(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Flat Left Front Robs Corey Heim of Runner-Up ARCA Finish

Corey Heim clearly had the second-best car on track Friday night (July 24) in the Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway in the ARCA Menards Series. But while Heim kept the No. 12 car in the picture the entire night, he fell short of his career-best finish by race’s end.

Late in the race, Heim’s left-front tire began to slowly go flat. He held off Ryan Repko and Riley Herbst all he could but couldn’t finish the race there as they successfully got past him.

Heim still finished the race in fourth, just one position short of his best finish.

During the initial segment of the race, Heim was running inside the top three, battling against teammate Repko. Heim made the move early in segment two and began to form his own zip code away from both leader Bret Holmes and third place.

Without much of an ability to pass, track position was Heim’s gameplan. On the final restart of the race, though, he spun the tires and fell all the way back to fifth before working his way past the cars in front of him.

By that point, Holmes was gone.

Smoke began to appear behind the No. 12 by race’s end as the tire began going down. Repko and Herbst made their move around him, taking second and third, respectively.

The Marietta, Ga., native has 13 other ARCA starts under his belt with Chad Bryant Racing last season. Heim made the move to Venturini Motorsports over the off-season and made his ARCA East debut with it at New Smyrna Speedway. In those previous starts, Heim has finished in fourth five previous times.

Heim had never raced on a track like Kansas in his career, only running short tracks in 2019 with CBR.

According to the initial schedule release, Heim will return to Venturini at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for his second and final start of 2020. Heim was slated to run the Five Flags Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway events in the East and the Sonoma Raceway and Phoenix Raceway events on the West. There is no word on how the stoppage and cancellation of some of these races due to COVID-19 affected this schedule.

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Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season.

His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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