NASCAR Truck in Atlanta: Corey Heim takes his first victory in the series (+ video)

Saturday March 19, 2022 by Julie Bouchard

Playing a partial season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series, the young (19) Corey Heim won the third event of the season this Saturday, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (Georgia). At the controls of his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Heim did not hesitate to push his teammate Chandler Smith, winner at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago and who is competing for the full season, to seize the Victoire.

It all came down to the final lap as, moments after being given the white flag, Corey Heim rocketed inside Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith, before being pushed by the third driver of the team, John Hunter Nemechek. But Heim held on to win his first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Heim’s Toyota No. 51 crossed the finish line 0.173 seconds ahead of another Toyota, that of Ben Rhodes (ThorSport Racing). Ty Majeski, also of ThorSport Racing, came third ahead of Chandler Smith. Behind this Toyota quartet, we find the first Ford driver, Zane Smith (Front Row Motorsports), winner at the Daytona International Speedway at the start of the season.

Note that Nemechek, winner of stage 2, was a lap behind when he got into the leading peloton on the last lap. His maneuvers were not to the liking of some leaders, Smith in particular declaring that he would have preferred not to see him influence the result in this way.

Canadian Stewart Friesen completed the Top 6, in addition to winning Stage 1, which was held without neutralization despite the fact that Hailie Deegan’s Ford No.1 suffered a puncture and the start of a fire while approaching from the pit line. The pilot was not injured in the incident.

Ryan Preece, Tanner Gray, Derek Kraus and Austin Wayne Self completed the top 10 round. For the full ranking, click here. For the video of the best moments, see below…

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