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WATCH: NASCAR Heat 5 Ultimate Summer Showdown, Race 1, LIVE

Capping off a week that’s been filled with plenty of eNASCAR happenings, the NASCAR Heat 5 Ultimate Summer Showdown will round out the virtual play when it all kicks off at Darlington Raceway on Thursday night – the first of four events live on Traxion.GG via YouTubeFacebook and Twitch.

Registration for the first race began on 30th April, and after a week of open qualifier races, the two-console split field has been whittled down to 24 drivers apiece. Two drivers (Cody Giles and Timothy Moore) will be competing in both the Xbox and PlayStation races.

Virtual racers will be competing for a $5,000 prize as well as a BenQ monitor from the championship’s partner, while there are also smaller cash prizes for the runners up.

For the first event of the series, the races will be 55 laps each, and following the conclusion of both races, the registration for the qualifiers will open at midnight for the second event at Texas Motor Speedway.  

NASAR Heat Summer Showdown 2021

2020-2021 WINTER HEAT SERIES RECAP 

The Ultimate Summer Showdown is the second special series following the conclusion of the second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League. The first series, the Winter Heat Series, also saw four events for both Xbox and PlayStation drivers with a champion crowned on both consoles. 

PlayStation driver Maxwell Castro and Xbox driver Justin Brooks were victorious in the Movember 50 at Dover Int’l Speedway on 22nd November.  

The second event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Holiday 60, saw Brooks victorious on Xbox again while Cody Giles took the win for PlayStation.  

NASCAR Heat 5 action

The New Year’s Resolution 70 went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course where Castro collected his second PlayStation victory of the series, while the 2020 eNASCAR Heat Pro League Champion Daniel Buttafuoco took the victory for the Xbox side. 

Finally, two champions were crowned at Daytona Int’l Speedway in the Valentine’s Day 80. For the Xbox crowd, Luis Zaiter capitalized on ongoing drama between Brooks and Buttafuoco to win the race and the championship. On PlayStation, not to be swept completely by eNASCAR Heat Pro League drivers in the series, Chase Williamson took a push from Jason Mitchell to hold the lead over Joey Stone on the final lap for the title. 

All those drivers have re-qualified for the first race in the Ultimate Summer Showdown

XBOX LINEUP STACKED WITH PRO DRIVERS 

In the 24-driver field for the first event, nine of those drivers have participated in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League in either of the first two seasons. Headlining the field is the rivalry between Brooks and Buttafuoco, while two drivers who have wheeled the eNHPL Roush Fenway No. 6, both Casey Masser and Nick Walker, will also be in attendance.  

The Winter Heat Champion, Ganassi Gaming’s Zaiter will be in the field, while Giles will be pulling double duty for Wood Brothers Gaming. JR Motorsports’ Tyler Dohar, Jose Ruiz from the former Leavine Family Gaming team, and Matthew Heale from Gibbs Gaming will also be in attendance. 

Zaiter grabbed the pole position for the race and will look to defend his Winter Heat Series title. Here’s how the Xbox race will line up: 

Xbox Qualifying Results
PlaceTimeNameGamer TagCar
128.375Luis ZaiterCGM x Rose42 – eNHPL
228.377Justin BrooksmrTRACKBAR3337 – eNHPL
328.426Daniel ButtafuocoLukyDog38513 – eNHPL
428.473Cody GilesXXFluffyxX216 – eNHPL
528.495Timothy MooreWord Burton77
628.529Elijah WhiteTheAviator102412
728.536Tom Flitcrofttomtomflitty20
828.602Jacob BrauerDocHudson88182
928.607Casey Masser| Asylumzs |6
1028.666Jeremy NoblesMB1day RockyTop17
1128.679Jordan BaneBaner9588819
1228.699James HoltzerBIGJAWNxPA9
1328.713Matthew HealeRowdyMatt5151 – eNHPL
1428.749Tyler DoharJRM Dohar8888
1528.768Drew JewahDrewLMAO14
1628.773Nick WalkerwowTHATSgarbage11
1728.816Anthony LordMrSlideJob199618
1828.843Austin GreenAce Sniper1303
1929.038Jeff NoeSTOUT WHISKEY66
20N/ACody KelleyRocket5x48
21N/AJosh TaylorAmour Smoke41
22N/AJose RuizJOSE 95x95 – eNHPL
23N/AMitchell KelleyTac248824
24N/AErick SantiagoEcs258

