Dillon dashing up XFINITY standings

By NASCAR Wire Service

Sometimes second isn’t the first loser. Ty Dillon finished runner-up in last Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond International Raceway, and received a nice consolation prize – the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Dillon won his Heat to become eligible for the big-money award, then earned it by finishing highest among the four Dash 4 Cash drivers in the Main.

As a result of his strong showing, the Richard Childress Racing driver ascended from sixth in the standings to third, 19 points back from Daniel Suarez.

“This team has a whole lot of fight and was there with me at the end to give me a great race car,” Dillon said. “I really wanted to win this race today, and thought we had a chance at the end. It’s cool to win this Dash 4 Cash and I can’t thank XFINITY enough for allowing us to race this format.”

Dillon will continue to fight his way up the XFINITY Series standings in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway (3 p.m. ET on FOX). In three career starts at the Alabama track, Dillon has a high finish of eight. He won the ARCA race there in 2011.

“Talladega is awesome,” Dillon said. “We enjoy going there because it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our ECR Engines power, win a pole, race up front and hopefully score a victory. Superspeedway racing is something that I’ve always enjoyed. It’s challenging and requires a lot of strategic driving, which is right in my wheelhouse…

“I know our team puts a lot of hard work into our superspeedway race cars and I fully expect our team to compete for a win this weekend.”

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