Heim backs up last year’s ARCA win at Daytona with a 2nd straight, details

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Corey Heim and Venturini Motorsports experienced a déjà vu Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Last year, Heim and his team opened the season with a superspeedway victory when he won the race following an overtime restart. While it was not technically an overtime finish this time, the 2022 Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire ended with a restart on the final lap. And once again, Heim wheeled his No. 20 Crescent Tools Toyota for Venturini Motorsports to the checkered flag.

The victory marked VMS’ fifth consecutive ARCA Menards Series triumph at Daytona. It was Heim’s eighth trip to Victory Lane in the ARCA Menards Series dating back to 2020.

“My team made it easy on me,” Heim said. “I had great teammates with me the whole way. Venturini Motorsports — the most organized team out here. Toyota Racing has helped me get here, Crescent Tools … It just all came together for this race, and it worked out.”

The teammate who spent the majority of Saturday’s race pushing Heim was Parker Chase, who finished second, a new career high in the ARCA Menards Series.

Chase was on Heim’s bumper as the two crossed the finish line.

“The objective here today was to have a Venturini car win, and we succeeded at that,” Chase said. “Five in a row for Venturini, which is incredible. That’s what we came here to do.”

A stalled car brought out the final caution of Saturday’s race with four laps to go, setting up the final-lap restart. Drew Dollar, who was driving the No. 18 Lynx Capital Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, crashed hard on the backstretch during the final lap before the leaders drove on to take the checkered. Dollar was evaluated in and released from the Daytona infield care center.

Daniel Dye, who attends high school just a few miles away from Daytona in DeLand, Florida, finished third Saturday to open his first full-time season in the ARCA Menards Series running for GMS Racing.

“To finish third, with us points racing this year, I think there were 36 cars in this race — to be in the top five and finish third clean is a great start to our year,” Dye said. “I’m just proud to be here and part of this GMS team.”

Sean Corr and Gus Dean rounded out the top five in Saturday’s race. Andy Jankowiak, Mason Diaz, Dave Mader III, Toni Breidinger and Ryan Huff completed the top 10.

  • Race results
Pos.Car No.DriverSponsorLapsDiff.
120Corey HeimCrescent Tools Toyota80 –
215Parker Chase *Vertical Bridge Toyota800.156
343Daniel Dye *Halifax Health Chevrolet800.294
429Sean CorrWinnebago/NESCO Chevrolet800.528
555Gus DeanDean Custom Air Toyota800.977
673Andy Jankowiak *Jankowiak Racing Ford801.235
744Mason Diaz *Solid Rock Carriers/Prince William Marina Chevrolet801.465
863Dave Mader, IIIDiamond C Ranch/PBW LLC Chevrolet801.48
925Toni Breidinger *HAIRCLUB Toyota801.577
1036Ryan Huff *H & H Excavation/SouthEastern Services Ford801.604
116Rajah Caruth *Rev Racing Chevrolet801.724
125Dale QuarterleyVan Dyk Recycling Solutions Chevrolet801.762
133Brayton Laster *IndyAutoRecyclers Ford802.265
143Willie MullinsCorvetteparts.net/Crow Wing Recycling Chevrolet803.79
1511Chuck HiersAshleyHomesJax.com Toyota804.377
1630Amber Balcaen *Icon Ford805.283
1710Jason WhitePowder Ventures Excavating Chevrolet8010.878
1827Tim RichmondImmigration Law Center Toyota8011.204
1918Drew DollarLynx Capital Toyota791 Lap
202Nick SanchezRev Racing Chevrolet791 Lap
2160Michael LiraJW Motorsports Ford791 Lap
2235Greg Van Alst *CB Fabricating Chevrolet791 Lap
2312D.L. WilsonTrading House Bar & Grill Chevrolet782 Laps
246Zachary Tinkle *GreatRailing.com Chevrolet782 Laps
251Benny ChastainFast Track High Performance Driving Ford782 Laps
2657Bryan DauzatBrother-In-Law Motorsports Chevrolet773 Laps
277Brian KaltreiderMystic Motorsports Ford764 Laps
2848Brad SmithPSST…Copraya Websites Chevrolet764 Laps
290Con NicolopoulosGrateful Rescue/GreatRailing.com Ford764 Laps
3069Scott MeltonMelton McFadden Ins/Donna’s Donuts Ford755 Laps
3142Christian Rose *Visit West Virginia Chevrolet737 Laps
3232Max Gutierrez *ToughBuilt Chevrolet6317 Laps
3394Bryce Haugeberg *Magnum Construction Toyota6119 Laps
3497Jason KitzmillerA.L.L. Construction Chevrolet5129 Laps
3568Will KimmelE3 Spark Plugs Ford5030 Laps
367Eric CaudellRed Tide Canopies/Coble Enterprises Ford2159 Laps

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