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Corey Heim Strikes Again for North Wilkesboro Victory

Corey Heim

Corey Heim doing his “Heim-Time” celebration after winning at North Wilkesboro. (Photo: Ricky Martinez | The Podium Finish)

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — After a rainy week at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series completed the Wright Brand 250 on Sunday morning. The race began on Saturday afternoon but downpours caused the race to be red-flagged for over 21 hours.

Even though the rain kept racing away for a day, it couldn’t keep Corey Heim away as he found his way to the front late to claim the victory, the third in 2024.

“I can’t say enough about these TRICON Garage guys,” Heim said. “What a truck, what a weekend. I knew we had potential from practice and we put it all together and executed great today.”

Stage 3 is when Heim’s truck became alive and made his way to the front. On Lap 147, Heim restarted in seventh place. He made it up to the second position when a caution came out by Lap 177.

This put Heim on the front row against Jake Garcia for the Lap 186 restart, who led the previous 40 laps. Heim cleared Garcia on the bottom going into Turn 3 to take the lead and didn’t give it back.

“Obviously, this truck was phenomenal,” said Heim. “Huge thank you to TRICON Garage and Toyota Racing for everything. Our Safelite Tundra TRD Pro was so good today.”

Corey Heim

Corey Heim doing a burnout after winning at North Wilkesboro. (Photo: Phil Cavali | The Podium Finish)

Heim led a race-high 66 laps and collected a total of 49 points on the day to what hebelieves is a statement win.

“It should be three in a row for us,” Heim said post-race. “We led every lap last week before we got wrecked. These trucks week in and week out were so good and just can’t do it without that speed.”

Veteran Grant Enfinger brought home a second-place finish today, the first top-five of the season for the No. 9 team.

“Very, very proud of this truck,” Enfinger said. “Proud of our pit crew all year long. Finally, we have a little bit of a result to show for it.”

“We haven’t been performing to our ability or our standards. I feel like last week at Darlington was the turning point in our season. I’m standing by that.”

Rookie Layne Riggs also scored his first top-five of the season, finishing third. This was the best finish for Riggs since Bristol when he finished in 10th place in what has been a tough rookie campaign for the 22-year-old.

“We really needed this run today,” Riggs said. “We’ve really been in a drought and we just needed a good, solid finish for once.”

After a tough opening stage, Riggs found his groove, finishing fifth in Stage 2 and holding on for a third-place finish.

“We had a third or fourth place truck and we finished third and that’s what we needed to do,” said Riggs. “We really, really deserved this finish, so it’s a great confidence-booster for us.”

Corey Heim

Corey Heim (11) battling Jake Garcia (13) for the lead at North Wilkesboro. (Photo: Phil Cavali | The Podium Finish)

The other big story from the day was from the fourth-place finisher, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen. After receiving a late speeding penalty, Queen restarted in 26th place on Lap 124 and with the help of some cautions and good pace came back to finish in the top five in his series debut.

“Oh man, I just can’t believe it,” Queen said. “We got that speeding penalty and I thought I was conservative on the lights and it just got us – rookie mistake.”

“Man, this is what I worked for my whole life and never knew if I’d get this opportunity,” said Queen “First off, huge thanks to TRICON Garage, everybody at Toyota, TRD, TPC (Toyota Performance Center) for giving me this chance. TRICON Garage brought a fast, fast Best Company Toyota Tundra and I was just lucky to drive it.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Sammy Smith rounded out the top five driving for Spire Motorsports in the second of four scheduled starts in the No. 7 truck. Smith overcame a penalty on Lap 1 for changing lanes before the start/finish line on the opening start of the race to score a fifth-place finish.

“It was a good day to come back and finish fifth,” Smith told Bob Pockrass after the race. “I put ourselves a little behind there, just made a mistake. Good comeback, just thanks to everyone at Spire, Pilot Flying J, TMC and everyone who helped get me here today, it was a lot of fun.”

The top 10 was rounded out by Christian Eckes, who led 62 laps and held onto the points lead, Nick Sanchez, Tyler Ankrum, Daniel Dye and Stewart Friesen.

Stage 1 Top 10 Results

  1. Ty Majeski
  2. Ben Rhodes
  3. Rajah Caruth
  4. Taylor Gray
  5. Corey Heim
  6. Ty Dillon
  7. Christian Eckes
  8. Tanner Gray
  9. Jack Wood
  10. Tyler Anrkum

Stage 2 Top 10 Results

  1. Tyler Ankrum
  2. Jake Garcia
  3. Stewart Friesen
  4. Jack Wood
  5. Layne Riggs
  6. Ben Rhodes
  7. Christian Eckes
  8. Corey Heim
  9. Daniel Dye
  10. Grant Enfinger

Wright Brand 250 at North Wilkesboro Speedway Results

Finish Start Truck No. Driver Sponsor/Make Status
1 12 11 Corey Heim Safelite Toyota Running
2 9 9 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Running
3 23 38 Layne Riggs (R) Infinity Communications Group Ford Running
4 26 1 Brenden Queen Best Repair Company Toyota Running
5 31 7 Sammy Smith (i) Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Running
6 1 19 Christian Eckes InstaCoat Premium Products Chevrolet Running
7 2 2 Nick Sanchez Gainbridge/NASCAR Foundation Chevrolet Running
8 21 18 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Chevrolet Running
9 18 43 Daniel Dye Champion Container Chevrolet Running
10 11 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota Running
11 4 98 Ty Majeski Road Ranger Ford Running
12 17 91 Jack Wood Cometic Gasket/Klotz Chevrolet Running
13 5 17 Taylor Gray SEM Products Toyota Running
14 25 71 Rajah Caruth Chevrolet Running
15 3 45 Ross Chastain (i) NC Governor’s Hwy Safety Program Chevrolet Running
16 8 15 Tanner Gray Dead On Tools Toyota Running
17 33 75 Stefan Parsons Food Country USA Chevrolet Running
18 15 42 Matt Mills JF Electric/Utilitra Chevrolet Running
19 19 41 Bayley Currey AutoVentive/Precision Chevrolet Running
20 25 88 Matt Crafton Jack Links/Menards Ford Running
21 14 13 Jake Garcia Quanta Services Ford Running
22 6 99 Ben Rhodes Campers Inn RV Ford Running
23 22 02 Mason Massey RANDCO Industries Chevrolet Running
24 7 77 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet Running
25 10 25 Ty Dillon Rackley Roofing Chevrolet Running
26 13 56 Timmy Hill Coble Enterprises/UNITS Toyota Running
27 28 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota Running
28 36 26 Dawson Sutton Rackley Roofing Chevrolet Running
29 20 32 Bret Holmes Best Value Carriers Chevrolet Running
30 16 33 Lawless Alan AUTOChargeit Ford Running
31 29 46 Thad Moffitt Window World Chevrolet Running
32 27 76 Spencer Boyd Latitude Aero Chevrolet Running
33 32 22 Josh Reaume Matrix CAD Design Ford Running
34 34 04 Clayton Green CarQuest Chevrolet Running
35 30 66 Conner Jones (R) Farm Paint Ford Accident
36 35 14 Trey Hutchens Quality Room Seamers Chevrolet Transmission


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