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Recap: Mullins comes up clutch to win ‘NASCAR Heat Champions’ finals

Hunter Mullins earned himself a win and $10,000 in the NASCAR Heat Champions Road to Miami Finals on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Virginia native took the lead on the final restart and held off the competition to win the inaugural NASCAR Heat Champions Road to Miami.

“The adrenaline was rushing, but once I got out front, I knew it was over and could finally breathe,” Mullins said. “Couldn’t be any better.”

After a weekend of preparation, the 12-driver field took part in a thrilling 40-lap battle to see who would leave as champion. Not only were bragging rights on the line, but so was more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.

The finale featured six caution flags and numerous passes for the lead, but race favorite Mullins was not to be denied.

“That last restart there, everybody is trying to get everything they can get. If you see a hole, you’re going to take it and that’s just what happened,” Mullins said. “The 9 — he was in front of me, I got into his bumper and pushed him up the track and I got a run and that was it.”

Mullins has been honing his skills for nearly a decade, and it ultimately came to fruition on the same day his favorite driver started from pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race.

“I grew up watching (Denny Hamlin) with Late Models and at Martinsville Speedway, my cousin races in it,” Mullins added. “They ran side-by-side for almost a 100 straight laps and it was awesome to watch.”

NASCAR Heat 3 is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. Fans can download a free trial of the hit game here.

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