Coming off a hard-fought third-place finish in Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric has once again qualified for the Xfinity Racing Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus this weekend at Richmond Raceway.
The sophomore driver was one of the four drivers eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol but came up just short to eventual race winner Ryan Preece. Hemric won the Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol in April 2017.
This weekend, Hemric will once again have a shot to race for $100,000. He will go up against Justin Allgaier, Spencer Gallagher and Elliott Sadler for the prize. The highest-finishing of the four drivers will take home the big check.
“It’s definitely special to have the chance to race for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash, so thanks to Comcast and Xfinity for the opportunity to do that,” Hemric said after his third-place run at Bristol.
Hemric’s inclusion in the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program at Richmond was not without its controversy, however.
During post-race inspection at Bristol, NASCAR determined the right-side toe of the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet did not meet the measurement requirements listed in the rule book.
The sanctioning body determined the team violated the rules, Hemric was pulled from the Dash 4 Cash program and penalties were expected.
However, after looking closely at the measurements and reading more thoroughly into the rule book on Saturday night and Sunday morning, NASCAR determined the No. 21 team did not violate the rules and no penalties would be handed out.
On Sunday morning, Xfinity Series director Wayne Auton explained NASCAR’s decision not to penalize the No. 21 team.
“After going back and looking at the rule book and making we had all of our I’s dotted and T’s crossed – we didn’t announce any penalties (on Saturday) – but we are here to announce that there will be no penalties to the No. 21 car,” said Auton.
This put Hemric back into the Dash 4 Cash program and once again gave him the chance to race for the Xfinity $100,000 bonus, plus an additional $10,000 that would be donated to low-income families in the Richmond race market to help provide better and faster Internet service.
“Anytime young racers like ourselves have the opportunity to not only affect what fans see on the racetrack but to know that we have an impact on the local community and to know we have the ability to help a low-income family acquire Internet access, acquire all of the things that we all need to go through our day-to-day lives – everything we do is through some kind of Internet service – to know Comcast and Xfinity are allowing us to be a part of something like this is really special,” said Hemric.