Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, was victorious at Phoenix Raceway after leading 85 of the 200 laps, and he also claimed $100,000 that was awarded in the first NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race of the 2017 season.
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, finished second, while Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Reser's Main St Bistro Toyota, finished in third.
In addition to Allgaier, the four Dash 4 Cash finalists today included William Byron, driver of the No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet, Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet and Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 42 Broken Bow Records Chevrolet. The four finalists were determined as they were the top qualifiers following the first two stages of the race. The Dash 4 Cash races were designed to showcase the talents of XFINITY series regulars and make them more familiar to race fans.
Allgaier averaged 91.013 miles per hour throughout the race said last year as rough, despite having good runs which never placed him in Victory Lane.
"These guys fought hard," Allgaier said, "like the same group of guys that we had last year. These guys didn't give up, the pit crew did awesome; they gave me great pit stops. I knew it was going to come down to a short run at the end and I knew we had the car. We just needed a restart at the end, and we got that."
The 200-mile race saw a total of nine cautions, one of which was due to an incident involving No. 2 Austin Dillon, No. 00 Cole Custer and No. 39 Ryan Sieg. Contact between Custer and Dillon triggered the wreck, and Dillon retaliated under caution. He was subsequently parked by NASCAR.
Tomorrow's feature event -- the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 -- gets the green flag at 12:30 p.m., local time.
Written by Nicole Ellan James