At the start of the 2018 short track season, many in the Southeast were telling their racing friends to keep an eye on newcomer Corey Heim. After a successful run in Legends Cars, Heim has spent the past year transitioning to Late Models, first turning heads in the Pro Late Model ranks with his speed and consistency.
Now he is doing the same in Super Late Models, so well in fact that he has gotten an early points lead in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco championship. This is also while seeing select tracks for the first time in his career. In about one week, he will face another unseen venue at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway.
“I’ve never been there with a Legends Car or a Late Model, so we’ve got some learning to do at that race track. But we’re bringing our primary car, we’ve had a bunch of good races with the car, so I still feel confident heading to Anderson,” Heim told Speed51.com.
While he came into the 2018 season with some major goals, Heim admits that being in the SSS points lead this early is slightly above what they had expected.
“I really had no big expectations for the Southern Super Series. The ones for CARS Tour were a little bigger, but Southern Super Series wasn’t our big goal at the start. But now somehow we’re out in front right now. It’s great since we’re racing against top tier guys like Pollard, Roderick, Nasse, and people like that. It’s crazy.”
Despite a tough hit with the 78 team’s secondary car in PASS South competition a week ago at Concord, Heim is still riding a wave of momentum following a podium performance at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) in the Short Track U.S. Nationals.
“It’s been a blast, we’ve had a few bad races, but we’ve also had some good moments. Bristol was good luck for us. I’m having a ton of fun. We’ve been having better finishes than other seasons, but we need to keep improving on them.”
Despite having no experience driving at Anderson, Heim feels it is a track that he can adapt to quickly.
“I’ve studied it a little bit and it seems to fit my driving style, with it being a tighter racetrack and a pretty good amount of banking. I’ve done well at places like that. Opp is like that and we got a top five finish there. I think we can do well at Anderson.”
The biggest goal from here on is that first Super Late Model win, but at the same time he is not forgetting about that SSS points lead.
“I think getting a win is above all, but we’re not forgetting about the points. Southern Super Series win and a championship wouldn’t look too bad on my resume. If we’re near the front at the end and we got a shot at a top three, we’ll go for points, but if we’ve got the speed, I’m going for the win.”
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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