NEXT RACE
STANDINGS
Playoff Round 3*
Texas Motor Speedway
Oct. 22, 2020 | 9:00 p.m. EST ET
  • Rank
  • Driver
  • No.
  • Pts
  • Wins
  • Top 5
  • Top 10
  • 21
  • Justin Bolton
  • 10
  • 84
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • 35
  • Dylan Duval
  • 41
  • 43
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
CAR NO. 10

Justin Bolton
CAR NO. 41

Dylan Duval
  • Born: April 18, 1995
  • Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Qualification: Top-20 in 2019 World Championship standings
  • Facebook: /duval42
  • Twitter: @dduval42
eSports News
Brandyn Gritton helped deliver the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship to Stewart-Haas eSports in 2019, and he’s aiming to deliver a second title to the team in 2020.
The eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship race is at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, and Gritton is one of the eight drivers eligible to take the trophy. The 24-year-old sim racer from Kokomo, Indiana, has already enjoyed a championship-caliber season with 166 laps led and two victories – June 25 at virtual Atlanta Motor Speedway and July 1 at virtual Eldora Speedway. In the 13 races run this year, Gritton has six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
“I knew it was going to take a lot of work to get back to the championship race, and being able to make it and show strength all year provided the confirmation that I needed – to know I belong,” said Gritton, whose day job is a yard driver for Saddle Creek Logistics Services. “The toughest challenge I’ve had this year is just having the target on my back of being the defending champion. I feel like each and every driver had the goal of beating me at the beginning of the year, which led to a lot of tense moments on the track. Last year, I felt like we were more of the underdog. This year, we’re the team that everyone wants to topple.”
The eNASCAR Heat Pro League races on NASCAR Heat 5, the latest game in the NASCAR Heat franchise. It puts competitors in virtual machines from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on virtual tracks that emulate the real-world versions each series visits. Gritton’s win at Atlanta came in an Xfinity Series Ford Mustang, and his victory at Eldora came in a Truck Series Ford F-150.
“Winning the championship this year would mean so much more,” Gritton said. “Last year, the championship was awarded to the best team, but this year it’s all about the driver. I want to back up what we did last year.”
The championship finale consists of three races at three different tracks, all in NASCAR Cup Series cars. Gritton will race the No. 14 Smithfield Ford Mustang.
The first race will be 35 laps at Michigan International Speedway, with only the top-six championship drivers advancing. The second race will be 45 laps at Phoenix Raceway, where the championship contenders are whittled down to four. The final race will be 80 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the highest-finishing Championship 4 driver taking the title. Starting lineups will be determined by eNASCAR Heat Pro League officials. All competitors in the championship will compete on ASUS Gaming PCs and monitors, marking the first time Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) competitors will perform on the same platform.
“The ASUS Gaming platform is different, but I like it,” said Gritton, who has been a PS4 stalwart throughout his eNASCAR Heat Pro League career. “Not only does it allow us to compete with the Xbox drivers, but it puts everyone on a completely level playing field. We’re all learning together and no driver has any type of advantage.”
Twenty-eight drivers will participate in the championship race, even though only eight are eligible for the series title.
“This is the first time we’ll have all 28 drivers on the track at the same time and it’s going to be chaotic, especially with how short the races are,” Gritton said. “The most important goal will be surviving. If I stay out of trouble and focus on advancing, Bristol is a place where I know I can win.”
Joining Gritton in the season-ending event is his Stewart-Haas eSports teammate Matthew Selby, but he is ineligible for the championship.
“It’s been really helpful to have such a close friend in Matthew Selby as my teammate,” Gritton said. “We may have different driving styles and comfort levels, but we both know what it takes to make fast setups. That has allowed us to step our game up, even from the high of last year.”
The championship race can be viewed on the following channels:
NASCARHeat.com/Live
Facebook.com/NASCARHeat
Twitch.TV/704NASCARHeat
eNASCAR.com/Live
About Stewart-Haas eSports:
NASCAR is the ultimate test of driver acumen and mechanical know-how, where teams scrutinize every detail in a never-ending quest for speed. Stewart-Haas Racing has thrived in this environment, winning races and championships to firmly establish its presence in NASCAR. Stewart-Haas eSports emulates these efforts in the virtual world, where sim technology provides a visceral experience that amplifies the grit and determination of NASCAR drivers in the real world. Stewart-Haas eSports is a natural extension of Stewart-Haas Racing, where competition and simulation are one. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com/esports and follow on Twitter @SHR_eSports. 
About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization has won two NASCAR Cup Series titles, one NASCAR Xfinity Series championship and more than 80 NASCAR races, including such crown-jewel events as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.
Old School / New School Sim-metry

