eNASCAR Heat Pro League draft is complete
Esports | March 11th, 2019
704Games, NASCAR and Race Team Alliance held the first eNASCAR Heat Pro League Draft Sunday with 28 esport drivers selected by NASCAR teams at ISM Raceway.
A total of 13 NASCAR race teams from the RTA and JR Motorsports were on-hand to draft 28 drivers for the new esports league whose races will debut in May.
The eNASCAR Heat Pro League, a collaboration between 704Games, RTA, and NASCAR, is played on NASCAR Heat 3, the newest iteration of the NASCAR video game franchise.
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Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) began the draft with the first selection on Xbox One. CGR driver Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro, was on hand to announce their first pick of Greg Matarazzo.
“I’ve been a gamer and NASCAR fan my entire life,” Matarazzo said. “I’ve played every single game and I used to race go-karts growing up. Those two things fuel my passion for NASCAR. I never would have thought I would be a pack, let alone the first pick of the draft. This is my dream – what I’ve always wanted to happen.”
4 participants and selected 16-year-old Slade Gravitt of Cumming, Ga.
“I’ve been a NASCAR fan since I was four years old and started playing NASCAR games four years ago,” Gravitt said. “Getting the online experience with NASCAR games has been awesome.”
The eNASCAR Heat Pro League Draft, which was live-streamed on eNASCAR.com, Twitch, and Motorsport.com featured a variety of NASCAR stars including NASCAR President Steve Phelps, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and current drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, Bubba Wallace, Austin Dillon and Ryan Preece.
Once the season begins in May, these esport drivers will compete across a 16-race season. The full draft results can be seen below.
Official Xbox One Draft Results:
Chip Ganassi Racing – Greg MatarazzoNick VromanJR Motorsports – Tyler DoharTeam Penske – Brian TedeschiRoush Fenway Racing – Nick WalkerRichard Petty Motorsports – Diego AlvaradoStewart-Haas Racing – Josh ShoemakerHendrick Motorsports – Sam MorrisJoe Gibbs Racing – Daniel ButtafuocoJTG Daugherty Racing – Justin BrooksGoFas Racing – Matt HealeRichard Childress Racing – Jordan McGrawGermain Racing – Jacob KerrWood Brothers Racing – Casey Gomme
Official PlayStation 4 Draft Results:
Slade GravittGermain Racing – William ArnoldRichard Childress Racing – Joey StoneGoFas Racing – Hunter MullinsJTG Daugherty Racing – Zach OnsonJoe Gibbs Racing – TJ McGowanHendrick Motorsports – Nick JobesStewart-Haas Racing – Brandyn GrittonRichard Petty Motorsports – Mike BraasRoush Fenway Racing – Cody GilesTeam Penske – Corey RothgebJR Motorsports – Jason KefferLeavine Family Racing – Josh HarbinChip Ganassi Racing – Josh Parker