By David Morgan, Associate Editor
After Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway, it looked as if Noah Gragson would be walking away with another $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus following his fourth-place finish in the Steakhouse Elite 200.
That is, until his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet failed post-race inspection, leading to a disqualification and ruining his streak of winning the first three Dash4Cash bonuses.
Per NASCAR Xfinity Series Managing Director Wayne Auton, Gragson’s car failed Section 20.14.c of the rulebook, which states: “All suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension and/or drivetrain component beyond normal rotation or suspension and/or drivetrain travel.”
As a result, Gragson was dropped from fourth to 40th in the final running order and the $100,000 payday instead went to 12th place finisher AJ Allmendinger, who placed his Kaulig Racing machine ahead of the other two Dash4Cash contenders, Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric.
The final race in the Dash4Cash will take place next weekend at Dover International Speedway, with Darlington winner Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, and Allmendinger vying for the fourth and final $100,000 bonus up for grabs this season.