Details:

  • Race: North Wilkesboro 160 (Round 7)
  • Series:  eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series
  • Time/Date: 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 9
  • Location: Virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway (.625-mile oval)
  • Distance:  160 laps (100 miles)

Where to Watch:

  • FOX network - Announcers: Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds
  • FS1 (DIRECTV Channel 219 and Dish Channel 150)
  • FOX Sports app
  • FOX Sports Racing for fans in Canada
  • Twitch.tv/StewartHaaseSports

DYK:

  • "Nice Six Pack": The six most watched esports events in U.S. television history are as follows…

1. March 29 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Texas Motor Speedway with 1.34 million viewers.
2. April 26 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Talladega Superspeedway with 1.24 million viewers.
3. April 5 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Bristol Motor Speedway with1.179 million viewers.
4. April 19 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Richmond Raceway with971,000 viewers.
5. March 22 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway with 903,000 viewers.
6. May 3 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Dover International Speedway with 903,000 viewers.

  • Lots of Eyes on iRacing: The May 3 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from Dover was the second-most watched sports event of the weekend. The most-watched sports event? Michael Jordan ‘The Last Dance’ documentary on ESPN.
  • The Kids Are Alright: Among the coveted 18-49 year-old demographic, the May 3 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from Dover was the No. 1 most-watched sports event of the weekend.
  • “Toasty!”: Prior to the debut of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, what was the most watched esports event in U.S. television history? Mortal Kombat when it aired on The CW in 2016.

Overview:

  • Virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway marks the final race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, as real racing returns May 17 with the Darlington 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at the real Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
  • The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series was a multi-week series emulating the original 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. With the sports world on hiatus due to the coronavirus, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series existed in place of actual NASCAR events. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series was an exhibition esports series featuring a collection of past and present racecar drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • The iRacing undercard event the day prior to Saturday’s headlining eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race is the Friday Night Thunder race at virtual Martinsville Speedway where drivers compete in virtual NASCAR Xfinity Series cars. The Thunder event complements the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Xfinity Series driver, Chase Briscoe, will compete in Friday Night Thunder.
  • The livestream of Friday Night Thunder begins at 8 p.m. EDT on eNASCAR.com/live. Single-car qualifying begins at 8:05 p.m., which sets the lineup for four, 10-lap heat races. Six cars advance from each heat to the feature, with the final six spots in the 30-car field coming from the top-six finishers of a 15-lap consolation race, which takes place after the heat races and is comprised of drivers who have not yet qualified. The 125-lap feature race then follows.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Hunt Bros Pizza Ford Mustang:
“I actually tested my Cup car at North Wilkesboro in 2011 or 2012 – somewhere in that timeframe. We ran our car around there because they had it cleaned up enough and were running some races there. I’ve never actually run a race at North Wilkesboro other than those few laps I ran on that particular day. Dale (Earnhardt) Jr., and iRacing, obviously, pushed to get that track scanned, and it looks just like North Wilkesboro. I think it’s a great move, and I look forward to running there in my Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang before we go back to real racing.”

 

  • This is Harvick’s fourth eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race.
  • Harvick started 18th and finished 18th in the previous eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Dover.
  • Harvick’s best eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series finish is 12th, earned April 26 at Talladega.


Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang:

“I have actually really enjoyed my short time in iRacing. I think it’s so cool to be able to virtually race somewhere we can’t in real life. We finished 10th at Dover by surviving, and I’m sure that will be the strategy this weekend. I think it will be a bit more of an even playing field now because the track is relatively new to everyone. The coolest thing about racing this weekend is that we surprised my wife, Janice, with a paint scheme that she colored a few weeks ago. We got bored and decided to color some fun paint schemes with the kids. Smithfield was kind enough to approve it and put it on the racecar to dedicate to Janice for Mother’s Day. If I win in this paint scheme, we might have to run it again on a real track.”

 

  • This is Almirola’s third eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race.
  • Almirola started 27th and finished 10th in the previous eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Dover. It is his best eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series result.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Center/Cummins #ThankATrucker Ford Mustang:
“How we used iRacing with our sport has been phenomenal. It gave us an opportunity to reach our fans and gave them some great entertainment. I’ve been entertained. I hope it shows. Jeff (Gordon) and I have been having a blast down there at the (FOX) studio calling these races. It has been a lot of fun, but it’s not much longer until we get back to real racing, and that’s what all of us want. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or paid attention, but the ones who are winning these iRaces are the ones that don’t have a family or a wife to answer to. So no, I don’t have much of a chance for success, but I’m still going to have fun in my Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang.”


  • This is Bowyer’s sixth eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race.
  • Bowyer started 17th and finished 33rd in his last eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Talladega.
  • Bowyer’s best eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series finish is 11th, earned twice (March 29 at Texas and April 5 at Bristol).

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 Haas Tooling Ford Mustang:
“I’ve never been to North Wilkesboro before, but it’s cool how when you drive to Bristol that you can see the track right off the highway, and you can kind of think about what it used to be back in its heyday. It will be really interesting since there are only a handful of guys who have driven on the track, so there will be a lot of learning for everyone to get it figured out, that's for sure. I’ll definitely spend a couple more hours to try and get an idea of what to do in my Haas Tooling Ford Mustang since I’ve never been there.”


  • This is Custer’s third eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race.
  • Custer started 36th and finished 12th in the previous eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Dover. It is his best eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series result.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 High Point/Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang:
“Martinsville is such a fun track. You really have to understand how to get around it and find your rhythm, and that all still applies in the sim world. I got to race Martinsville a few weeks ago as part of the NBC eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge and was able to come away with a win, so I feel like if I can make it through the heat races and start up front, I could have a chance to do it again. It’s really all about track position and staying up front and out of trouble. That’s really been the plan for most of these races, but it hasn’t worked out all that well. We’ll give it one more shot forHighPoint.com and Ford Performance Racing School before we hit the track for real at Darlington."


  • This is Briscoe’s fourth undercard race to the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. In his last outing at Dover, he finished fourth in his heat race and started 14th in the feature before finishing 14th. It is his best finish in the undercard event.
  • Briscoe is an iRacing regular, with most of his races coming in the Xfinity Series.

Matthew Selby, a.k.a. ‘Slick’ and Brandyn Gritton, a.k.a. ‘Hot Rod’ Aren’t Scared of the Monster Mile

Details:

  • Event: eNASCAR Heat Pro League (Round 3 of 14)
  • Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
  • Time/Date: 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 6
  • Location: Virtual Dover International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
  • Distance: 70 laps (70 miles)

Where to Watch:

Overview:

