Ryan Preece won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway to take home the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
Preece passed Brandon Jones for the top spot after a restart with 10 laps to go and went on to take the checkered flag. It was his second career victory and earned Preece the extra cash as he was the best finishing driver of the four eligible for the payday.
“I got to thank everybody last year for helping me make this all possible,” Preece said. “Without last year, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now. I wouldn’t would sitting in Bristol Victory Lane in an Xfinity Series car with Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I’m kind of at a loss for words.”
Preece has two wins, six top fivess and seven top-10 finishes in his last seven Xfinity starts.
“Words can’t even describe,” Preece said. “My mom’s super happy, my dad’s super happy – I’m 27 years old and I’m not getting any younger. I’m looking for opportunities. We did it last year at Iowa and now we did it here at Bristol. I hope I don’t get labeled as a short track racer, I want to win on mile-and-a-halves soon.
“Nothing beats winning. That’s what I told somebody earlier today. They asked me what was the most exciting thing and I said winning – I hate losing more than winning. Today we did it.”
Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallagher rounded out the top five.
“That guy drove his tail off and stepped up when he had to,” Hemric said.
Hemric’s car failed post race inspection with a mechanical measurement and he initially was not going to be eligible as one of the four drivers in next week’s Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Richmond Raceway. But after further review of the post-race inspection, NASCAR ruled that Hemric’s Dash 4 Cash eligibility was unaffected.
Allgaier, Hemric, Sadler and Gallagher will be the quartet. Preece isn’t eligible because he was not entered in the race prior to the deadline.
Jones, who led a race-high 106 laps, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Ross Chastain and Ryan Truex completed the first 10 finishers.
Christopher Bell, who was eligible for the $100,000, was taken out in an early crash one of several drivers involved in the day’s numerous accidents.
“That’s the second time this weekend that I’ve crashed from guys going seconds off the pace,” Bell said. “Can’t slow down whenever they spin out and it’s frustrating,’’
There were 13 caution flags the most for a series race at Bristol since 2006.
Bell and Preece won the opening two stages.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series now heads to Richmond Raceway next Friday night.
This story was updated