Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell head into Saturday’s Alsco 300 at the top of the Xfinity points race. Reddick, the defending series champion, is the points leader and Bell trails him by 12 points.
Those two, along with Michael Annett — who is fourth in the standings, 59 points behind Reddick — and Chase Briscoe, are more concerned about winning the Dash 4 Cash.
BMS is the first of four stops for the Dash 4 Cash prize. The highest-finishing car among Reddick, Bell, Annett and Briscoe on Saturday will win a $100,000 bonus and automatically be in the four-car Dash 4 Cash field at the next Xfinity race, April 12 in Richmond.
Reddick, driving a car sponsored by country music legend and business mogul Dolly Parton and all of her East Tennessee attractions — including Dollywood — on Saturday, said the six-figure bonus and having Dolly on the car take precedence 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,” Reddick said.
“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.”
But does sacrificing points also include risking the possibility of taking out another Dash 4 Cash participant during the race? It’s not off the table.
“There’s a fine line between bumping and wrecking,” Reddick noted.
“What if we’re on the bottom and I can’t slide-bump?” Reddick questioned Bell during a discussion between the drivers on Friday inside the BMS media center.
“I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out,” Bell responded. “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. on Saturday.
The 300-lap event will feature three stages in the 159.9-mile race. Stage 1 runs for the first 85 laps, the second ends at lap 170 and the final stage runs to the checkered flag.