll on Saturday. Thanks to their strong finishes in the Hisense 300, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ty Dillon, Regan Smith and Daniel Suarez will compete for a $100,000 check at the end of the Dover race.
Suarez spoke about the confidence he has at Dover courtesy of the Xfinity Series’ official Twitter account:
— NASCAR XFINITY (@NASCAR_XFINITY) May 28, 2015
Whichever driver crosses the checkered flag first will come away with the massive payday. It also gives that driver an automatic qualification for the next Dash 4 Cash event at Indianapolis. With Dillon winning that race last season, he can set himself up nicely by taking the checkered flag on Saturday in Dover.
3. First-Time Winner Possible
Each member of the Dash 4 Cash crew will be eyeing a win, but there’s still a chance for history to be made on Saturday.
Only three drivers in the Xfinity field have won at Dover in the past in the series, none of which have been in the last decade. Matt Kenseth (last won in 2000), Jeff Green (2001) and Morgan Shepherd (1986) make up the three previous NXS winners at Dover this weekend.
Not having Kyle Busch in the field—who’s won the last two NXS races at Dover—makes this a high possibility. Let’s just say the celebration on Saturday afternoon should be epic when one driver finally conquers the Monster Mile.
4. Birthday Boy Seeking ‘Miles the Monster’ Trophy
Will Erik Jones have his cake and eat it too? Over the last two Xfinity races at Dover, the No. 54 machine has driven into Victory Lane. Jones will look to carry the torch for Busch while he’s out this week and just racing in the Sprint Cup event.
Jones also happens to be celebrating his 19th (yes, he’s only 19) birthday on Saturday. If he plans to come away with a win, he’ll have to hold off a strong contingent of Sprint Cup regulars and young guns like Ryan Blaney and Wallace.
Austin Dillon has shown speed on every track at the Xfinity Series level. Don’t expect that to change on Saturday afternoon. He came away with a top-10 finish last season in the spring race and has already won two events at the NXS level, including a dominating performance at Charlotte.
A current Sprint Cup driver has won the last 17 races at Dover, meaning there will likely be another predictable outcome. If Dillon takes the checkered flag and Ty Dillon captures the Dash 4 Cash prize, this will be another memorable afternoon for the Dillon brothers.
It’s hard to say any driver outside of a Sprint Cup regular will win in Dover, but Wallace has the best shot. Bubba has blistered short tracks over his career, piling up two wins in Martinsville in the Trucks Series and finishing sixth earlier this year in Iowa at the NXS level.
Coming off two consecutive top-six finishes and looking to cash in on the Dash 4 Cash competition, Wallace will be going all out on Saturday. Expect a strong showing from this rising star in the Roush-Fenway Racing stable.
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