DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2022) – 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
|1||20||Corey Heim||Crescent Tools Toyota||80||–|
|2||15||Parker Chase *||Vertical Bridge Toyota||80||0.156|
|3||43||Daniel Dye *||Halifax Health Chevrolet||80||0.294|
|4||29||Sean Corr||Winnebago/NESCO Chevrolet||80||0.528|
|5||55||Gus Dean||Dean Custom Air Toyota||80||0.977|
|6||73||Andy Jankowiak *||Jankowiak Racing Ford||80||1.235|
|7||44||Mason Diaz *||Solid Rock Carriers/Prince William Marina Chevrolet||80||1.465|
|8||63||Dave Mader, III||Diamond C Ranch/PBW LLC Chevrolet||80||1.48|
|9||25||Toni Breidinger *||HAIRCLUB Toyota||80||1.577|
|10||36||Ryan Huff *||H & H Excavation/SouthEastern Services Ford||80||1.604|
|11||6||Rajah Caruth *||Rev Racing Chevrolet||80||1.724|
|12||5||Dale Quarterley||Van Dyk Recycling Solutions Chevrolet||80||1.762|
|13||3||Brayton Laster *||IndyAutoRecyclers Ford||80||2.265|
|14||3||Willie Mullins||Corvetteparts.net/Crow Wing Recycling Chevrolet||80||3.79|
|15||11||Chuck Hiers||AshleyHomesJax.com Toyota||80||4.377|
|16||30||Amber Balcaen *||Icon Ford||80||5.283|
|17||10||Jason White||Powder Ventures Excavating Chevrolet||80||10.878|
|18||27||Tim Richmond||Immigration Law Center Toyota||80||11.204|
|19||18||Drew Dollar||Lynx Capital Toyota||79||1 Lap|
|20||2||Nick Sanchez||Rev Racing Chevrolet||79||1 Lap|
|21||60||Michael Lira||JW Motorsports Ford||79||1 Lap|
|22||35||Greg Van Alst *||CB Fabricating Chevrolet||79||1 Lap|
|23||12||D.L. Wilson||Trading House Bar & Grill Chevrolet||78||2 Laps|
|24||6||Zachary Tinkle *||GreatRailing.com Chevrolet||78||2 Laps|
|25||1||Benny Chastain||Fast Track High Performance Driving Ford||78||2 Laps|
|26||57||Bryan Dauzat||Brother-In-Law Motorsports Chevrolet||77||3 Laps|
|27||7||Brian Kaltreider||Mystic Motorsports Ford||76||4 Laps|
|28||48||Brad Smith||PSST…Copraya Websites Chevrolet||76||4 Laps|
|29||0||Con Nicolopoulos||Grateful Rescue/GreatRailing.com Ford||76||4 Laps|
|30||69||Scott Melton||Melton McFadden Ins/Donna’s Donuts Ford||75||5 Laps|
|31||42||Christian Rose *||Visit West Virginia Chevrolet||73||7 Laps|
|32||32||Max Gutierrez *||ToughBuilt Chevrolet||63||17 Laps|
|33||94||Bryce Haugeberg *||Magnum Construction Toyota||61||19 Laps|
|34||97||Jason Kitzmiller||A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet||51||29 Laps|
|35||68||Will Kimmel||E3 Spark Plugs Ford||50||30 Laps|
|36||7||Eric Caudell||Red Tide Canopies/Coble Enterprises Ford||21||59 Laps|