  • Stewart-Haas eSports fields two drivers in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League – one for Xbox One and the other for PlayStation 4 (PS4).
  • Matthew Selby, a.k.a. “Slick” (SHRe Slick 4), competes on the Xbox One platform, and Brandyn Gritton, a.k.a. “Hot Rod” (SHRe_HotRod_14), races on the PS4 version. Selby is new to the team in 2020 while this is Gritton’s second season.
  • In the two eNASCAR Heat Pro League races held thus far, both Stewart-Haas eSports drivers have scored top-10 finishes in each race.
  • Selby finished fifth in his first career eNASCAR Heat Pro League start April 22 at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway and sixth in the series’ last race April 29 at virtual Watkins Glen International.
  • Gritton finished sixth in the season opener at Homestead and seventh at Watkins Glen. He now has 11 career top-10s.
  • This is the eNASCAR Heat Pro League’s first visit to virtual Dover International Speedway.
  • Stewart-Haas eSports enters Dover seventh in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship standings with 72 points, 31 behind series-leading Chip Ganassi Gaming.

Matthew Selby, a.k.a. “Slick”, driver of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang on Xbox One:
“Dover is named the ‘Monster Mile’ for a reason – very hard on equipment and drivers. Plan is to be aggressive all race in our Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang while being smart. In other words, out ‘Slick’ the competition and Miles.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
Selby is new to Stewart-Haas eSports, but he is not new to sim racing. The 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, has been sim racing for 10 years, belying his status as an eNASCAR Heat Pro League rookie.

Brandyn Gritton, a.k.a. “Hot Rod”, driver of the No. 14 DEKALB Ford F-150 on PS4:  

“We didn’t run Dover last year, but I believe we have a race-winning car tonight. Just hope we play the fuel mileage right, as fuel mileage has been what’s decided these races of late. But when it comes to speed alone, I believe we have the fastest PEAK Coolant & Antifreeze Ford Mustang, hands down.”

Gritton helped Stewart-Haas eSports win last year’s inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship, and he returned in 2020 to defend the team’s title. The 24-year-old from Kokomo, Indiana, led the league in wins (4), poles (7) and laps led (219) in 2019. Gritton’s victories came at Bristol Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Phoenix Raceway.
Background:

  • The eNASCAR Heat Pro League is the first-ever console-based NASCAR eSports league and it races on NASCAR Heat 4, the latest game in the NASCAR Heat franchise.
  • The eNASCAR Heat Pro League features a 14-race schedule comprised of virtual racetracks from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors & RV Truck Series. The four-month schedule is divided into three, four-race segments, followed by a wild-card race before culminating with a championship race.
  • Segment No. 1: April 22 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, April 29 Truck Series race at Watkins Glen International, May 6 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway and May 13 Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
  • Segment No. 2: May 20 Truck Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, May 27 Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, June 3 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway and June 10 Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Segment No. 3: June 17 Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, June 24 Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, July 1 Xfinity Series race at Road America and July 8 Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • The wild-card race will be a Cup Series race July 15 at Daytona International Speedway with the championship race also being a Cup Series event on a TBD date at a TBD track.
  • This is the second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League and Stewart-Haas eSports is the reigning champion after winning last year’s inaugural title.

 
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
All races start at 9PM ET
Round 1 February 11, 2020 Daytona International Speedway
Round 2 February 25, 2020 Auto Club Speedway
Round 3 March 17, 2020 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Round 4 March 31, 2020 Bristol Motor Speedway
Round 5 April 14, 2020 Richmond Raceway
Round 6 April 28, 2020 Dover International Speedway
Round 7 May 12, 2020 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Round 8 May 26, 2020 Atlanta Motor Speedway
All-Star June 16, 2020
Round 9 June 30, 2020 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Round 10 July 14, 2020 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Round 11 July 28, 2020 Michigan International Speedway
Round 12 August 11, 2020 Watkins Glen International
Round 13 August 25, 2020 Daytona International Speedway
Round 14 September 15, 2020 Darlington Raceway
Round 15* September 24, 2020 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Round 16* October 1, 2020 Talladega Superspeedway
Playoff Round 1* October 8, 2020 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
Playoff Round 2* October 15, 2020 Kansas Speedway
Playoff Round 3* October 22, 2020 Texas Motor Speedway
Season Finale* November 1, 2020 Phoenix Raceway