Mother Nature threw a wrench into Friday’s plans at CRA SpeedFest, moving qualifying back to Saturday morning while shortening practice to two half-hour sessions. It was Georgia’s own Corey Heim pacing the field overall in his first start with a new team, setting a lap time of 16.036 in the final session to lead all drivers on the day.
The 17-year-old was able to build off a successful test session at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) in advance of the first major Super Late Model race of the year this weekend. It immediately yielded results for the team, ending the first practice sixth quick before setting the fastest lap of the day in the final session.
“I think it’s good. We tested the other week with Jett Motorsports and got the balance right, came back today and unloaded on stickers with fast time,” Heim told Speed51.com. “We also made a 15-lap run and it felt good as well.”
Saturday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series 200-lap race will be Heim’s first race as part of the Jett Motorsports stable. With the speed and success the team has had over the years with Jeff Choquette and Stephen Nasse in Super Late Model racing’s biggest events, he is excited to see what they can do when the green flag drops for 200-laps.
“They’re a great group of guys,” he says of the team. “We communicate well and have made a lot of progress.”
Jett Motorsports teammate Stephen Nasse also showed speed in both the Super and Pro Late Models, setting the fastest time overall in the Pro while ending the day fourth in the Super. Friday’s practice sessions left him confident going into his first SpeedFest doubleheader attempt.
“I think we have a really good shot at both of them, top five in both cars,” Nasse said. “I wasn’t really happy with the handling on the Super, but I feel like when we went back out after making our mock run we were able to make pretty good gains on it. I know once we get the car driving better I’ll pick up even more, I’m not completely happy with it yet but I think it’ll be a really good piece for tomorrow.
“We came and tested last week and I knew the Pro car was going to be really good. We haven’t put a lot of effort on it, we kind of put it on the backburner because the Super is so new to us and trying to figure out the Rowdy car,” he added. “I feel really good about it; I hope it stays. That car’s been pretty good to us, we’ve ran it in the last few big Pro Late Model races and got some good finishes, so hopefully tomorrow we can get another one.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Kyler Hope