The eNASCAR Heat Pro League preseason began with the Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway for both PlayStation and Xbox players. The series gives drivers the chance to showcase their skills in front of real-life NASCAR teams with a chance to win over $200,000 throughout the season.
Starting shotgun in the 24-car PlayStation 4 field was no problem for Brandon Hanna, as he picked up the win in the first race of the night. What made the victory miraculous was the fact that the entire 50-lap event went caution-free, meaning Hanna charged through the field without the aid of a yellow flag.
The Goshen, Indiana driver took the lead for the first time on lap 20 while others hit pit road. While other drivers made two trips down pit road, Hanna made his only stop just before halfway, using the different pit strategy to take the lead for good with nine to go and parking the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing car in victory lane.
While the PlayStation 4 race saw a wire-to-wire race with the last place starter taking the win, it was a complete different story in the Xbox One event. Cautions played a key role in the race’s outcome, with polesitter Daniel Buttafuoco outlasting a late restart to pick up the win in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18.
The East Brunswick, New Jersey native dominated the event, leading all the green flag laps that were run. A late yellow led to a six-lap dash to the checkered. He and Lewis Sader raced nose-to-tail over the final laps before Buttafuoco got to the checkered flag first by a car length.
The NASCAR Heat Pro League continues its preseason next Wednesday, as competitors head to the Xfinity Series for an event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Click here to watch a replay of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League races at Chicagoland Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3