Four First-Timers Qualify For Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash
The top-four finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders in last weekend’s race at Daytona – Regan Smith, Ryan Sieg, Ryan Reed and Jeremy Clements – qualified to compete in the first round of Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash program at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday with an opportunity to win $100,000. Each of the four drivers that have qualified for this season’s Round One of the Dash 4 Cash are first-time participants to the program.
With four newbies locked in, the cash can land in almost anyone’s pockets. Smith and Clements have made three starts at NHMS each posting average finishes of 19.3 and 19.6, respectively. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Reed and Sieg will be making their series track debuts at New Hampshire.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at New Hampshire will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Chicagoland the following weekend. The three highest finishing NNS regulars at New Hampshire not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland. The final two events at Indianapolis and Iowa will carry the same qualifying requirements.
If one driver wins the first three legs of the Dash 4 Cash and the Iowa race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award that driver an extra $600,000.
Four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.
1-2 Finish At Daytona Gives JR Motorsports The Win, Points Lead
In the third closest finish in NASCAR Nationwide Series history at Daytona International Speedway (0.021 second) last weekend, two of the three JR Motorsports Chevrolets crossed the stripe with not only the win, but the series standings lead.
Kasey Kahne brought the No. 5 JRM Chevrolet its third victory and second consecutive win of the season; while Regan Smith, who finished runner-up just short of the Daytona sweep, took over the standings lead by 12 points ahead of Elliott Sadler in second.
Of the 16 races this season, car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. now has six wins (37.5%). The JR Motorsports owner was not shy to state the essential foundation of their success lies in its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the pickup of crew chief Greg Ives.
“We have a great relationship that has gotten stronger with Hendrick,” said Earnhardt Jr. “It’s important to have the engineering with the resources, and now the information is flowing both ways. I think that HMS gets a little out of our program and we get a whole lot of help from them. It certainly makes a big difference when you have those resources. We have been on both sides of that fence in the last six years.”
JRM heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend looking to make it three-in-a-row for the second time this season (Texas, Darlington and Richmond). Smith has made three starts at NHMS, posting a best finish of eighth last fall. Chase Elliot, third in points, will be making his series debut at NHMS.
New Englander Austin Theriault will pilot the No.5 Chevrolet this weekend. The 20 year-old from Fort Kent, Maine will be making his second start of the season and his series debut at New Hampshire. Theriault finished 15th at Iowa in his previous 2014 start.
Television Coverage/TV Team
- Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 – 3:00pm/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punchh
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Thursday, July 10th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGES OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 11th
1:00 AM NNS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
12:10 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:10 PM-2:00 PM NNS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, July 12th
10:10 AM NNS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)
12:35 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
3:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 211.6 MILES) (ESPN2)
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts
- Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
- Set limits:
5 sets for practice/qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 5 sets for the event
- Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4564; Right-side — D-4566
- Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
Right-side — 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)
- Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front — 20 psi; Left Rear — 20 psi;
Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 30 psi
- Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 12 psi; Left Rear — 12 psi;
Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 27 psi
- Notes: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams have run at New Hampshire since 2012 . . . this is the only track at which either of these two tire codes will be run in 2014 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
|NASCAR Nationwide Series Entry List|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 7/12/2014|
|2||2||Brian Scott||Chevrolet||Shore Lodge|
|3||3||Ty Dillon #||Chevrolet||WESCO|
|8||9||Chase Elliott #||Chevrolet||NAPA Auto Parts|
|10||11||Elliot Sadler||Toyota||OneMain Financial|
|12||14||Eric McClure||Toyota||Hefty Ultimate/ Reynolds Wrap|
|13||16||Ryan Reed #||Ford||ADA Driver to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes|
|15||19||Mike Bliss||Toyota||TriStar Motorsports|
|16||20||Matt Kenseth(i)||Toyota||Interstate Batteries|
|17||22||Brad Keselowski (i)||Ford||Hertz|
|18||23||Carlos Contreras||Chevrolet||Lilly Trucking|
|19||28||J.J. Yeley||Dodge||JGL Racing|
|20||31||Dylan Kwasniewski #||Chevrolet||Rockstar|
|21||33||Paul Menard(i)||Chevrolet||Libman / Menards|
|22||36||Ryan Preece||Chevrolet||East West Marine|
|23||39||Ryan Sieg #||Chevrolet||RSS Racing|
|24||40||Josh Wise(i)||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing|
|25||42||Kyle Larson(i)||Chevrolet||Cartwheel by Target|
|26||43||Dakoda Armstrong #||Ford||WinField|
|27||44||Matt Frahm||Toyota||Gilchrist Metal Fabrication|
|28||46||Matt DiBenedetto||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing|
|31||54||Kyle Busch(i)||Toyota||Monster Energy|
|32||55||Brennan Newberry (i)||Chevrolet||Qore-24|
|33||60||Chris Buescher #||Ford||NESN 30th Anniversary Mustang|
|34||62||Brendan Gaughan||Chevrolet||South Point|
|36||72||Matther Carter||Chevrolet||Crash Claims R US|
|38||86||Jake Clum (i)||Chevrolet||Bubba Burger|
|40||93||Ryan Ellis||Dodge||JGL Racing|
# – Rookie
Drivers in Red must qualifying on time
(i) equals ineligible for driver championship points