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Heim bumps Gibbs for Elko win

ELKO NEW MARKET, MINN. — The No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry, driven by Corey Heim, pictured before the ARCA Menards Series 250 at Elko Speedway (Photo: Jonathan Fjeld/TRE).

ELKO NEW MARKET, MINN. — Corey Heim earned his fourth win of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series in Saturday’s ARCA Menards 250 at Elko Speedway.

Heim pulled a winning bump-and-run move on Ty Gibbs during a restart with three laps to go.

Gibbs and Heim battled for the lead during a restart following a Lap 47 caution. However, the battle ended when Gibbs hit Heim’s left-rear fender entering turn three.

“Throughout the race, I got to his outside clean and then five laps later he’s beating my door off,” Heim stated about Gibbs. “That’s racing until you try to spin me out once or twice, playing restart games. I gave him one good push at the end and that’s all that counts.”

Heim and Gibbs have won every ARCA Menards Series race this season. Gibbs has won five races and Heim has won four races.

ELKO NEW MARKET, MINN. — ARCA Menards Series points leader Corey Heim signs autographs for fans prior to the start of the July 10 ARCA Menards 250 at Elko Speedway (Photo: Jonathan Fjeld/TRE).

Heim’s fourth win of 2021 was also his second ARCA Menards Series win in a row.

Heim had won June 25 at Pocono after avoiding Ty Gibbs and Chandler Smith who made contact with each other on the final restart.

Similar to Saturday’s race at Elko, Gibbs led the most laps but Heim won.

“We’re going to have to have a little more speed and just keep trying things,” Heim said. “The 18 was better and we tried a few things but we went the wrong way. We’ll go back and see what we can do, if it was me burning up the tires and we’ll be better on speed than luck.”

Corey Heim leads the ARCA Menards Series points standings by seven points over Ty Gibbs heading into the July 17 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin Raceway (8 p.m. ET; TV: MAVTV).

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