Special from Speed51.com – Corey Heim hasn’t gotten behind the wheel of a Super Late Model very often this year, but he has made each start count. The Georgia driver joined Jett Motorsports for his select starts in the 2020 season and it immediately paid off with a win at CRA SpeedFest back in January.
He is now set to make his sixth Super Late Model start of the year at the All American 400 this weekend, his first since the Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway at the end of September.
While his Super Late Model schedule has been limited, his overall racing schedule has been the opposite. Sunday’s event will be his 23rd race of the year between Supers, Late Model Stocks and ARCA.
“I’m really excited, we haven’t done a lot of Super stuff this year. I’m excited to get back and I haven’t been to Nashville in over a year,” Heim told Speed51. “It’s pretty exciting to get back with my Jett guys, it’s been pretty exciting with them with the limited starts we’ve had with them this year. It’ll be a pretty good deal.”
Heim’s most recent race saw him become a first-time winner in the ARCA Menards Series, leading 82 of 100 laps to take the win at Kansas Speedway. That win capped off a year that saw him finish no worse than eighth in any of his starts between the main ARCA series and ARCA Menards Series East.
“That was awesome, we had a ton of speed this year with Venturini Motorsports and we finally got a win at Kansas. We were in the first one during the summer and ran well at that until we had a flat right front tire. To come back and pretty much dominate the race was pretty cool.”
While Heim has competed at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in the past, this weekend will see him make his All American 400 debut. He finished 11th in both of his previous starts, one in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge and one with the ARCA Menards Series.
Despite the 300-lap distance equaling the length of his previous two Nashville races combined, not much changes in his preparation for the Super Late Model crown jewel.
“I wouldn’t say it’s too different from any other race, you’ve just got to hydrate. I know it’s going to be cooler this weekend than it has been in the past couple of months. I don’t think it’s going to be too bad as far as that goes.”
“As far as endurance goes I’ve just got to make sure the car’s good and I’m not having too much of a handful of a time hanging on to it. Nashville’s a pretty physical track and I’ve struggled there in the past. I just have to prepare well and get as much seat time as I can to prepare for that.”
The All American 400 is the first of two end-of-year races for Heim, which also includes the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby the first weekend in December. He would like nothing more than to top off his SpeedFest win from earlier in the year and to give himself confidence boost going into the Derby.
“I think the All American is a cool race. Nashville’s a cool city and the track’s history is awesome. There’s a lot of motivation for me to do well there, especially since I haven’t done great there in the past, just to come back and rebound from that would be pretty cool. To have momentum and confidence going into the Derby this year would be awesome as well.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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