The NASCAR Heat Pro League All-Star Race gave racers the chance to race for $10,000 in total prize money between two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway – one for each game console.
The PlayStation race kicked off the event with just one yellow over the course of 50 laps. It looked to be a repeat of Wednesday night’s preseason opener at Chicagoland Speedway as Brandon Hanna used a similar one-stop strategy to put himself in the catbird seat late in the race. However, lightning would not strike twice as Chase Williamson passed Hanna with two to go for the $2,000 winner’s prize.
Williamson started in row nine and remained mostly out of contention for the majority of the race in the Gaunt Bros. No. 96. He made the decision to make his final pit stop early with 20 laps to go, using fresher tires to blast through the field late. He quickly made work of the compeition, making the winning move with two laps to go, scoring a big win as he auditions for a spot in the second season of the NASCAR Heat Pro League.
It didn’t take long for the Xbox portion of the All-Star Race to get wild, as a big wreck ensued in turn four in the opening lap while one car went on its roof. That was the story of the first half of the race, triggering a completely different game of pit strategy for the finish.
While others tried to make their fuel stretch to the end with no avail, Roush Fenway Gaming’s Nicholas Walker made an economy run last over half the race to take the win. The final restart came with 27 to go, with Walker running in last place at the time. He took the lead with five laps to go and used a comfortable margin he had built up to cruise to the win.
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 NASCAR Heat Pro League races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3