Heat Pro League veterans dominate 2020 season opener

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League was back in action Wednesday night for the 2020 season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway - and it was a night to remember for Season 1 veterans.

Justin Brooks, who dominated much of the 2019 season for JTG Daugherty Throttlers, returned to his winning ways on the Xbox side of things. He started from pole in his No. 37 entry and outdueled the field to open the 2020 campaign with a victory. For the record, that’s win No. 4 for Brooks in just 13 career races – pretty dominant win percentage to say the least.

Several returning drivers gave him a run for his money – quite literally, with the winner earning a cool $2,000 – but were unable to make a pass when it counted most. Slade Gravitt was forced to settle for second for Wood Brothers Gaming with Germain Gaming’s Daniel Buttafuoco rounding out the Xbox podium. Nick Walker finished fourth for Roush Fenway Gaming and Matthew Selby earned a top-five finish in his first race with Stewart-Haas eSports.

WATCH: Full-race replay from Homestead

The PlayStation boys were next up and boy did they put on a show. A clean race from start-to-finish saw Hendrick GC’s Nick Jobes claw his way from 11th on the grid and run a flawless pit strategy to earn his first career victory. Despite going winless in 2019, Hendrick continued to believe in Jobes and kept him on the roster to run the No. 25 Ally machine. And tonight, Jobes paid it all back.

Mike Braas, another driver who struggled in 2019, kicked his season off right this time around with a runner-up finish for PETTY eSports. Newcomer Jason Mitchell of GoFas Gaming finished third ahead of Brooks’ JTG teammate Mathew Billingsley and Ganassi Gaming’s Maxwell Castro.

Brooks and Billingsley’s first and fourth place efforts puts JTG Daugherty Throttlers atop the point standings early on ahead of Hendrick GC and PETTY eSports.

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League returns to action next Wednesday, April 29, where drivers will go road course racing at Watkins Glen International. Coverage kicks off at 8 P.M. ET on eNASCAR.com/live.

eNHPL Results – Homestead

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