Sta-Green 200: Dash 4 Cash Preview

Sta-Green 200: Dash 4 Cash Preview

by July 11, 2014 0 comments

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LOUDON, N.H. — The 2014 edition of the Nationwide Series’ Dash 4 Cash is ready to kick off in this week’s Sta-Green 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

By virtue of being the top-four championship-eligible finishers of last Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona, Regan Smith (JR Motorsports), Ryan Reed (Roush-Fenway Racing), Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing), and Jeremy Clements (Jeremy Clements Racing) all qualified for the first race of the sixth running of the competition.

The Dash 4 Cash will take place across the next four races on the Nationwide Series calendar, New Hampshire, Chicagoland, Indianapolis, and Iowa. The highest finisher of the four aforementioned drivers will take home a cool $100,000 and qualify for the next round at Chicagoland along with the top-three championship-eligible finishers of the race. If Smith, Reed, Sieg, or Clements are the highest-finishing Dash 4 Cash driver in the next three races and then win Iowa’s US Cellular 250, they will bring their winnings up to an even $1,000,000.

None of the qualifiers for this year’s Dash 4 Cash have previously competed in the competition before. This being Reed and Sieg’s rookie season in the Nationwide Series, both drivers have never raced at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the series either. Reed has one start at the track that came in the K&N Pro Series East in 2011 where he finished in the 34th position at the age of 17. Sieg has two starts at the track known as the ‘Magic Mile’ in the Camping World Truck Series, finishing 20th and 22nd in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Clements has completed three races in Loudon in the Nationwide Series in his self-owned Chevrolet, never finishing higher than 17th. Clements has participated in the last three races held at New Hampshire and while his best finish has just come inside of the top-20, he has always been running at the finish in each race he has entered in.

If you go off of who has the best record in New Hampshire, the favorite to win the $100,000 would undoubtedly be Smith. The driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet’s last trip to the one-mile circuit resulted in a solid eighth-place finish last year in his return to full-time Nationwide Series competition. Smith also has plenty of experience at the track in the Sprint Cup Series where he completed 11 races over six years, his best result being a 10th-place finish in the 2011 fall race.

Smith was unable to qualify for last year’s Dash 4 Cash after failing to qualify for the competition at Daytona, New Hampshire, Chicagoland, and Indianapolis last year (he did run well though, finishing 8th, 8th, 13th, and 19th, respectively.) The current championship leader made a statement on on the importance these next four races have for him and his No. 7 crew.

“Being part of the Dash 4 Cash program is really cool,” Smith said. “We missed out on it last year and it was disappointing because I really wanted to be in the running for $100,000. It’s exciting. Nationwide does a great job promoting our series and the Dash 4 Cash adds a whole other level. As competitors we all want to win, but this definitely puts a larger spotlight on these next four races.”

Smith, Sieg, Reed, Clements, and the rest of the Nationwide Series field will take to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s racing surface for two practices later today in preparation for the Sta-Green 200.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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