With time running out on the 2018 racing season, Corey Heim finally got his winning day in a Super Late Model during Saturday’s CARS Tour season finale at South Boston Speedway (VA).
After spending the first 75 of 125 laps stalking polesitter Tate Fogleman for the lead, Heim seized the top spot when Fogleman slid up too high in turn one and fell to fourth. While Fogleman and Brandon Lynn battled one another for third, Anthony Cataldi settled into second with he and Heim waging a 50-lap battle for what would be their first Super Late Model win.
Cataldi was able to get alongside Heim using the inside line on multiple occasions, but Heim skillfully navigated his No. 78 on the outside line to keep Cataldi’s No. 00 at bay.
With five laps to go, Cataldi then decided to turn up the heat, rubbing his way past Heim to get clear for the lead. But Heim would counterattack within less than a lap, using the front bumper on a crossover move back to the lead, for good.
Heim’s win also helped to shake off recent memories of Late Model Stock Car wins that had been lost in controversial finishes and post-race inspections.
“It feels great, first time crossing the finish line first in a Super Late Model,” Heim told Speed51.com. “We’ve had a bunch of hard luck with tech this year. Great hard racing all race long. Hats off to the 00, he raced me hard but clean if that makes sense. Just glad to be here in victory lane for the first time.”
When it came to the final battle against Cataldi over the final laps, Heim had no issues with the aggression level.
“I raced him kind of the same way he raced me. He was rubbing against me, which is fine with me, I just did the same back to him. Just got a little bit of bumper under him, crossed him back over, and took the lead back.”
For the most part, Cataldi’s opinion of the battle was positive but with some added insight.
“It was a good hard race. We had a good, hard battle going,” Cataldi said after the race. “He was a little tight, I could kind of get the run and get up underneath him up off the corner, and I got door to door with him. I could pull up alongside him, but every time we got down the straightaways he just door slammed the heck out of me, and I tried to keep it clean. I had to get into him just a little bit just to barely get by him, I made the pass clean, and he just jacked the heck out of us getting into the corner. We raced clean most of the race. I get it to get the win, but I just got a little more class then that.”
Despite being disappointed in coming up short, Cataldi was glad to have stayed in the runner-up spot after being right there at the top. His performance Saturday came on the heels of the announcement that Crooks Racing acquired Port City Racecars.
“Little of a tough pill to swallow, first one for us to be up front like that contending for the win, it’s really good for Port City Racecars and Crooks Racing.”
Both drivers agree that they have momentum going into the very end of the season at the Snowball Derby, especially with Heim and the 78 crew.
“It gives me a lot of confidence finally getting a win in the Supers. Any win, any top three is confidence. We came here with a great car and came out with a great win, hopefully we can go and get a great finish at the Derby,” Heim proclaimed.
Brandon Lynn held off Tate Fogleman in the battle for third while Nolan Pope completed the top five.
Jared Fryar clinched the 2018 CARS Super Late Model Tour at the drop of the green flag, but did not have the race he wanted, hitting the wall on Lap 103.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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CARS Super Late Model Tour Unofficial Results
November 3, 2018 – South Boston Speedway (VA)
Pos # Driver
1 78 Corey Heim
2 00 Anthony Cataldi
3 97 Brandon Lynn
4 8 Tate Fogleman
5 34 Nolan Pope
6 49 Jeff Batten
7 6W Matt Wallace
8 7 Tyler Church
9 16 Molly Helmuth
10 7S Taylor Stricklin
11 2 Darrell Gilchrist
12 14 Jared Fryar
13 6 Mike Wallace
14 17 Mike Speeney
15 12 Dean Ward
16 21 Ryan Mathews
17 24 Colin Garrett