RCR eSports drivers Joey Stone and Jordan McGraw took to the track last month for the running of the Movember 50 at the virtual Dover International Speedway. The race consisted of 50 laps around the Monster Mile and served as the inaugural race of the NASCAR Heat 5 Winter Heat Series.
Race Recap: Joey Stone, Driver of the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevy for RCR eSports:
Joey Stone left his mark at the Monster Mile. The driver of the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet fired-off from the outside pole position for the Movember 50. Stone wasted no time at the drop of the green flag and quickly powered his No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet to the lead on Lap 5 of 50. After a series of cautions, Stone was shuffled outside the top five, but was able to fight his way back to the fourth position in the late stages of the race. With five laps to go, Stone was in position to contend for the race win until contact sent his No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet into the wall. Despite the hard hit, Stone salvaged an eighth-place finish.
"Our No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet was fast," said Stone. "We had a top-three car and were able to lead some laps early. We pretty much ran inside the top-five for the entire race, which is right where I wanted to be. I saw things getting crazy up front at the end and made a bold move into turn three, but it was going to be really hard to make that corner. I ended up making contact while battling for a spot inside the top-three and got shuffled back, which ultimately caused us to lose some spots. There’s a lot of positives to take away from today, so we’re going to go to Homestead and fight to bring home a win."
Jordan McGraw, Driver of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet for RCR eSports:
It was a steady and solid day for Jordan McGraw and the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway. McGraw had some ground to make up, starting 17th in the 24-car field at the Monster Mile. McGraw spent the opening laps sizing up his competition and methodically working his way inside the top-15. A couple early cautions presented an opportunity for the driver of the No. 3 to play the strategy game. McGraw elected to give up his track position and bring the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet to the pits for service. After restarting well outside the top-15 on multiple restarts, McGraw finally got the long run he was hoping for and carefully worked his way up inside the top 10. He ultimately finished seventh in the Movember 50.
"It was a solid day for our No. 3 Dow Chevrolet," said McGraw. "We definitely had our work cut out for us starting toward the rear of the pack, but I knew we had a fast Chevrolet. I was just trying to be patient early by picking and choosing my battles. When we got those several cautions in a row it opened the door for me to play some strategy and put some fresh tires on our Dow Chevrolet. I thought we were going to be in a really good spot, but we ended up picking up some damage from a few of those mid-race incidents, which ruined our strategy. Thankfully, we got a long run at the end of the race and were able to work our way well inside the top 10 and bring home a strong finish for everyone. I had a lot of fun and am looking forward to Homestead."
After a strong showing at Dover International Speedway, both RCR eSports drivers will look to carry that momentum in round two of the NASCAR Heat 5 Winter Heat Series. The Holiday 60 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take place on Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on Twitter @RCR_eSports for live race updates. For more information on streaming or sign ups visit https://winter.nascarheat.com/.