The virtual Kansas Speedway will shine bright tonight as the eNASCAR Heat Pro League takes center stage for Round 2 of the inaugural Playoffs. Eight teams enter the 1.5-mile oval with their championship hopes still alive, but at the end of the night, two will see their playoff runs end.
Before we take the green flag, let’s preview how each remaining team stacks up:
Team Penske Esports
Whether it’s on the track or on the sticks, you know Team Penske has one goal: Win. Anything less than a championship will be a failure for the team in black slacks and white button ups. Luckily there’s not much to worry about in the Team Penske Esports camp – yet.
Since their season-opening win at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Team Penske Esports has been a staple at the top of the points standings – and that continues throughout the early part of these Playoffs. The championship leaders sit 39 points above the cut line and are a virtual lock to move on to Round 3.
Roush Fenway Gaming
Much like their Ford counterparts, Roush Fenway Gaming has enjoyed a healthy bit of success throughout this inaugural season. They enter tonight’s race 29 points above the cut line, and barring a catastrophic failure, should have no problem moving on with their title dreams intact.
Arguably the most dominant team this season, Stewart-Haas Gaming enters Kansas Speedway looking to rebound after a less than stellar outing in Las Vegas. The team knows how to capture race wins, but their inability to be consistent has relegated them to third in the standings. There’s not too much to worry about for them in Kansas, courtesy of a 28-point cushion, but now is the time to return to form.
Leavine Family Gaming
Fresh off a win two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Leavine Family Gaming enters tonight’s race with a solid bit of momentum. Josh Harbin aka ‘ThAbEaR95’ continues to carry the banner for that organization and will look to go back-to-back at the league’s second straight 1.5-mile track. Fourth in the standings and 22 points clear of the drop zone, expect smooth sailing from Leavine Family Gaming.
When you drive for a man that has won on the biggest of stages – we’re talking Daytona 500s, Super Bowls, MENCS championships… the list goes on – you better pull those eBelts tight and drop the hammer. That’s the Gibbs way.
Unfortunately for JGR, their esports duo remains empty in the win column this season. They’ve led laps and contended for wins up until this point, but have not slammed the door shut. It’s not time to panic as they enter Kansas with a 21-point cushion over the cut line, but you know they’re hungry to win like their Cup and Xfinity counterparts.
Driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Playoffs? No pressure.
While they remain winless on the season, the two JRM drivers have been a model of consistency up until this point, earning a berth in Round 2 of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League Playoffs. But Top 5 finishes will only propel them so far as we close in on the championship finale. They need to win, and they need to win now to make a statement. Look for Dohar and Keffer to really turn up the wick tonight.
Wood Brothers Gaming
Wood Brothers Gaming enters Kansas as the first team below the cut line, 15 points adrift from JR Motorsports. It’s not a mountain too tall to climb, but they’ll need to impress in both the Xbox and PlayStation races to have any shot at advancing.
After narrowly advancing to Round 2 via a tiebreaker, GoFas Gaming is playing with house money. They trail JR Motorsports by 16 points and will likely need to visit Victory Lane in at least one of the races to keep their championship run alive.
Who will advance and who will go home? Join us tonight to find out! Coverage of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League refreshed by Coca-Cola begins at 7:30 pm ET on eNASCAR.com.