NASCAR XFINITY Series exhibits increasing depth

Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Ford, speaks to the media during a press conference after practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Ford, speaks to the media during a press conference after practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – To assess the depth of talent among NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars, look no further than the Dash 4 Cash program that awards $100,000 to the top finisher among four qualified drivers in four designated races, including Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol.

All told, nine different drivers have claimed the 12 Dash 4 Cash positions for the three races so far. Regan Smith has won the first two installments (at Dover and Indianapolis).

“We hear it all the time, wanting to know how healthy our sport is moving forward – drivers, young drives coming in, talented drivers coming in,” said Elliott Sadler, one of the four eligible Dash 4 Cash drivers at Bristol. “I think it shows that a lot of the (Sprint) Cup-affiliated teams across the board have got some good shoes in their cars, and I think that’s why so many different guys have qualified for the Dash 4 Cash.

“We’re lucky enough to be a part of it. A couple of years ago, it was the same three or four drivers in each Dash 4 Cash. This year, it seems like it’s a little bit more of a widespread group, so that means everybody is more on an equal playing field than what they were four or five years ago. That’s what it shows to me, that there’s a little more depth in this series than what it was, which is good for the sport.”

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