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Allmendinger Beats Gragson and Haley in Dash 4 Cash at Homestead

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

It might’ve not been an ideal race for Kaulig Racing, but all three entries finished in the top-six with fourth-place A.J. Allmendinger taking the spotlight once again following Sunday’s Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

That’s because he was able to work his way from 38th place to score his second straight top-five. More importantly, winning the Dash 4 Cash which made him $100,000 richer and eligible for the bonus once again heading into next Saturday’s Unhinged 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Allmendinger’s road towards the Xfinity bonus was a nail biter as soon as he got his lap back following Austin Cindric’s right rear tire going down in Turn 3, forcing the race into overtime.

From there, it was on for the Atlanta winner as he just escaped being collected in a multi-car crash on the backstretch. Riley Herbst pulled the block on Allmendinger, but it backfired and it sent him around. The incident also collected JR Motorsports teammates Michael Annett and fellow Dash 4 Cash competitor Daniel Hemric.

The second overtime really got intense as Allmendinger would put himself in prime position for the $100K after contact between pole sitter Myatt Snider and Noah Gragson, who was also competing for the bonus.

As Gragson fell back and lost a shot of winning his third race of 2020, the Dash 4 Cash boiled down to Allmendinger and teammate Justin Haley.

The two battled but in the end, it was Allmendinger’s No. 16 Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet Camaro that barely ended up taking the check over Gragson and Haley, who crossed the line behind him.

Following the race, Allmendinger shared his thoughts of winning the Dash 4 Cash and where the money will go to:

Joining Allmendinger in the next Dash 4 Cash will be race winner Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones (who came up just short of winning), and Allmendinger’s teammate Ross Chastain.

Live coverage of the 113-lap race begins June 20 at 5:30 pm EST on FS1.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a four-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.