Hunter Mullins wins NASCAR Heat Champions Road To Miami Finals

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Hunter Mullins wins NASCAR Heat Champions Road To Miami Finals
Tim Southers
By: Tim Southers
Co-author: Nick DeGroot
Nov 18, 2018, 6:42 PM

Hunter Mullins earned himself a win and $10,000 in the NASCAR Heat Champions Road To Miami Finals Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCR Heat Champions Road to Miami - The Finals logo
NASCAR Heat 3 video game screenshot
A competitor plays NASCAR Heat 3
NASCAR Heat 3 - Road to Miami
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry
NASCAR Heat Champions
Nascar Heat 3
Nascar Heat 3
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Nascar Heat 3
Nascar Heat 3

Virginia native Hunter Mullins (Fedex_rcn_11_) takes the lead on final restart and wins the first annual Road to Miami Finals and a $10,000 prize.

After a weekend of preparing for the NASCAR Heat Champions Road to Miami Finals, the highlight of the weekend was the 40-lap race between the 12 finalists to see who would win bragging rights and $10,000.

After a action-packed race on the NASAR Heat 3 video game that featured six caution flags and numerous passes for the lead, Hunter Mullins made the most of his pass for the lead to capture the checkered flag.

“The adrenaline was rushing, but once I got out front, I knew it was over and could finally breathe,” said Mullins. “Couldn’t be any better.”

The Henry, Va native knew once he got the lead, he had a real shot at it.

“That last restart there, everybody is trying to get everything they can get. If you see a hole, you’re going to take it and that’s just what happened,” said Mullins. “The 9 -- he was in front of me, I got into his bumper and pushed him up the track and I got a run and that was it.

Mullins was surprised with all the contact and didn't expect so many cautions flags that slowed the 40-lap feature.

“No, nothing like that,” he admitted. “We had a practice the other night and it wasn’t like that. But today was a great day. We got everything done that I wanted to get done and it turned out very great for me.”

Mullins has been playing NASCAR console games since 2009 and unlike most of his competitors, he won Sunday's an event utilizing a controller. His favorite driver? None other than today's pole-sitter Denny Hamlin.

“I grew up watching him with Late Models and at Martinsville Speedway, my cousin races in it,” Mullins added. “They ran side-by-side for almost a 100 straight laps and it was awesome to watch.”

Check out highlights from Sunday's finals:

"An unbelievable event"

Matt Lewis, Vice-President of Publishing for 704 Games, praised the event was a successful end to a promotion that launched in September to promote NASCAR Heat 3.

“(This has been) an unbelievable event,” Lewis sad. “Starting out with our launch date back in September, we started flying fans down so each week we mirrored the playoff races that were going on in the real world. You’d go into the game, you could qualify, and we ran a weekly tournament. Monday through Friday was more about qualifications and Saturday and Sunday were the finals. And we took every winner from those weekends, all nine weeks and flew them down here.

“We put them up in a nice hotel, brought them out here to the track and then we took three additional qualifiers from the race fans out here at the track, mixed them in and had a final twelve. Just finished it up and it was awesome for us. We had drivers coming out all weekend, we had the Championship 4 Truck drivers -- Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Regan Smith -- it’s been unbelievable.”

Complete Event Results

Place Username Margin
1 Fedex_rcn_11_ --
2 slyder_43 0.260
3 SmokeFanB20_14 0.782
4 wowTHATSgarbage 1.228
5 DeddmanRising 1.263
6 ThAbEar17 1.983
7 HD Motorsports1 2.855
8 aka Pr0 B0SS 3.288
9 DIRTY WORM JERM 3.473
10 CGM x Rose 4.299
11 Ax4xGearHead 4.723
12 Kyle Crain 16.040

The Road to Miami Tournament and 704Games is part of Motorsport Network’s Esports initiative focused on Motorsport, including eSports for NASCAR, The 24 Hours of Le Mans and Race of Champions.”

For more information:  https://www.motorsport.com/esports/

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Series NASCAR Cup , eSports
Event NASCAR Heat 3
Sub-event Road to Miami - Finals
Author Tim Southers