Dohar, Keffer Advance to eNASCAR Heat Pro League Title Race With Strong Finishes

JR Motorsports | 10/10/2019

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JRM's NASCAR Heat duo locked up Championship 4 berths Wednesday night with strong finishes at the virtual version of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / 60 laps (XBOX), 60 laps (PS4)
Dohar’s start/finish (XBOX): 14th/2nd        
Keffer’s start/finish (PS4): 13th/6th           
JRM Team Point Standings: 2nd (-4)

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2019) – Tyler Dohar nearly won the opening XBOX segment of the penultimate eNASCAR Heat Pro League Series event on Wednesday night, and JRM teammate Jason Keffer finished a solid sixth in the PS4 nightcap to secure a spot in the winner-take-all season finale on Oct. 23 at the virtual ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

Entering the night one point to the good in third place, both drivers needed to have good nights on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, and they did. As a result, the two-car team will be one of the four that will contest the inaugural championship for the esports program.

Dohar, driving the No. 88 Sock-it To Childhood Cancer/FilterTime Chevrolet, started the 60-lap opener for XBOX drivers from 14th spot, having not taken a time in qualifying. Over the 25 laps, the Ohio driver drove up to fourth before pitting and stayed in the back half of the top 10 until it came down to the end.

On a strategy that envisioned a fuel-mileage game in the early stages, Dohar soon learned that it wasn’t going to go that way. Despite nursing some damage, Dohar played the fuel-mileage game to perfection over the final laps. Running 10th with six laps to go, Dohar stuck with the plan and with three laps to go, competitors began diving to pit road for a splash of gas. Keeping his foot in it, Dohar was closing in on the leader coming to the white flag when he too peeled off for pit road, putting the No. 88 in the lead with 1.5 miles remaining. The No. 14 car got around Dohar off Turn 3 coming to the checkered, but the JRM driver had done his job and logged a runner-up finish, his fourth of the season. The finish put the two-car JRM team five points ahead of the cut line before Keffer took to the track for the PS4 feature.

In the nightcap, Keffer began the race from the back of the field in 13th, one spot better than Dohar had. The North Carolina driver rose as high as ninth before getting doored down pit road by another competitor, which cost him a lap. Changing strategy on the fly, Keffer brought his No. 7 FilterTime Chevrolet down pit road just nine laps into the event for four tires and fuel. Coming off pit road, he overcooked the exit and took some damage to the hood, losing another lap in the process. The fresher tires helped him get one of his laps back, but he was among seven cars trapped a lap down as the race progressed.

A caution with 35 laps to go slowed the field and allowed Keffer to get to pit road, though still a lap down along with three other cars. On the restart, Keffer pushed the button and went about taking his lap back the old-fashioned way: by passing the leader on the track. He did so after a laps-long battle, edging ahead of the No. 95 with 20 laps remaining. After 11 of the 14 cars pitted with 17 to go, Keffer made his fourth stop of the night and emerged in 11th place with fresher tires for a 15-lap run to the flag.

Sitting 10th with 13 laps to go, Keffer trailed the leaders by more than 30 seconds, the last car on the lead lap. He was ninth with 11 to go and eighth four laps later before the caution waved with three laps remaining, which gave him a chance to catch the pack and race for the top five.

Lining up seventh for the green-white checkered, he immediately rose to sixth when the No. 14 car spun down the backstretch. Keffer brought it home there to ensure JR Motorsports would battle for the championship on Oct. 23.

  Jason Keffer, PS4 driver No. 7 FilterTime Chevrolet team

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

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