Preece claims win, Dash 4 Cash prize at Bristol


By Dominic Aragon

April 14, 2018


BRISTOL, Tenn.—When the checkered flag flew in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, Ryan Preece won the race—and the XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash—at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday.


Preece led the final ten laps of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 as four fresh tires from final pit stops during the final caution prevailed to leader Brandon Jones’ two-tire call.


In addition to his race winnings, Preece takes home the $100,000 prize as the Dash 4 Cash winner.


“I’m looking for opportunities,” Preece said. “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.”


Altogether, Preece won Stage 2 of the race and led four times for a total of 39 laps.


The victory was Preece’s second career win in the series.


OTHER DASH 4 CASH DRIVERS

Cole Custer

Custer finished eighth after starting from the pole.


“We were pretty fast at the start and I made a mistake speeding on pit road and that put us behind,” Custer said.

“We just didn’t have anything after about 40 laps. We worked hard and I thought we had a lot better shot at it, but we’ll move on to the next one.”


Daniel Hemric

Hemric finished third after starting in fourth place.


The Richard Childress Racing driver earned 18 stage points in the race and led twice for 61 laps.


Christopher Bell

Bell crashed out of the race and finished 29th after starting third.


The Joe Gibbs Racing driver won Stage 1.


During the final stage of the race, Bell spun in Turn 3. when Vinnie Miller and Cody Ware made contact ahead of him on lap 141, sliding into their crash.


“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.


“We had a really fast GameStop Camry and I don’t know, just trying to get the top in pretty much all race long.”


NEXT WEEK

The next stop for the series is next Friday night at Richmond Raceway. The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1.


Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Spencer Gallagher and Brandon Jones will compete for the Dash 4 Cash next week.


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SOURCES

Ford Performance

Racing-Reference.info

Toyota Racing