Drivers in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will have the opportunity to earn up to $500,000 in bonus money this season.
As part of its series of announcements today at NASCAR’s R&D Center, the sanctioning body revealed it will hold a “Triple Truck Challenge” consisting of June’s three consecutive Truck Series races at Texas, Iowa and Gateway. The program will offer drivers $50,000 if they win one of the three races. A driver who wins two of the three races will earn $150,000, and if a driver wins all three, they will pocket $500,000.
Only drivers who have declared for points in the Truck Series will be eligible to enter the three races and compete for the bonus money.
The challenge is the Truck Series version of “Dash 4 Cash,” which has been a popular program in the Xfinity Series since 2009.
“It’s neat in the sense that it’s a little bit different,” said Ben Kennedy, the managing director of racing operations and international development, to NASCAR.com. “There’s no qualifying ahead of time or any of that. It’s solely focused on the Truck Series drivers — you have to declare driver points in order to participate and then you’ve also got to win. It focuses on winning.”
NASCAR also announced that only drivers who have declared for Truck Series points will be eligible to run the Gander Outdoor Series season finale at Homestead in November.