Although Austin Dillon has not been able to notch a victory this season, he has become adept at claiming $100,000 bonuses in Nationwide’s four-week, Dash 4 Cash program, which has created an intense race-within-a-race.
As the program heads into its fourth and final leg within Saturday’s Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dillon will be gunning for his third straight bonus after placing third at New Hampshire and Chicagoland. The third-place finishes were the highest finishes by one of four points-eligible drivers qualified to compete for the bonuses.
Elliott Sadler won the first $100,000 bonus after placing third at Daytona earlier this month. Since then it has been all Dillon, who is the only driver to qualify for all four Dash 4 Cash events.
Sam Hornish Jr. and Brian Vickers will join Dillon and Sadler in competing for the final payout. In addition to the driver bonus, four lucky fans who received all-expense paid trips to Indy will be randomly paired with the four drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the D4C bonus will also win $100,000.
Dillon, who is third in the standings eight points behind leader Hornish, has a full slate this week with four races in eight days. In addition to competing in the NNS races last Sunday at Chicagoland and this Saturday in Indianapolis, he will compete Wednesday night in the NCWTS event at Eldora Speedway and the Brickyard 400 at Indy on Sunday.