Corey Heim turned many heads in the short track world in 2018. After bursting onto the scene with a top-10 finish in the 2017 Snowflake 100, the 16-year-old put the short track world on notice last season. This weekend, Heim will look to make even more noise and become the latest driver to score a breakout victory during CRA SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA).
In 2018, Heim earned his first Super Late Model win during the CARS Tour finale at South Boston Speedway (VA). He also nearly won the prestigious Martinsville 300 at Martinsville Speedway (VA) in his first attempt.
After scoring a runner-up in the CARS Tour Super Late Model standings and a third-place result in Southern Super Series points, Heim will begin his 2019 season at SpeedFest. He finished sixth in the Pro Late Model race one year ago, but he will make the jump up to run the Super Late Model portion Saturday afternoon.
The Marietta, Georgia driver is feeling confident heading into SpeedFest. He is looking to improve on his impressive outings at Crisp Motorsports Park in 2018 in the Pro Late Model portion of SpeedFest and the Southern Super Series race at the track.
“Really at this point we’re just looking to knock off top threes and hopefully some wins this time around,” Heim told Speed51.com. “Last year we had a really good run at Cordele in the Pro Late Models for SpeedFest. I think we’re going to improve in the Super this year and have a really good run. Me and my crew chief are really good at that track. We were having a really good run there in the Southern Super Series race until we ran out of fuel. I think we’re pretty much going for a top five, hopefully better. That’s definitely our goal right now.”
SpeedFest traditionally brings some of Super Late Model racing’s best to the 3/8-mile track in the Watermelon Capital of the World. With a stout entry list, Heim also sees another challenge thrown into the mix for this weekend. With high temperatures expected to only be in the low 50s for qualifying and the race, he sees the cooler weather playing a factor.
“Honestly, probably the weather,” Heim said. “It’s looking to be really cold right now and it will probably be a lot colder at night. When the sun’s going down, the shade and the shadows are going to be a really big deal at Cordele just because of how the climate is down there. Probably just adjusting the car to the weather.
“Another thing is just the competition. We’re competing against guys like Kyle Busch and (Bubba) Pollard and (Casey) Roderick are going to be down there. It’s a really stacked field. That’s going to be another challenge for us going down there.”
The last two SpeedFest races have seen young drivers Harrison Burton and Chandler Smith pick up their first marquee Super Late Model wins. A SpeedFest win for Heim would not only be big for his career, but bringing home a trophy from what he considers his home track would mean even more to him and his family.
“It would mean a lot to me. That’s basically our home track so to bring a Crisp Motorsports Park trophy back home to my family would be a really big deal and I’d remember it forever, for sure. I love that race track and I have a lot of family in that area. It would be awesome to win down in that area.”
While Heim will have a lot of friends and family in attendance, those who can’t make it out to the track can watch CRA SpeedFest 2019 via a live pay-per-view broadcast Saturday on Speed51.com. Friday’s qualifying for both Late Model divisions will also be streamed live on the Speed51 Network for premium (monthly or yearly) subscribers. A 100-mile blackout for both broadcasts will be in effect for the areas surrounding Cordele, Georgia.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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