Corey Heim has spent the last couple of years climbing behind the wheel of whatever machine he can get into for as many laps as he can get as he looks to advance his racing career. That has included full-time runs in the Southern Super Series and both the CARS Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Tours, while also competing in ARCA Menards Series events and the biggest Super Late Model and Late Model Stock races in their respective disciplines.
Three months after scoring his first career ARCA win at Kansas Speedway, it was announced last week that he would be chasing after the series championship in 2021 with Venturini Motorsports. It will be a part of what is set to become a busy racing schedule for the Georgia driver, with other races planned with Lee Pulliam Performance in a Late Model Stock and with Jett Motorsports on the Super Late Model side.”
“As of right now we’re going to run the full ARCA season and we’re going to try to get into a couple of the bigger Super Late Model and Late Model Stock races throughout the year. We might try to hit on the Triple Crown on the Late Model Stock side depending on how scheduling works,” Heim told Speed51’s “The Bullring.” “I definitely want to stay around the short track scene with the Supers. The Derby, Winchester, tracks like that, I’ve always enjoyed running big races for the Super Late Models and Late Model Stocks.”
While the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season has yet to officially begin, Heim has already started it off on the right foot. He was fastest on day two of this past weekend’s open preseason test at Daytona International Speedway out of 56 cars who took time.
“It never hurts to be at the top of the board, for what it’s worth. I know for sure we’ll have a fast car to go back to Daytona with here in about a month and I think we have a great season ahead of us.”
The Georgia driver is one year removed from his biggest Late Model win to date, coming at Crisp Motorsports Park in CRA SpeedFest last January. He found himself in a five-lap shootout with fellow Peach State native Kyle Plott, prevailing in a photo finish after 200 laps.
One year after that win, he reflected on the race and what it did for him leading into the bulk of last season.
“The race between me and Kyle was definitely one the fans wished they had attended if they didn’t, it was a great show. That track always puts on a good race. It’s multi-grooved, the no backstretch wall makes it exciting as well for drivers and fans. Kyle’s always been a clean racer, a hard racer. We go back and forth in the most respectful way possible.
“I’m a full believer in that winning a race gives you a lot of confidence going into the next one, and momentum going from one race into another. That being the first race of 2020, it gave me a lot of confidence going into my two new teams during the year,” he added. “Just to be able to work with Jett for the first time and click off that win, it gave me a lot of confidence in me going out there and winning the big races.”
With one of the premier teams behind him, it’s championship or bust for Heim in the ARCA Menards Series this season. He enters next month’s season opener as the most recent winner with the series after taking the finale at Kansas in October.
“Anything less than a championship would be underachieving for our team. We’ve got a lot of smart people working in the building. As far as our equipment goes, there’s no lack of it. We definitely have some competition this year but I’m very confident in my Venturini Motorsports guys that we can get it done.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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