Josh Parker Storms to NASCAR Virtual Race Win As Rivals Collide

Published 07/09/2020, 10:22 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the next round of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League took place at the virtual Auto Club Speedway. When the race reached its wild conclusion, Josh Parker stormed to victory in the PlayStation 4 event.

The online racer snatched the lead, quite deep in the race, and held it for a while until a caution. Parker joined several drivers in the pit lane during the caution. However, Kyle Arnold and Josh Harbin elected to stay out and led on the final restart.

Unfortunately, this backfired on both of them because Arnold could not hold on to the lead with his wearing tires. He dropped off and became vulnerable to Parker’s attack, who later took the lead.

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Since then, Josh Parker did not look back and practically rabbited away from the chasing pack. Meanwhile, the rest of the field jostled for position and tried not to trip over themselves.

The bad news was that Brandyn Gritton and Nick Jobes did not get the memo and tangled with one another. Gritton barged into Jobes while battling for second, but Jobes counter-attacked. It got worse when Gritton spun through the infield during the final lap and dropped down the order.

Josh Parker was unstoppable

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Oblivious to all this, Josh Parker raced to the flag and seized his first victory of the 2020 season. Jobes lived to tell the tale and managed to finish second, with Joey Stone completing the top 3. Meanwhile, TJ McGowan and Corey Rothgeb rounded out the top five.

Parker was in fine form and right up among the leaders throughout the race. With 33 laps to go, he sensed an opportunity and swooped into the lead, never relinquishing it until the first round of pit stops.

Jobes triggered the pitstop phase and several drivers followed him in. Once the field shook itself out, Parker got the lead back until the caution came out with 19 laps left.

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Then, Kyle Arnold brought out another yellow flag waved with 14 laps remaining. Finally, Brandon Hanna became the reason behind the last caution. Luckily, Parker escaped all that drama and managed to hold on for the victory.

 

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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