Corey Heim heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday for his first road start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. Heim, who turned 20 on Tuesday, will be looking to take home a little birthday week bonus on the 2.258-mile road course, the final race of the Triple Truck Challenge. The Georgia native banked an additional $50,000 with his win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway for the first leg of the Triple Truck Challenge. If he is able to get into victory lane on Saturday and win two of the three events, his bonus will increase to $150,000.
Saturday’s event will mark the first time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course, but it will be Heim’s third trip to the track. The Toyota Racing Development driver took pole and finished seventh in last year’s ARCA Menards Series event at Mid-Ohio. To get more track time before Saturday’s Truck Series race, Heim raced in the Trans Am Series TA2 division at Mid-Ohio on June 26. He started 16e and finished eighth in the 38-lap event. It has a road start in Truck Series action, an 18e-place at Watkins Glen (NY) International last year.
In seven Truck Series starts this season, Heim has produced two wins, 61 laps, two top fives and three top 10s, averaging 18.6. The Georgia native earned his first career Truck Series victory in just his fifth start earlier this season at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and was also victorious at Gateway. He has led at least one lap in four of his seven starts this season and has qualified in the top five in each of his last five starts.
With two wins in his first 10 Truck Series starts, the 19-year-old is one of only 12 drivers in series history to claim multiple wins in his first 10 starts. Kasey Kahne and Mike Skinner each had five wins, Mark Martin had four wins, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ted Musgrave and William Byron brought home three checkered flags and Heim, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Rich Bickle, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart have all delivered two victories.
Heim is competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year 2022 Truck Series award. Although he has only competed in seven of the 14 events so far this season, he sits second in the standings, eight points behind Lawless Alan. Heim will look to join three other KBM drivers who have won the award, defending winner Chandler Smith, William Byron (2016) and Erik Jones (2015).
In addition to his part-time Truck Series program, Heim competes in a six-race program for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards Series. Heim led 74 of 90 laps en route to victory at Daytona in February to claim his eighth career victory in the ARCA Menards Series. In 40 career starts in the ARCA Menards Series, he had 659 lead laps, 29 top fives and 38 top 10s, averaging 4.4. Heim finished second to Ty Gibbs in the 2021 ARCA Menards Series Championship standings.
Mardy Lindley returned to KBM for his second season atop team stand No. 51. Lindley has led his team to six wins since joining KBM at the start of the 2021 season, including two with Heim and one with Kyle Bush this year. In 2021, his drivers scored three wins, two with Busch and one with Martin Truex Jr. Prior to arriving at KBM, Lindley guided his drivers to 32 wins and four ARCA Menards Series East championships since 2013, including back-to-back titles with Sam. Mayer the last two seasons. Additionally, he won the ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown Championship with Mayer in 2020. Lindley made the decisions for five races on road courses in the Truck Series action, recording one win, two top fives and two top 10s. Kyle Busch took the win last month at Sonoma Raceway.
JBL, the authority on superior sound engineering, returns to KBM for an eighth season and will be the title sponsor of Heim’s Toyota for 11 races this season, including Saturday’s race at Mid-Ohio.