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Heat Pro League: Segment 1 reaches wild conclusion at New Hampshire


There was no shortage of action Wednesday night as the eNASCAR Heat Pro League visited the virtual New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Storylines ran rampant in both divisions, as two competitors picked up their first wins of the season and two other gamers punched their ticket to the 2020 season finale.

New for 2020, the eNASCAR Heat Pro League season is broken up into three four-race segments – with the points leader at each segment conclusion earning an automatic bid into the championship finale. Following competitions at Homestead, Watkins Glen and Dover, New Hampshire was set to play host to the Segment 1 finale.

The PlayStation 4 division took center stage first, with veteran driver Josh Harbin outdueling 2019 champion Brandyn Gritton to claim the victory. Harbin took the fight to Gritton late in the final run before finally completing the pass with seven laps to go. He’d set sail from there to pick up his first win of the season.

However, all eyes were on the driver behind the battle for the lead. Ganassi Gaming’s Maxwell Castro surged to third in the closing laps to solidify his position atop the Segment 1 standings, and with it, a spot in the championship race in July. It’s a change of pace for Ganassi Gaming, who failed to reach the Playoffs in 2019.

Former Ganassi driver Josh Parker finished fourth behind Castro, with Joey Stone rounding out the top five.

A rough and rowdy Xbox race took place next, with a flurry of cautions highlighting the first half of the race before turning into a strategy-filled battle. Slade Gravitt – who started dead last in the field – managed to execute a flawless fuel gamble to go from worst to first and win his first race of 2020.

Castro’s teammate brought home a second-place effort to cap off a huge night for Ganassi Gaming. Tyler Dohar, Jose Ruiz and Nick Walker rounded out the top five.

Absent from that group are Segment 1 standouts Daniel Buttafuoco and Justin Brooks, who accounted for the first three race wins of 2020. Their choice to not play the strategy game resulted in frustrating finishes – sixth for Buttafuoco and eighth for Brooks. Despite losing out in the head-to-head, Brooks managed to win Segment 1 courtesy of his earlier race wins (2). He joins Castro in the 2020 season finale.

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League returns next Thursday at 8 PM ET for the start of Segment 2. Catch live coverage on eNASCAR.com/live.

Race Results

PlayStation 4 Division

1. Josh Harbin – Leavine Family Gaming
2. Brandyn Gritton – Stewart-Haas eSports
3. Maxwell Castro – Germain Gaming
4. Josh Parker – Gibbs Gaming
5. Joey Stone – RCR eSports
6. Mike Braas – Petty eSports
7. Cody Giles – Wood Brothers Gaming
8. Kyle Arnold – Germain Gaming
9. Corey Rothgeb – Team Penske eSports
10. Jason Mitchell – GoFas Gaming
11. Joe Gornick – JR Motorsports
12. Nick Jobes – Hendrick Motorsports GC
13. TJ McGowan – JTG Daugherty Throttlers
14. Brandon Hanna – Roush Fenway Gaming

Xbox One Division

1. Slade Gravitt – Wood Brothers Gaming
2. Luis Zaiter – Ganassi Gaming
3. Tyler Dohar – JR Motorsports
4. Jose Ruiz – Leavine Family Gaming
5. Nick Walker – Roush Fenway Gaming
6. Daniel Buttafuoco – Germain Gaming
7. Mitch Diamond – RCR eSports
8. Justin Brooks – JTG Daugherty Throttlers
9. Riley Ogle – GoFas Gaming
10. Diego Alvarado – Petty eSports
11. Matthew Heale – Gibbs Gaming
12. Brian Tedeschi – Team Penske eSports
13. Sam Morris – Hendrick Motorsports GC
14. Matthew Selby – Stewart-Haas eSports