Aric Almirola NASCAR Heat 3
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NASCAR Heat 3 test drive launches as ‘Road to Miami’ competition heats up

The “NASCAR Heat Champions: Road to Miami” esports competition races on, and three more drivers have won a seat at the season finale in Homestead, Florida.

Shawn Abbott, John Minitello and Hunter Mullins showed their prowess in NASCAR Heat 3 to secure a spot in a winner-take-all championship race. The finale will be held at Ford Championship Weekend on Nov. 18, where more than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the victor.

The latest qualifiers join Nicholas Vroman, Brandyn Gritton and Nick Walker to make up half of the 12-driver field. The other half? You could be part of it.

Three more drivers will qualify through online competitions throughout the next three weekends, while the final three spots will be clinched by wildcards at the track during Ford Championship Weekend.

Earlier this year 704Games, NASCAR’s exclusive esports partner for simulation-style video games on console platforms, announced it would host a weekly esports competition in NASCAR Heat 3. NASCAR Heat Champions: Road to Miami is the culmination of an effort from both 704Games and NASCAR to engage fans through esports.

Visit for more information on how to compete for a trip of a lifetime as well as a handful of other prizes including gaming wheels, headphones and more.

Don’t have NASCAR Heat 3? You can download the full game and play it for free. Head over to for a limited time test drive on either the Xbox One or Playstation 4.