Corey Heim claimed his first career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Heim, last year’s runner-up in the ARCA Racing Series, dove to the inside of Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith entering Turn 1 on the final lap in an attempt to take the lead. Behind Heim was their other teammate, John Hunter Nemechek, who was two laps down after earlier contact with the outside wall.

Nemechek stuck with Heim, leaving Smith without drafting help in the outside lane, which proved critical at the revamped 1.54-mile quad-oval considering its superspeedway-style racing.

That push propelled Heim to the top spot when it mattered most, sending the No. 51 truck to Victory Lane for the first time in 2022.

“I can’t believe it,” Heim said. “We just put ourselves in the right place at the right time. Our (truck) was amazing today. Just can’t thank everyone enough back at the shop. Toyota Racing helped so much to get here and this truck looks awesome in Victory Lane. So glad to be here.”

Completing the top five behind Heim were defending series champion Ben Rhodes, Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith and Zane Smith.

Nemechek, a five-time winner and regular-season champion in 2021, finished 24th. In his Truck season debut, NASCAR Cup Series regular Ross Chastain finished 23rd, two laps down, after sustaining multiple flat tires late.


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