Dohar Wins at Kansas, Keffer Sixth as JRM Moves On in NHPL Playoffs

JR Motorsports | 9/26/2019

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Tyler Dohar got the win on xBox while Jason Keffer drove to a sixth-place finish on PS4 Wednesday in NASCAR Heat Pro League action at Kansas.

Track Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval / 55 laps (PS4), 55 laps (XBOX)
Dohar’s start/finish (XBOX): 11th/1st       
Keffer’s start/finish (PS4): 10th/6th           
JRM Team Point Standings: 3rd (-16)

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2019) – Tyler Dohar gave JR Motorsports and Sock-it To Childhood Cancer their first eNASCAR Heat Pro League victory on Wednesday night at the virtual Kansas Speedway and Jason Keffer earned a sixth-place finish to put the team in prime position to advance to the final winner-take-all season finale on Oct. 23.

Entering the night in sixth position in points, 19 markers ahead of the cutoff, Dohar’s victory and Keffer’s top-six run moved the two-car team up to third, 16 points adrift of the leaders, with just one race remaining before the championship field is determined. The team must be in the top four at the end of the next race to advance to the finale.

Dohar, driving the No. 88 Chevrolet carrying the colors of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s program to raise funds for its Patient Champions in the XBOX division, held off the No. 37 machine over the final two laps of green-flag racing to earn the first victory for the two-car JRM team. The field was cut from eight teams to six at Kansas, and will be reduced by two teams at the next race (Oct. 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway) to determine the Championship 4. The season finale is set for Oct. 23.

Starting 11th for the nightcap, Dohar waited for the field to spread out before starting his march to the front. After 10 laps, Dohar had moved up to eighth and was fifth after a crash happened in front of him two laps later. Making his second pit stop at the point, Dohar restarted the event in fifth with 40 laps remaining. The Ohio native moved to third with 34 laps left and pulled a slide job for second a lap later, only to lose the spot back on the front straightaway. After a pit stop on the competition caution with 33 laps remaining, Dohar advanced to second nine laps later and took the lead five laps after that.

As green-flag stops began with 14 laps remaining, Dohar stayed out an additional circuit and took his tires with 13 laps remaining, maintaining second place in the process. He trailed the No. 37 car by 2.5 seconds the first time past the flag stand, cut that deficit by a second the next time by and trailed by just .393 seconds with 11 laps to go. That set up a pass for the lead at the stripe with 10 to go, and Dohar, with two-lap fresher tires, maintained a half-second gap until the caution waved for a crash in Turn 2 with five circuits remaining.

On the restart, Dohar got a big push from the No. 18 to clear second place and held it through the checkered, despite a good shove from the right rear as they crossed under the checkered flag. The result was a victory by just 0.57 seconds, JRM’s first in the series, and the excising of some personal demons after three runner-up finishes this season.

Keffer started the PS4 opener in 10th place, planning to ride during the first segment before moving forward. The goal was to stay out of trouble until the laps wound down, and the North Carolina driver succeeded for the most part. Staying out a lap later than the rest of the field, Keffer had fresher tires for the run to the finish and was fifth with five laps remaining in the 55-lap event. Making his final pit stop a lap after the rest of the field, Keffer was in good position for the run to the finish.

At that point, Keffer’s crew chief reminded him that points were more important than winning the race, and Keffer stayed put in the top five over the final six laps. In the run to the checkered, he lost fifth place and brought his FilterTime Chevrolet home in sixth spot to set the stage for Dohar’s heroics in the nightcap.

 

  Tyler Dohar, XBOX driver No. 88 Sock-it To Childhood Cancer/FilterTime Chevrolet team

Jason Keffer, PS4 driver No. 7 FilterTime Chevrolet team

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