Corey Heim will drive the No. 12 Toyota Camry in Friday’s Dawn 150 from Kansas Speedway. For Heim, it will be his first start in the series on a track longer than 1.25-miles (with the exception of the 2.5-mile triangle of Pocono Raceway, which he raced on once last summer) with the Kansas City track being a 1.5-mile cookie cutter.
Heim regularly drives the Lee Pulliam Performance No. 78 Late Model in races around the country, including the CARS Tour, which he finished runner-up in the 2018 Super Late Model championship. After three races and a victory, he currently sits second in points in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour division.
Last weekend, Heim was on his way to win the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway until being knocked out of the way by eventual race winner, Brendan Queen with just six laps remaining. Heim led 99 of the 203 laps from the pole position before the crash, which delegated him to a 19th-place result.
“Just have to put it behind me and move from where I’m at,” Heim told The Racing Experts on Tuesday about setting his sights on the Kansas weekend. “That’s racing and it’ll happen sometimes.”
Heim ran 13 of the 20 races on the ARCA Menards calendar in 2019, but this weekend for him is his first start in the tour this season, in which Toyota has gone undefeated through 7 races. Heim finished a best of third at both the DuQuoin dirt track and the half mile of Salem last year racing in a Chad Bryant Racing Ford. For 2020, he has transitioned to Venturini Motorsports. Friday, he’ll drive for Fast Track Racing owned by Andy Hillenburg.
“It’s a little tough at first,” Heim commented about transitioning from his Late Model Stock to the ARCA machines. “[It] takes a few laps to really change my mindset on which car I’m driving as far as braking points and overall feel.”
When asked about his goals for the weekend, Heim simply commented “Win!”.
In 13 starts, Heim has 12 top ten finishes with an 11th-place result at the Nashville Fairgrounds, all during the 2019 campaign.