Harbin/Gravitt take eNASCAR Heat Pro League wins at NHMS
Esports | May 14th, 2020
The first segment of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League closed out Wednesday with twin 55-lap races at virtual New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Brandyn Gritton of Stewart-Haas eSports led the field to the green flag for the first 55-lap race of the evening.
He held station until Joe Gornick put the bumper to him, taking over the lead ten laps into the race.
Most of the field filed down pit road right around halfway for green-flag pit stops with Gritton retaking the lead from Gornic through the cycle.
With 18 laps remaining, a caution changed everything. Joey Stone and Nick Jobes put themselves out front with a strategy gamble, but would not be able to hold on as they were quickly swallowed up following the restart.
Gritton was able to move back into the lead, but Josh Harbin was in hot pursuit.
With seven laps to go, he was able to complete the pass and take over the lead. From that point onward, the battle was really for second as Cody Giles, Gritton and Maxwell Castro went at it for position.
Despite some contact, they kept the cars pointed the right direction and Gritton came away with the runner-up position just ahead of Castro, who leads the points standings at the conclusion of Segment 1.
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Harbin was able to cruise to the checkered flag and take the win for Leavine Family Gaming, ended up eight points shy of Castro in the standings.
Josh Parker and Stone rounded out the top-five in the results table.
PS4 Driver Standings
Pos. / Points / Driver
1. 101 Maxwell Castro
2. 93 Josh Harbin
3. 92 Kyle Arnold
4. 87 Nick Jobes
5. 87 Jason Mitchell
6. 78 Brandyn Gritton
7. 75 Mike Braas
8. 72 Joey Stone
9. 72 Cody Giles
10. 67 Corey Rothgeb
11. 61 Josh Parker
12. 52 Joe Gornick
13. 47 Brandon Hanna
14. 36 TJ McGowan
Justin Brooks of the JTG Daugherty Throttlers led the way at the start of Race 2, but an early rash of yellows would plague the event.
There were two cautions in a hectic opening ten laps with the lead swapping hands between Brooks, Luis Zaiter and even Diego Alvarado before Daniel Buttafuoco emerged out front.
Somehow this race is even crazier than the first one!
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Buttafuoco remained in control through another set of yellows and led Brooks until both drivers dove to pit road with nine laps to go.
That cleared the way for Slade Gravitt to move into the race lead, hanging on against a hard-charging Zaiter to win by just under half a second. It was an impressive win from the back row of the grid for the Wood Brothers Gaming driver.
Tyler Dohar, Jose Ruiz and Nick Walker rounded out the top-five.
Brooks would finish eighth, but that was enough to hold onto the Segment 1 championship lead, eight points clear of Buttafuoco who finished sixth.
The series goes back road racing next week with the NASCAR Truck Series at Mid-Ohio.
Xbox Driver Standings
Pos. / Points / Driver
1. 121 Justin Brooks
2. 113 Daniel Buttafuoco
3. 107 Slade Gravitt
4. 94 Luis Zaiter
5. 84 Nick Walker
6. 68 Tyler Dohar
7. 66 Mitch Diamond
8. 62 Matthew Heale
9. 61 Matthew Selby
10. 56 Riley Ogle
11. 55 Jose Ruiz
12. 55 Diego Alvarado
13. 54 Brian Tedeschi
14. 44 Sam Morris