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Corey Heim's Time to Shine at Martinsville Speedway in Long John Silver’s 250

By: Holly Cain; NASCAR Wire Service

April 17, 2023


Corey Heim prevailed at Martinsville Speedway late Friday night to earn his first NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series victory of the season after persevering through both rain and dry conditions, two red flag periods for weather and multiple charges by the highly-motivated veteran Kyle Busch.

The 20-year-old Georgia native Heim led his first laps of the 2023 season at exactly the right time – holding the point for an impressive 82 of the 124 laps of the Long John Silver’s 200. Including the most important lap.

An accident with 85 laps remaining brought out the yellow flag and after several circuits under caution, NASCAR brought the trucks to pit road where the red flag flew for rain and the race was declared official on lap 124 of the scheduled 200 laps.

“Rain, rain, come on,’’ Heim told his TRICON Garage crew on the radio, just before climbing out of his No. 11 Toyota truck during that final red flag period.

“This race was cut short and that’s definitely unfortunate, but this truck was fast all night,’’ he said adding, “I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys.’’

Heim had to work for this, holding off Busch – who was racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports’ 100th win – and reigning series champion Zane Smith on four different re-starts to claim the famed one-of-a-kind grandfather clock Martinsville trophy only minutes before that clock would strike midnight.

“We just didn’t have a good enough short run truck,’’ said Busch, who finished second. “Being a little bit loose and free that we were, we were hoping that would pay off in the long run but never had a long run.

The longest run of the race was on rain tires.

“It did not go our way today, unfortunately.’’

Heim swept both stage wins – his first of the season as well.

“I bring a 100-percent effort to every race every week so to be able to sit here and have it pay off is phenomenal,’’ Heim said.

Smith finished third in the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford with ThorSports Racing’s Ty Majeski and Heim’s TRICON teammate Tanner Gray rounded out the top five.

Ben Rhodes, Matt DiBenedetto, Taylor Gray, William Sawalich and Chase Purdy completed the top 10. It was the 18-year-old Sawalich’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut – helping the TRICON team to four top-10 finishes.

Majeski maintains the points lead after Martinsville by 26 points over Smith and 49 over Rhodes.
The trucks take a couple weeks off and will return to competition on May 6, at Kansas Speedway in the Heart of America 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The racing this weekend at Martinsville Speedway continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Before You Dig 250 on Saturday, April 15. Then on Sunday, April 16, drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series – including the return of Chase Elliott – battle it out in the NOCO 400, all at the iconic venue known to bring the action.

Tickets are available for purchase via phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at Fans can stay connected to Martinsville Speedway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the NASCAR Tracks App.

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Race - Long John Silver's 200
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, Virginia
Friday, April 14, 2023

1. (4) Corey Heim, Toyota, 124.
2. (2) Kyle Busch(i), Chevrolet, 124.
3. (1) Zane Smith, Ford, 124.
4. (12) Ty Majeski, Ford, 124.
5. (9) Tanner Gray, Toyota, 124.
6. (3) Ben Rhodes, Ford, 124.
7. (5) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, 124.
8. (24) Taylor Gray #, Toyota, 124.
9. (22) William Sawalich, Toyota, 124.
10. (8) Chase Purdy, Chevrolet, 124.
11. (19) Nick Sanchez #, Chevrolet, 124.
12. (25) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 124.
13. (18) Jake Garcia #, Chevrolet, 124.
14. (10) Grant Enfinger, Chevrolet, 124.
15. (6) Christian Eckes, Chevrolet, 124.
16. (31) Kris Wright, Chevrolet, 124.
17. (26) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 124.
18. (15) Conner Jones, Ford, 124.
19. (28) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 124.
20. (27) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 124.
21. (36) Dean Thompson, Toyota, 124.
22. (23) Bret Holmes #, Chevrolet, 124.
23. (30) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 124.
24. (29) Memphis Villarreal, Toyota, 124.
25. (16) Rajah Caruth #, Chevrolet, 124.
26. (11) Matt Crafton, Ford, 124.
27. (14) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 124.
28. (17) Kaden Honeycutt, Ford, 123.
29. (33) Jonathan Shafer, Toyota, 123.
30. (13) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 123.
31. (21) Daniel Dye #, Chevrolet, 123.
32. (20) Lawless Alan, Chevrolet, 122.
33. (32) Mason Massey, Ford, 122.
34. (7) Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet, 122.
35. (34) Brad Perez(i), Chevrolet, 118.
36. (35) Stephen Mallozzi, Ford, 116.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 46.849 mph.
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 23 Mins, 32 Secs. Margin of Victory: Under Caution Seconds.
Caution Flags: 6 for 63 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: Z. Smith 1-5;K. Busch(i) 6-42;C. Heim 43-124.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Corey Heim 1 time for 82 laps; Kyle Busch(i) 1 time for 37 laps; Zane Smith 1 time for 5 laps.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 11,51,38,15,19,99,98,25,42,1
Stage #2 Top Ten: 11,51,38,19,15,98,99,42,25,9