Dohar 3rd, Keffer 8th in Chicagoland eNASCAR Heat Pro League Battle

JR Motorsports | 7/11/2019

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Tyler Dohar and Jason Keffer both brought home top-10 finishes Wednesday night in eNASCAR Heat Pro League action at Chicagoland Speedway.

Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / 50 laps (XBOX), 50 laps (PS4)

Dohar’s start/finish (XBOX): 1st/3rd   

Keffer’s start/finish (PS4): 10th/8th           

JRM Team Point Standings: 5th (-15)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 11, 2019) – A return to the heartland did the JR Motorsports contingent good in eNASCAR Heat Pro League action at the virtual Chicagoland Speedway on Wednesday night. Tyler Dohar finished third in the opening 50-lap XBOX event on the 1.5-mile oval, and teammate Jason Keffer was a solid eighth in the PS4 nightcap, and that did wonders for the team’s position in the season-long points.

The combined finish allowed the two-car team to jump one spot to fifth in the overall standings, just 15 points off the lead. It also gave them some breathing room, as they are now six spots over the Playoff cut line with just three races remaining.

In the opener, Dohar put his No. 88 FilterTime Chevrolet Camaro on the pole and chose the outside line for the initial start. That turned out to be the wrong choice, as the low line jumped past him off Turn 2 on the opening lap and put the Ohio driver fifth in the order at the line. With 10 laps in, Dohar had slid back to ninth spot, the last car in the lead draft.

As the cars ahead pitted, Dohar kept his foot in it and took the lead, waiting a lap after the pit lane had cleared to take his own service. By the time it cycled out, Dohar was fifth with 35 laps remaining. The competition caution came and went, and Dohar lined up sixth for the restart on the outside line with 25 laps to go. Nine laps later, Dohar crossed over off Turn 2 and took fifth place, adding another spot a lap later to run fourth when the second round of stops began.

Staying out again while the others pitted in front of him, Dohar assumed command again with 11 circuits remaining and again hit pit road one lap later. He rejoined the field in third place, falling a spot to fourth the next time by. Leading a pack toward the two-car lead tandem, Dohar closed the gap as the laps wound down, erasing a three-second lead to trail by just .188 seconds as the field crossed under the white flag. He ended up third at the checkered, his second straight top-three finish in the series.

In the PS4 nightcap, Dohar started the race in 10th spot and was still there three laps into the event when he caught some damage from another car’s miscue. That dropped him to 14th place, and the North Carolina driver began the long climb back up the order in his No. 7 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride Chevrolet. Keffer hit pit road at lap 12 to fix that damage and returned to the track a couple of laps down. The rest of the field had hit pit road a lap later, and by the time the order shook out, Keffer had both his laps back and ran in 11th position.

Following the competition caution, Keffer lined up 11th for the restart with 25 laps remaining. A tangle early in the run moved him up to seventh, and by the time he made his second stop he was sixth. Over the final 19 laps, Keffer advanced three spots from 11th to record an eighth-place finish.

Next up for the JRM team is a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24.

Tyler Dohar, XBOX driver No. 88 FilterTime Chevrolet team

Jason Keffer, PS4 driver No. 7 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride Chevrolet team

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