Brooks and Jobes win eNASCAR Heat Pro League openers at Homestead
The eNASCAR Heat Pro League returned for its second season at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday evening
The league, a collaboration among Motorsport Games, NASCAR and the Race Team Alliance, features 14 eNASCAR teams and is played on NASCAR Heat 4, the newest iteration of the NASCAR video game franchise.
Each team features one Xbox player and one PlayStation 4 player.
In the opening Xbox race, Justin Brooks of the JTG Daugherty Throttlers led the field to the green flag in the season-opener, which quickly went under yellow due to a first-lap crash on Lap 1.
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Diego Alvarado was able to get out front on the ensuing restart and led until he made a scheduled green-flag stop halfway through the race.
The caution flag flew once more with 23 laps to go and it was Slade Gravitt who took control on the restart.
The battle from that point onward was fierce with nothing between the frontrunners as they sliced and diced for the top spot. Ultimately, Brooks would prevail and maintain control despite an attempt by Gravitt on the inside.
A late caution set up a two-lap shootout, which turned out to be no issue for Brooks. While Daniel Buttafuoco and Gravitt battled over second, Brooks was able to skip away and take the win for JTG.
On the PS4 side, Hendrick Motorsports GC driver Nick Jobes put in a fuel conservation masterclass to collect victory from Petty eSports' Mike Braas.
Leavine Family Gaming's Josh Harbin led the field to the green flag, and the tempo of the 50-lap race was high from the beginning with the leaders all vying to command the early laps.
Brandyn Gritton (Stewart-Haas Gaming) claimed the race lead on the opening lap, but Brandon Hanna (Roush Fenway Gaming) ended up on top of the fight, followed closely by Josh Parker (Gibbs Gaming) and Joe Gornick (JR Motorsports).
They were able to get away from the rest of the pack, but fuel conservation quickly became a factor.
Hanna returned to the race lead after the first set of stops, but he needed to make a second stop with 15 laps to go.
The lead changed hands several times over the next few laps, and only in the final seven laps did the picture become clearer.
Nick Jobes was saving fuel all race and appeared to have enough in the tank as he took over the race lead. Ultimately, Jobes was able to take the checkered flag and delivered the team their first victory.
Xbox One results
|1||Justin Brooks||mrTrackbar33||JTG Daugherty Throttlers|
|2||Slade Gravitt||SladeG84||Wood Brothers Gaming|
|3||Daniel Buttafuoco||LuckyDog385||Germain Gaming|
|4||Nick Walker||wowTHATSgarbage||Roush Fenway Gaming|
|5||Matthew Selby||SHRe Slick 4||Stewart-Haas eSports|
|6||Mitch Diamond||Diamond 20x||RCR eSports|
|7||Matthew Heale||RowdyMatt51||Gibbs Gaming|
|8||Brian Tedeschi||ShellVPower22||Team Penske eSports|
|9||Diego Alvarado||DiegoxAlv||Petty eSports|
|10||Luis Zaiter||CGM x Rose||Chip Ganassi Gaming|
|11||Riley Ogle||Lil snaac||GoFas Gaming|
|12||Sam Morris||Mordog5||Hendrick Motorsports GC|
|13||Tyler Dohar||JRM Dohar 88||JR Motorsports|
|14||Jose Ruiz||JOSE 720||Leavine Family Gaming|
Playstation 4 results
|1||Nick Jobes||NJobes25||Hendrick Motorsports GC|
|2||Mike Braas||MikeRPM44||Petty eSports|
|3||Jason Mitchell||GoFasJason32||GoFas Gaming|
|4||Mathew Billingsley||scoutbonk18-||JTG Daugherty Throttlers|
|5||Maxwell Castro||MaxBoost27||Chip Ganassi Gaming|
|6||Brandyn Gritton||SHRe_HotRod_14||Stewart-Haas eSports|
|7||Corey Rothgeb||Wurth_2||Team Penske eSports|
|8||Kyle Arnold||KyleArnold13||Germain Gaming|
|9||Brandon Hanna||cheezuh||Roush Fenway Gaming|
|10||Joe Gornick||JRM Gornick 7||JR Motorsports|
|11||Josh Harbin||ThAbEaR_95||Leavine Family Gaming|
|12||Josh Parker||TheBolt_Parker18||Gibbs Gaming|
|13||Joey Stone||Sloppy_Joe_YT||RCR eSports|
|14||Cody Giles||xX_Fluffy_Xx2||Wood Brothers Gaming|