(Press Release from NASCAR Built-in Advertising Communications)
Venturini Motorsports very last month pinned Corey Heim as its complete-time driver in the ARCA Menards Sequence for 2021. His very first endeavor was to attempt to extend the team’s four-race profitable streak at Daytona Intercontinental Speedway with a victory in Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Pushed by Basic Tire.
He did just that.
The 18-yr-outdated Heim held off his VMS teammate, pole-sitter Drew Dollar, on the last lap to gain the ARCA Menards Series time-opener at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Heim, who won past season’s finale at Kansas Speedway to gain his very first collection victory, picked up suitable exactly where he remaining off driving the No. 20 JBL Toyota.
“I gotta give it all to (crew chief) Shannon Rursch,” mentioned Heim of the closing restart with just one lap to go Saturday. “He built the ideal call, executed this race ideal. He dialed this JBL Camry in ideal.
“Can’t give plenty of many thanks to Toyota Racing, Venturini Motorsports, JBL, all the fellas who make it come about.”
A warning with 4 laps to go established up Saturday’s extra time end. With Heim, the chief, using the top rated lane and Greenback on the base, the latter enable the former shift to the inside so the duo could function alongside one another in the draft.
Even with Dollar’s auto harmed and lacking electric power steering, the strategy labored to perfection, and VMS finished the race with a 1-2 finish.
“I felt like that was actually all we could do there,” Dollar stated of the past lap. “We had a tremendous quick Camry right now just did not genuinely have what it took to gain once we had injury. Had a very little little bit of a tire rub and just required to get to the stop. It was challenging with out any electric power steering.”
Which includes last summer’s ARCA Menards Series race at the Daytona Global Speedway Highway Course, a VMS Toyota has now received 5 consecutive races on the platform at the Planet Heart of Racing.
That also indicates VMS has received four straight ARCA Menards Collection time-openers on the famed Daytona oval.
“I gotta give a great deal of props to Drew Dollar,” Heim included. “He truly assisted me there at the conclude, just him getting correct driving me. I know he’s received a minor little bit of experience and just raced (Friday night’s NASCAR Camping Environment) Truck (Collection) race, as well. Really dependable him, and it paid off.”
Defending series winner Bret Holmes concluded third in advance of Ty Gibbs in fourth and Kyle Sieg in fifth.
Derrick Lancaster, Tanner Gray, Andy Jankowiak, Jack Wooden and Sean Corr rounded out the prime 10.
Heim and Dollar’s VMS teammates, Derek Griffith and Gracie Trotter, completed 30th and 23rd, respectively, following finding caught up in incidents.
Although primary, Griffith was knocked out of the race on Lap 27 when Trotter bought into his rear bumper.
Trotter found much more trouble later on in the race when she ran into the again of Chuck Hiers’ automobile as it slid into the outside wall.
Including the scheduled race crack on Lap 43, the race featured 4 cautions for a complete of 31 laps. There had been 5 lead changes among the 6 drivers.
The ARCA Menards Collection will return to action on Friday, March 12 at Phoenix Raceway. That race will be a combination occasion with the ARCA Menards West and will mark the West Series’ time-opener.
The Phoenix 150 is scheduled to commence at 5:30 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on MAVTV while streaming on TrackPass on NBC Athletics Gold.