Thursday, June 9, 2022

Corey Heim Jumps to Sunoco Rookie Standings Lead after Gateway

Corey Heim Jumps to Sunoco Rookie Standings Lead after Gateway

Corey Heim Jumps to Sunoco Rookie Standings Lead after Gateway


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings had a major shakeup this past weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway as Corey Heim jumped from third to first among rookies after his overtime-win in the Toyota 200.



Heim, driving part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports, has managed to take the lead in the rookie standings having only ran six of the 11 total races this season. His control of the rookie title can also be attributed to his other win this season at Atlanta. He joins Zane Smith as the only other Camping World Truck Series driver with multiple wins this season, as well as being the lone rookie to make it to Victory Lane.


Heim has continued to show speed in his most recent string of starts, scoring three front-row starting positions, two top-five finishes and one win (Gateway). The rest of the rookie field will have a chance to catch up in the standings as Kyle Busch will be piloting the #51 KBM Toyota this weekend at Sonoma.


Prior to last week’s race, Lawless Alan held the lead in the Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie standings. Alan, now sitting second in rookie points, drove the #45 team to their fifth top-20 finish this season, the most among full-time rookies. Being one of two rookies for Niece Motorsports, Alan will go to Sonoma looking to distance himself from teammate Dean Thompson, as well gain ground on an inactive Corey Heim. As for Thompson, he will look to build on a 14th-place finish at Gateway while also hoping to improve on being fourth in the rookie standings ladder. Thompson previously finished sixth in his lone other start at Sonoma during 2019’s ARCA Menard’s Series West race at the track.


Jack Wood, driver for GMS Racing and native of Looming, California, will be returning home to make headway in Sonoma after a 19th-place outing at Gateway last weekend. Sitting third in the series rookie standings, Wood will be coming back to a track he last raced at in 2019 in the ARCA Menards Series West where he finished 16th.


Blaine Perkins of CR7 Motorsports scored a DNF the last time the Truck Series went to a road course at COTA, running into transmission issues three laps into the race. His team hopes for Saturday to not be a repeat of those events as Perkins looks to enhance his fifth place standing among rookies after a 22nd-place finish at Gateway.




source: NASCAR Media

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