eNASCAR Heat Pro League draft sets field for Season 2
The second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League is set for the green flag with the completion Wednesday of the league’s second annual draft.
The league, a collaboration among Motorsport Games, NASCAR and the Race Team Alliance features 14 eNASCAR teams is played on NASCAR Heat 4, the newest iteration of the NASCAR video game franchise.
Each team features one Xbox player and one PlayStation4. Each team was required to drop one of its two players from 2019 and three teams – Chip Ganassi Gaming, GoFas Gaming and Gibbs Gaming – elected to select two new players.
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The draft order was determined by an inverse of the 2019 season standings. Stewart-Haas eSports won the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship.
There were a total of 17 vacancies to be filled on Wednesday with 48 available players, who had competed in three preseason races (Cup cars at Chicagoland, Xfinity cars at Mid-Ohio and Trucks at Martinsville).
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday’s draft was held virtually with picks being announced on NASCAR Heat’s Twitter account.
With the No. 1 overall pick, Ganassi Gaming selected an Xbox player, Luis Zaiter (CGM x Rose) of Miami, Fla.
With its No. 2 pick, Petty eSports selected the first PS4 player in the draft, Mike Braas (MikeRPM44) from Columbia, Pa. Braas had been the one player Petty had dropped, but given it had the second overall pick, Petty was able to reclaim him for the 2020 season.
PS4 player Mathew Billingsley (scoutbonk18-) of Nanimo, British Columbia, was the sixth overall selection and taken by JTG Daugherty Throttlers, becoming the first Pro League player from Canada.
eNASCAR Heat Pro League 2020 Lineup"
Team – Xbox player, PS4 player
Chip Ganassi Gaming – Luis Zaiter, Maxwell Castro
Petty eSports – Diego Alvarado, Mike Braas
Hendrick Motorsports GC – Sam Morris, Nick Jobes
RCR eSports – Mitch Diamond, Joey Stone
Germain Gaming – Daniel Buttafuoco, Kyle Arnold
JTG Daugherty Throttlers – Justin Brooks, Mathew Billingsley
Wood Brothers Gaming – Slade Gravitt, Cody Giles
GoFas Gaming – Riley Ogle, Jason Mitchell
Gibbs Gaming – Matthew Heale, Josh Parker
Roush Fenway Gaming – Nick Walker, Brandon Hanna
JR Motorsports – Tyler Dohar, Joe Gornick
Team Penske eSports – Brad Tedeschi, Corey Rothgeb
Leavine Family Gaming – Jose Ruiz, Josh Harbin
Stewart-Haas eSports – Matthew Selby, Brandyn Gritton
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