This week was Race #3 of the 3rd Season for the PRL's PS4 Hascar Heat league. The crew headed up north to test the patience with the accelerator as they tackled the flat, 1-mile oval of New Hampshire. The league would crown a new New Hampshire winner in the Hall of Fame, as Christopher Herring (CJHerring) was not in attendance for this race, who won both trips the League has taken to New Hampshire in the past.
After pacing several laps to let everyone make their car adjustments, the drivers had only 9 laps to put down their best heater. Kyle Ely (Rocksson2Kyle) captured his 5th career Pole Position, just edging out Charles Sumner (Hootius) by a mere .023 secs. Michael Caterino (vWardude), Nick Michaud (NickMichaud), and Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777) rounded out the Top 5 respectively in qualifying. The Top 5 was a very competitive group, as all 5 cars were only separated by .150 secs.
Before I dive into the race recap, I want to give a shout-out to the entire league. This was the first time in 36 races in the league's history that a race ended caution free.There was plenty of battling with 3-wide, and even 1 case of 4-wide racing. So for everyone to race that hard and to keep it green the whole time (minus the Stage break) is a very big accomplishment. The first Stage was chaotic with lots of overtakes, and take-backs as there was a solid 7 drivers fighting for the Stage bonus points. At the end of Lap 23, Kyle S. won his first career Stage, followed by Kyle E., Michael, Sean Ryan (Sean420Cali) and Charles. As everyone pitted to prepare for the final remaining 52 laps, everyone started thinking about the pit strategies. Going 26 laps on one tank of fuel would take lots of patience to make it on just 1 fuel stop, so you had to decided right away if that was your plan of attack. Only 1 driver would attempt that feat, which was Stage winner Kyle S. As the race carried on, Charles was the first of the lead pack to hit pit road each time, electing to keep the tires as fresh as possible as his car's speed fell off earlier than the other front runners, which then lead to the other lead cars pitting within 1 to 2 laps of him, except for Kyle S. of course. As we neared the end of the race, Kyle S. had to abandon the 1 stop strategy as he realized he would fall just one lap short of taking the checkered flag. Kyle S. only took a quick splash of fuel, and still had a 1.5 sec lead as he exited the pits with 2 to go. However Kyle S.' tires where just too worn out at the point and his car would slide too much in the turns, and he could not hold off Kyle E. or Michael. Both drivers completed the pass on Kyle S. and then had a mad dash to the checkered flag. Kyle E. picked up his 2nd career win as he was able to just hold off Michael by a slim .094 seconds. Kyle S., Sean and Charles rounded out the Top 5 for the race. The Hard-Charger award for the week went to Owen Bridges (Habob69), who was able to gain 4 position throughout the race to win the award for the 2nd time this Season.
**Top 10 Finishing order for New Hampshire**
1. Kyle Ely (Rocksson2Kyle) - 2nd Career Win
2. Michael Caterino (vWardude) - 1st Top 5 of the Season
3. Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777) - 2nd Top 5 of the Season
4. Sean Ryan (Sean420Cali) - 3rd Top 5 of the Season
5. Charles Sumner (Hootius) - 2nd Top 5 of the Season
6. Nick Michaud (Nickmichaud) - 3rd Top 10 of the Season; 15th career Top 10
7. Rob Besaw (Xsyse) - 3rd Top 10 of the Season
8. Adam Zemke (Zeke_H30) - 2nd Top 10 of the Season
9. Jake MacLeod (SassaFrass_3) - First Career Top 10
10. Brian Mosser (BrianMosser88) - 2nd Top 10 of the Season; 15th career Top 10
After 3 races, Kyle Ely (Rocksson2Kyle) took the points lead over from Sean Ryan (Sean420Cali), and turned a 4 point deficit into a 4 point lead. Charles Sumner (Hootius) sits 13 points back of the lead, with Michael Caterino (vWardude) 17 points back, and Nick Michaud (Nickmichaud) 20 points back to round out the Top 5.
For our Team championship, Driving on Adrenaline (Kyle E. and Rob) hold a 19 point lead over One-Two Racing (Michael and Nick).
New Hampshire marked the end of the 1st round of the Playoffs. Here are the 12 drivers moving onward to Round 2: Kyle E, Sean, Charles, Michael, Kyle S, Rob, Owen, Brian, Christopher Johnson (MeattyLoaf), Zack Jackson (Action12Jackson) and Adam,
Next week, the Nascar Heat crew head to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway to tackle the flat, 2.5-mile rectangled-oval. Please join us, and one of our handful of driver who stream their POVs of the race, on Wednesday nights at 9pm Eastern.