eNHPL: Tedeschi, Harbin lock into championship battle after wild card showdown
THE VIRTUAL DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –– Two more drivers locked themselves into the eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship race following a pair of “wild card” races on Wednesday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Justin Brooks came away as the winner on the XBOX side for the seventh time this season, holding off Slade Gravitt on the final lap for the victory.
Both Brooks and Gravitt were already locked in to the title battle, so the third place finisher, Brian Tedeschi, scored the highest finish among the non-locked in drivers in the race, propelling him back to the championship round for the second straight season.
Josh Harbin held off the entirety of the PS4 field to win and cement his place in the championship round, also for the second straight season. Harbin held on through a pair of overtime restarts over Brandyn Gritton for the win.
Harbin joins Gritton, Maxwell Castro, and Josh Parker in the championship hunt on the PS4 side, while Tedeschi, Brooks, Gravitt, and Daniel Buttafuoco advance from the XBOX side.
.@JTGRacing‘s Justin Brooks adds another W to the résumé!
And with his third-place result, @PenskeESports‘ Brian Tedeschi advances to the #eNASCARHeat finale.
PS4 drivers are gridding up next: https://t.co/pKBfkg6Ln4 pic.twitter.com/esZeBIM2zY
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 30, 2020
Per the broadcast duo of Hannah Newhouse and Russell Cox, the championship event, officially scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th, 2020, will be nothing anyone has seen before, as far as it is concerned with the Pro League.
Eight drivers, all from different organizations, will fight for a drivers championship this season, contrary to the inaugural season in which a team was crowned as the champion.
In 2019, Stewart-Haas eSports (formerly Stewart-Haas Gaming) won the title in a tiebreaker with Leavine Family Gaming. Team Penske Esports and JR Motorsports also fought in the championship. Brandyn Gritton was on the title winning team alongside former SHR driver Josh Shoemaker.
Harbin and Tedeschi also battled for the championship last season with the same teams they are with again in 2020.
Mr. Clutch! 💪
Josh Harbin clinches his spot in the #eNASCARHeat championship race with a monster win at @DISupdates. pic.twitter.com/xr9Q7CnaTs
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 30, 2020
XBOX Daytona Wild Card Results:
- 37 – Justin Brooks – JTG Daughery Throttlers
- 21 – Slade Gravitt – Wood Brothers Gaming
- 22 – Brian Tedeschi – Team Penske eSports
- 13 – Daniel Buttafuoco – Germain Gaming
- 6 – Casey Masser – Roush Fenway Gaming
- 95 – Jose Ruiz – Leavine Family Gaming
- 51 – Matthew Heale – Gibbs Gaming
- 5 – Sam Morris – Hendrick Motorsports GC
- 3 – Jordan McGraw – RCR eSports
- 4 – Matthew Selby – Stewart-Haas eSports
- 88 – Tyler Dohar – JR Motorsports
- 42 – Luis Zaiter – Chip Ganassi Gaming
- 32 – Riley Ogle – GoFas Gaming
- 43 – Diego Alvarado – Petty eSports
PS4 Daytona Wild Card Results:
- 95 – Josh Harbin – Leavine Family Gaming
- 14 – Brandyn Gritton – Stewart-Haas eSports
- 16 – Cody Giles – Wood Brothers Gaming
- 18 – Josh Parker – Gibbs Gaming
- 44 – Mike Braas – Petty eSports
- 2 – Corey Rothgeb – Team Penske eSports
- 13 – Kyle Arnold – Germain Gaming
- 32 – Jason Mitchell – GoFas Gaming
- 1 – Maxwell Castro – Chip Ganassi Gaming
- 25 – Nick Jobes – Hendrick Motorsports GC
- 8 – Joey Stone – RCR eSports
- 7 – Joe Gornick – JR Motorsports
- 17 – Brandon Hanna – Roush Fenway Gaming
- 47 – TJ McGowan – JTG Daugherty Throttlers
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