Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell head into Saturday’s race at the top of the Xfinity points race.
Reddick, the defending Xfinity champion, leads the series points with Bell trailing him by 12 points.
RACING FOR BIG MONEY
The two, along with Michael Annett — who is in fourth in the points standings, 59 points behind Reddick — and Chase Briscoe, are more concerned about winning the Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash prize this weekend.
BMS is the first of four stops for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 prize. The highest finishing car from the quartet of Reddick, Bell, Arnett and Briscoe will win a $100,000 bonus and will automatically be in the four-car Dash 4 Cash field at the next Xfinity race in Richmond on April 12.
Reddick, who is driving a car sponsored by county music legend and business mogul Dolly Parton and all of her East Tennessee attractions — including Dollywood — in Saturday’s race, said winning because of the six-figure cash bonus and because Dolly is on the car takes the lead over racing for points.
“It’s a big motivator on top of all the other reasons we normally have motivating us to do well in each given race. But to have the Dash 4 Cash on the line and to have Dolly Parton on the car, it’s a big weekend for Richard Childress Racing and myself,” said Reddick.
“Points aren’t really a big priority this weekend,” he said. “We have the Dash 4 Cash we’re worried about. So, if we lose a little bit on points it is what it is.
“We’ve got Dolly on the car, so we want to get her the win.
“Our emphasis is to finish as high as we can, which is pretty much our emphasis for every weekend we go into a race. But if we have to sacrifice some stage points for track position at the end of the race to go for that win and to go for that Dash 4 Cash, that’s going to be the goal.”
BUMP VS. WRECK
Does sacrificing points also include risking the possibility of taking out another Dash 4 Cash participant in the Xfinity race?
It’s not off the table.
“There’s a fine line between bumping and wrecking,” said Reddick. “What if we’re on the bottom and I can’t slide bump?” Reddick questioned Bell in a discussion between the two drivers Friday in the BMS media center.
“I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out,” Bell said in response. “But I will say, if I get wrecked on the last lap leading the race, I will be pissed.”
The Alsco 300 at BMS is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The 300-lap event will feature three stages in the 159.9-mile race. Stage 1 runs for the first 85 laps, with the second stage ending at lap 170 and the final stage running to the end of the 300 laps.