Four NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers and four lucky fans will be gunning for an extra $100,000 in Friday's Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage, the final installment of the Dash 4 Cash program sponsored by Nationwide Insurance.
Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Truex and Kenny Wallace will race for the money, which will be awarded to the highest finishing driver in Friday night's race.
The four fans chosen by www.nascar.com to be eligible for the bonus money are Christopher Bream (Elgin, Texas), Jason Brecht (Pearland, Texas), Joseph Thornton (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Michael Fender (Jacksonville, Fla.).
The fans will be randomly matched with a driver during Friday's pre-race festivities and the fan matched to the highest finisher will also earn $100,000.
"It's a race within a race," Sadler said. "I've been in the last two of them, and in both of them we found ourselves kind of figuring what the other guys were doing in the Dash 4 Cash."
Wallace was pondering his plans to win the bonus money, thinking out loud: "Maybe I can out-fuel-mileage these guys. Maybe I can wreck 'em. I don't know if I can outrun 'em."
Asked what they would do with the $100,000, the drivers had widely divergent answers:
- Sadler - "We just added on to my house because we're about to have a new addition to my family in a couple weeks. And my wife has always wanted a swimming pool, so after the Daytona race, when we were running for the Dash 4 Cash, I told her if we get this Dash 4 Cash I'll get you a swimming pool. And so I had to go to the hardware store and get an above ground pool because we lost that one on the last lap. So we'll try again, and maybe I can throw away that pool when I get home."
- Stenhouse Jr. - "I'd save it and build it up. I don't even have a house yet, so I need to keep saving."
- Truex - "I'm gonna go race again. I'm going to try to run Homestead or Texas if I can. That's close to enough money to run a race, so I think that'd be a good way to spend it."
- Wallace - "I would save it, too. When Felix (Sabates) fired me in 1993... I'll never forget that as long as I live. I swore nobody would have me by the throat again. I'm like a gerbil, so I'll save that money for a rainy day."