Round two of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League preseason saw competitors take NASCAR Xfinity Series cars to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for some left and right turn action. Racers on both consoles took to the famous road course to prove themselves to eNASCAR teams as they look for an invite to the 2020 season.
The Xbox race kicked things off this week with a caution-free 18-lap event, a different sight compared to last week’s caution-filled race at Chicagoland. Once again, it was New Jersey driver Daniel Buttafuoco taking the win from the pole for the second week in a row, this time driving Chase Briscoe’s No. 98.
Buttafuoco led wire-to-wire for the win in the event, but it wasn’t a complete runaway for last year’s Gibbs Gaming driver. Miami’s Luis Zaiter kept Buttafuoco on his heels all race, not letting the eventual winner get much more than a second ahead. However, nobody had anything for Buttafuoco once again, who sits in a prime spot for a seat in the second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League.
The PlayStation 4 race saw more of the same action at the virtual Mid-Ohio, with the 18 laps being completed without a yellow and a front row starter taking the win. This time, it was outside front row starter Matthew Billingsley leading all but one lap on his way to the victory.
Polesitter Joe Gornick led the opening lap before Billingsley wrestled the lead away. Once again, Gornick would not let the Canadian get away with the lead as the two raced within a second of each other. It was the second straight top five for Billingsley, who is looking to secure a spot in the Pro League for the first time.
The final race of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League preseason takes place next Wednesday, April 1 with the Trucks at Martinsville Speedway. It will be the last opportunity for competitors to showcase what they’re capable of to teams before the draft.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3