Dohar Second, Keffer Top-10 at Daytona as JRM Clinches eNASCAR Heat Pro League Playoff Berth

JR Motorsports | 8/22/2019

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JRM secured a berth in the inaugural NASCAR Heat Pro League Playoffs on the strength of two top-10 finishes Wednesday at Daytona.

Track Specs: 2.5-mile tri-oval / 40 laps (PS4), 40 laps (XBOX)

Dohar’s start/finish (XBOX): 2nd/2nd     

Keffer’s start/finish (PS4): 13th/10th           

JRM Team Point Standings: 4th (-13)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2019) – JR Motorsports drivers Tyler Dohar (XBOX) and Jason Keffer (PS4) clinched the fourth seed in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League playoffs on Wednesday night at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. Dohar narrowly lost out on a trip to Victory Lane in his No. 88 FilterTime Chevrolet due to a fuel-mileage gambit in the waning stages to finish second and Keffer survived a late crash to earn a top-10 result in his No. 7 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride Chevrolet. The twin 40-lap events represented the final regular-season event for the series.

Dohar put together a monster run in the XBOX nightcap, starting from the outside of the front row for the 40-lap event. Getting caught out by a rush to the bottom groove on the initial green, Dohar settled into a gap in the low line for fifth place on the opening lap. Not content to sit there, the Ohio driver hooked up with the No. 5 Chevrolet to mount a challenge to the top side on lap 4, sweeping to the lead off Turn 4 and diving back to the bottom.

He was still there five laps later when a crash in the tri-oval brought out the caution flag and series officials made the stoppage the competition caution. After pitting and maintaining the top spot, Dohar set sail on the bottom and led until there were just 16 laps remaining. Coming down pit road, Dohar packed his Camaro full of fuel and headed back out in fourth spot. Dohar led a stack of cars back to the front, assuming second place with 12 laps remaining. With eight circuits remaining and the pit window closing, Dohar and others headed down pit road for a splash of fuel. Rejoining the race in seventh place, Dohar was fifth with five laps to go, some 38 seconds behind the race leader, who had gambled on fuel mileage to retain the lead.

Dohar was third with two laps to go and second heading into the final lap, but the No. 14 had a big enough advantage to earn the victory despite running out of fuel off Turn 4 pointed at the checkered flag. Dohar finished second, having led half the event.

In the opening race for PS4 machines, Keffer was committed to staying in line as the race played out. Rolling off from 10th, Keffer followed the low groove and gained a position on the first lap of green-flag racing. Pushing the No. 21 car, Keffer fluctuated between ninth and 11th over the first 11 laps before the first caution flag of the night waved over the field. Following the restart, the field was headed through the tri-oval when two cars made contact, and Keffer caught part of the resulting melee. After pitting for repairs, he restarted from the ninth position with 21 laps remaining. He was eighth in just two laps and sat fourth with 10 laps left, only to hit pit road the next time by. Holding his position in the midst of the final pit stops, he eventually dropped to ninth as the rest of the field shook itself out. Staying on the low groove, the West Virginia driver was on the cusp of the top five with two laps remaining only to get caught in a multi-car rumble on the back straightaway coming to the white flag. That pushed him back to 10th at the finish.

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League playoffs are set to begin on Sept. 11 at the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first of four rounds to determine the overall series champion. Subsequent races include Kansas Speedway (Sept. 25) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Oct. 9) before the winner-take-all finale on Oct. 23 at a track to be announced.

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

Tyler Dohar, XBOX driver No. 88 FilterTime Chevrolet team

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