NOTEBOOK: Corey Heim determined to finish what he started at Kansas Speedway

Corey Heim

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Corey Heim still thinks about what might have been at the Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway earlier this year.

After leading 56 of the opening 57 laps, a dominant day for Heim ended abruptly after he and Drew Dollar teamed up as they battled for the lead, forcing Heim to settle for his worst finish of the 2022 Series season. ARCA Menards so far at 16the.

“Looking back at that race, we definitely had the car to beat,” said Heim. “We dominated the first part, but something out of our control took us out. The fact that we know we have a really good package that we’re taking to Kansas this weekend definitely gives me a lot of confidence. All we can do is go out there and try to get the best race we can.”

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Corey Heim
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Heim said the Dutch Boy 150 was the first time he and Dollar had been together on the track in four years of racing together. He considers the incident nothing more than a racing deal and is eager to get back to one of his favorite tracks in Kansas.

There are many aspects of Kansas that Heim believes suit his driving style, like the track’s progressive banking and how drivers are constantly on the edge no matter if they’re at the top or bottom of the groove.

Heim also has the benefit of running the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race the night before. Although he expects the Truck Series race to be very different from Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 150, Heim said any time on the track can only help him become more comfortable with the Venturini Motorsports-prepared car.

With Kansas being the place where Heim earned his first ARCA Menards Series victory in 2020, he wants nothing more than to visit the track’s Victory Lane again on Saturday night. But he knows his car will be strong enough to get the job done.

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“I’ve been this close so many times,” Heim said. “There are about three races that I feel like I should have won. It’s going to be important for me to get out of the truck on Saturday morning and show speed early on, but I’m sure this Crescent Tools Camry is going to be pretty good.”

Heim’s quest for his second victory at Kansas Speedway will begin on Saturday night at 6 pm CT/7 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live on MAVTV with a live stream available on FloRacing.

Nick Sanchez goes for three in a row at Kansas

Fortunes have favored Nick Sanchez in the last two ARCA Menards Series events in Kansas.

Sanchez had to overcome Heim and Ty Gibbs in a green-white checkered matchup at Kansas in 2021 to take home his first career ARCA Menards Series victory. He added a second track victory to his resume at this year’s Dutch Boy 150 after taking advantage of the clash between Heim and Dollar.

Kansas’ victory in May has been one of many highlights for Sánchez in 2022. His three wins on the year have allowed him to build a small but comfortable 10-point lead over Daniel Dye in the ARCA Menards Series standings with four remaining races. .

With Sánchez on the cusp of a possible championship, he is looking forward to returning to Kansas this weekend, where he hopes to build on his lead over Dye by scoring his third straight win on the track.

This time, Sánchez wants to control his own destiny and be the dominant car throughout the 100 laps.

Rajah Caruth looks to finally get his first victory in the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. (Amanda Rhoades/ARCA Racing)

Rajah Caruth returns to the site of the best result of his career

The most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Kansas yielded a one-two finish for Rev Racing, with Rajah Caruth in second behind teammate Sanchez.

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While that race remains Caruth’s best in a strong rookie campaign, he left Kansas disappointed knowing he had a car capable of winning but ultimately couldn’t pass Sanchez for the lead.

The Dutch Boy 150 was one of six top-five finishes Caruth has achieved during the 2022 season. Despite showing consistency, Caurth’s hopes of becoming the first Caribbean-American to win an ARCA Menards Series title they took a hit at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds when overheating issues sidelined him after 17 laps.

Now facing a 28-point deficit to Sanchez, Caruth is only focused on getting wins over the final four races on the schedule. With intermediates being a strength for Rev Racing this year, Caruth hopes both he and Sanchez will be in the mix for victory alongside drivers like Heim and Sammy Smith.

Caruth is confident Rev Racing can extend its winning streak to three wins at Kansas, but hopes he will be the one to represent the organization at Victory Lane on Saturday night.

Grades:

  • Scott Melton returns to Kansas after missing the Dutch Boy 150 in May due to injuries sustained in a crash at Talladega Superspeedway. Will Kimmel drove Melton’s car in that event and took home a solid sixth place finish.
  • Cody Coughlin will make his second ARCA Menards Series start with his family team in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 150. In the organization’s first race at Michigan International Speedway, Coughlin kept his car out of trouble to secure an eighth-place finish on the lead lap.
  • Four-time Mid-American Stock Car Series champion Ron Vandermeier Jr. will make his fifth start in the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season this weekend. One of Vandermeier’s two top-10 finishes came in the Dutch Boy 150 earlier this year, which was an eighth-place finish.
  • Matt Wilson is back with ARCA Menards Seires driving for Eric Caudell. He originally entered the Dutch Boy 150 in May, but ended up retiring.

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