PLAYSTATION FIELD HAS LESS PRO INFLUENCE AND NEWER WINNER POTENTIAL 

It’s only fitting that since the PlayStation field had a non-Pro League champion back during the Winter Heat Series that there would be more varied talent on the PlayStation side to start off the new series. Defending Winter Heat Champion and the youngest driver to make it this far, Chase Williamson returns to the fold for another go at a title. 

For the Pro League talent, Ganassi Gaming’s Castro will be in the starting lineup alongside Josh Harbin, formerly with Leavine Family Gaming. They’ll be joined by JR Motorsports’ Joe Gornick, Petty Esports’ Mike Brass, former RCR Esports driver Joey Stone, and once again for Wood Brothers Gaming, double-duty Giles. Timothy Moore is also pulling double duty and will be driving the No. 77 in both races. 

With Williamson also attempting to defend his Winter Heat title by winning the PlayStation pole position, here’s how they will start on Thursday night: 

PS4 Qualifying Results
PlaceTimeNameGamer TagCar
128.377Chase WilliamsonItsyourbrochase78
228.402Joe GornickJRM_Gornick788
328.458Tim MooreWordBurton77
428.503Joey StoneSloppy_Joe_YT24
528.511Maxwell CastroMaxBoost271 – eNHPL
628.55Cody GilesxX_Fluffy_Xx216 – eNHPL
728.575485Mike BraasMikeRPM4444 – eNHPL
828.575485Derrick BerrymanBADFAST4343
928.58Chris PerkeyThatManPerkey14
1028.598Tyler McMurterTyMac1120
1128.603Thomas CohickJCR_Clashin0412
1228.607Chase DurheimChasing_you333
1328.611Josh HarbinThAbEaR_9595 – eNHPL
1428.638Jordan DworaczykJCR_JWOWisBACK41
1528.644Mathew MontgomeryCoach-Mat10
1628.655Matt SmithFlashNine21
1728.655Joe Westjaw213148
1828.671Keith PittmanFRR_True_Death7711
1928.693Grant SalzanoSalzano1400
2028.745Adam Isnadamjammer918
2128.7482Willis YoungBDR-BeaR249
2228.7489Daniel BasseDBdabest208
23N/AIsaac SmallwoodColaMotorsports38
24N/AForrest Hamilton Grizzly0924_51

2021 Ultimate Summer Showdown open qualifiers schedule 

Darlington Raceway: April 30, 2021 (12:01 a.m. ET) – May 6, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) 

Texas Motor Speedway: May 21, 2021 (12:01 a.m. ET) – May 27, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) 

Pocono Raceway: June 11, 2021 (12:01 a.m. ET) – June 17, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) 

Atlanta Motor Speedway: July 2, 2021 (12:01 a.m. ET) – July 8, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) 

2021 Ultimate Summer Showdown race schedule 

Darlington Raceway: 20th May 1, 8 pm ET, 55 Laps (+2 Pace Laps) 

Texas Motor Speedway: 10th June, 8 pm ET,60 Laps (+2 Pace Laps) 

Pocono Raceway: 1st July, 8 pm ET,20 Laps (+2 Pace Laps) 

Atlanta Motor Speedway: 22nd July, 8 pm ET,60 Laps (+2 Pace Laps) 

Watch the live events, starting tonight, on the Traxion.GG YouTubeFacebook and Twitch channels.

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