Dohar, Keffer Primed for NASCAR Heat Pro Series Title Race

Ron Lemasters | 10/23/2019

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It's showtime tonight for Tyler Dohar and Jason Keffer as they race for the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League Championship in Uptown Charlotte.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2019) – The JR Motorsports duo of Tyler Dohar and Jason Keffer will race for the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship tonight at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, seeking to bring another trophy back to Mooresville. The finale will be played out on the virtual ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

They will do so with the bright lights shining, the virtual crowd roaring and the title on the line, as whichever one of the Championship 4 esports teams with highest combined point total from the two races (for PlayStation 4 and XBOX) will walk away with the inaugural title.

The format is different for the winner-take-all finale too, as there is no competition caution scheduled and the race will be 71 laps, the longest of the season. The race will be live, all drivers will be in the same room and the winner will be determined at the finish of the final race, once all the points are tallied.

In a word, it’s Showtime.

“There’s a lot of pressure on this race,” Dohar said of the finale. “It’s been a long season of attrition and survival for Jason and me, and we’ve really had to work together and become really close teammates. We’re sharing information every single day and practicing for hours every night, trying to find something that will give us an advantage in this final race. There’s a lot of pressure, because we want to bring home this first championship for JR Motorsports.”

Keffer, who lives in Charlotte, was at NASCAR Productions inside the Hall of Fame for the most recent race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, so he’s been in the room before. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a bit nerve-wracking tonight.

“This past week there was a lot going on with people in my ear, I had Discord on listening to the guys on the track, I could hear the race call in one ear,” he said. “Then when I got in the wreck (early in the race), I just had to lock in and focus on what I was doing. It was pretty intense.”

The lack of a competition caution could prove to be pivotal, Dohar said.

“It’s huge because you don’t really have a barometer to measure your fuel mileage,” he explained. “You could always kind of measure your fuel mileage by trying to go to the competition caution and try to make strategy in the first part of the race and make everybody else come from behind, basically. In this one, you have to be ultra-consistent. You don’t have a guaranteed yellow to get you out of trouble.”

Keffer said mistakes would not be allowed tonight.

“It’s straight-up 71 laps, so there’s no mistakes allowed,” he said. “ISM Raceway is not a track where we usually have a lot of cautions.”

As for strategy, it’s going to play out early, Dohar said, and it’s going to require patience.

“We’ve got to be consistent and stay out of trouble,” the Ohio native said. “We’re starting deep in the field, so we have to be smart. It’s a long race, the longest of the season, and we have to just know when to go. You have to know when to ride and when to get on the horn and be aggressive.”

Keffer’s strategy is to keep an eye on his rivals and getting the best finish he can.

“Some guys are worried about winning the race,” he said. “I’m more focused on where the other three guys (in the championship) are running since the PS4 race is first. I need to stay close to them and hopefully Tyler can close it out in the XBOX race.”

Winning a championship is, obviously, the ultimate goal. Both drivers have that firmly in mind, and both are keyed up to celebrate with the trophy when it’s over.

“A championship would mean everything,” Keffer said. “The emotions...even getting drafted for the Pro League by JR Motorsports... to bring a championship to JR Motorsports, that’s a dream, man.”

Dohar said he wanted to enjoy the moment before locking down the title.

“The first part will be just wanting to enjoy the moment,” he said. “You don’t know how many moments you’re going to get when you’re kind of on a grand stage, with all the pressure on you, so it’s going to be kind of taking a moment to relish that and take it all in. The second part is absolute focus. You have to be locked in and focused and trying to go after the ultimate goal, which is to win this championship.”

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. tonight at www.eNASCAR.com or www.twitch.tv/704nascarheat to watch the championship be decided.

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