The eNASCAR Heat Pro League Championship 4 is set following Wednesday night’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Team Penske Esports, JR Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Gaming and Leavine Family Gaming surviving a pair of wild races to advance to the finale at ISM Raceway.
All four spots were up for grabs in the Round of 6, with a mere five points separating the bottom five teams entering the night. Only Team Penske Esports sat in a comfortable position – 17 points to the good of the cutline – but even that team was in danger of falling late after an abysmal finish in the opening Xbox race.
Strategy was king in that race as a pair of Playoff teams gambled on fuel and came out on top. SHG_Slick_14x from the Stewart-Haas Gaming camp scored yet another victory on the season, passing JR Motorsports’ JRM_Dohar88 with one to go and cruising to the line.
"Had enough (fuel) to go for the win at the end but points were more important," Dohar admitted. "We didn’t need the victory today. That will come in two weeks at the finale."
Behind them was a trio of non-Playoff drivers in JMacAttack, Mordog5 and mrTRACKBAR35. TheBolt18 was the next closest championship contender in sixth, with the rest finishing 10th or worse.
The missteps in the Xbox event set up a pressure-packed race for the PlayStation cohorts, where any mistake could cost the team a shot at advancing to the finale. Three- and four-wide racing left competitors with bent e-metal and hurt feelings, and ultimately led to a late-race caution.
On the final green-white-checkered restart, Leavine Family Gaming’s ThAbEaR95 rocketed past NickJobes25 and set sail to claim his second win in the 2019 Playoffs. xX_Fluffy_Xx recovered to finish second, but it was not enough to push Roush Fenway Gaming to the next round. A trio of non-Playoff drivers once again rounded out the Top 5 in Jobes, Sloppy_Joe_YT and Mike_RPM44.
Voltage20 was unable to recover after early troubles and finished 12th, knocking Gibbs Gaming out in the Round of 6.
Teams will now pack their bags and travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the live championship race Oct. 23. Live coverage will begin at 7:30 pm ET on eNASCAR.com.