Sunday, May 19, 2024

Corey Heim punches Championship Round ticket with Bristol win

Christian Eckes was looking to earn a spot in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series‘ Championship Round, but Corey Heim ended up stealing it from him in the end. Eckes led 150 of 200 laps but was overtaken by Heim in the final six laps, securing the regular season champion’s third win of the season.

With the help of lapped traffic, which is especially easy to encounter at short tracks like Bristol Motor Speedway, Heim caught Eckes with six laps to go. He went to Eckes’ inside as they lapped Heim’s TRICON Garage team-mate Tanner Gray before clearing him exiting turn four for the lead.

“This is insane. I feel like I’ve given so many away this year and to win one at the end like that is so special,” said Heim. “To win one like that is unreal. I feel like I’ve given so many away, but I feel like I’ve got one back.

“I was in the zone. I was thinking about all of the races that we gave away, and didn’t give away, and I just focused forward and set my pass up right where I needed to. Tony Hirschman, my spotter, did an awesome job getting me through there. I’m out of breath. It’s just so awesome to know we are in Phoenix. It’s awesome.”

Eckes was unable to catch up as both tried to navigate through laps-down trucks. He settled for second, spoiling an otherwise dominant night as he won the first two stages from the pole.

Zane Smith led forty-three laps but finished twenty-fourth and a lap down after receiving a penalty for pitting outside his stall.

Jack Wood and Dean Thompson brought out the first of two non-stage cautions when they wrecked on lap fifteen. Greg Van Alst spun on lap 75 after finishing fifth in the ARCA Menards Series race earlier in the day.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 11 11 Corey Heim TRICON Garage Toyota 200 Running
2 1 19 Christian Eckes McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
3 13 23 Grant Enfinger GMS Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
4 2 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
5 8 17 Taylor Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 200 Running
6 5 24 Rajah Caruth GMS Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
7 18 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
8 3 4 Chase Purdy Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
9 35 2 Nick Sanchez Rev Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
10 12 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley WAR Chevrolet 200 Running
11 30 35 Jake Garcia McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
12 27 7 Carson Kvapil* Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
13 36 41 Bayley Currey Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
14 24 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 200 Running
15 20 66 Conner Jones ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
16 21 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
17 19 13 Hailie Deegan ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
18 28 75 Parker Kligerman* Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
19 4 98 Ty Majeski ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
20 15 61 Jake Drew Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 200 Running
21 16 43 Daniel Dye GMS Racing Chevrolet 199 Running
22 23 9 Colby Howard CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 199 Running
23 25 16 Tyler Ankrum Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 199 Running
24 10 38 Zane Smith Front Row Motorsports Ford 199 Running
25 17 02 Kaden Honeycutt Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 199 Running
26 26 56 Timmy Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 199 Running
27 29 32 Bret Holmes Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 199 Running
28 22 45 Lawless Alan Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 199 Running
29 6 15 Tanner Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 198 Running
30 9 1 William Sawalich TRICON Garage Toyota 197 Running
31 31 12 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 196 Running
32 34 22 Stephen Mallozzi AM Racing Ford 192 Running
33 33 33 Memphis Villarreal Reaume Brothers Racing Ford 191 Running
34 32 20 Greg Van Alst Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 140 Brakes
35 14 5 Dean Thompson TRICON Garage Toyota 14 Accident
36 7 51 Jack Wood Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 13 Accident
DNQ 90 Justin Carroll TC Motorsports Toyota
DNQ 44 Danny Bohn Niece Motorsports Chevrolet
Bold – Currently in playoffs
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
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