Heim Finishes Third in Championship 4 at Phoenix

Corey Heim won the pole, the second stage and was leading the Championship 4 before being involved in an on-track incident on lap 121. Heim battled damage from the incident on the TRICON Garage No. 1 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, but was able to get back on the lead lap to finish 18th in the race.

 

Jesse Love was the top-Toyota finisher in Friday night’s season finale, earning a career-best fourth place result in only his third career Truck Series start.

 

Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series

Phoenix Raceway

Race 23 of 23 – 150 Laps, 150 Miles

 

TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS


1st, Christian Eckes*

2nd, Jake Garcia*

3rd, Chase Purdy*

4th, JESSE LOVE

5th, Ben Rhodes*

7th, DEAN THOMPSON

9th, TANNER GRAY

18th, COREY HEIM

20th, TYLER HILL

22nd, TYLER ANKRUM

23rd, TAYLOR GRAY

24th, STEWART FRIESEN

33rd, JAKE DREW

36th, CHRIS HACKER

*non-Toyota driver

 

 

TOYOTA QUOTES

JESSE LOVE, No. 1 HomeSmiles Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, TRICON Garage

Finishing Position: 4th

How was your race?

“I thought it was alright. I was doing a bad job at the beginning. I fought a little bit of a loose truck, but not bad overall. I was losing spots on restarts and I finally was able to figure out what I needed to do better. I kind of figured out the bottom in (turns) one and two better and once I did that I thought I could maintain on restarts and kind of pickoff trucks one at a time. It’s upsetting that the 11 (Corey Heim) didn’t win the championship. I was doing all I could to help him. Just some things don’t always go your way. It’s an okay finish. Just left a little bit on the table and thought we had a shot to win. Just some of those green-white-checkered restarts, I thought we were ahead of the 99 (Ben Rhodes) and they scored the 99 ahead of us so I think if that didn’t happen we’d have a fighting shot.”

 

COREY HEIM, No. 11 Safelite Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, TRICON Garage

Finishing Position: 18th

Are you disapointed to not win the championship tonight?

“Yeah, obviously I’m dissapointed. It’s just part of racing I guess. Obviously, got cleaned out there and got a lot of rear damage and lost some of my side force so I couldn’t really do much from there. Yeah, I don’t know. Just really felt like I had them covered today. The 38 (Zane Smith) was fast, but I thought we could’ve raced it out there at the end and it just kind of turned into a wreckfest at the end. I’m really thankful for my TRICON Garage crew and Safelite and Toyota Racing. Once again, I really thought we had the best truck today, just really unfornatute.”

 

What happened the first time with Carson Hocevar?

“I just got cleaned out. I passed him clean and then he hit me two or three times and then finally he had enough fun just kind of hitting me and then he wrecked me. It is what it is. Every guy on Sunday is going to see that and understand that they’re going to be racing against him like that. I’m not too worrried about it. I don’t gotta race him anymore so I don’t have to deal with it too much. It’s kind of expected. He’s been racing me like that since he was five years old. I raced with him in quarter midgets. It’s just part of championship racing.”

 

What happened off of turn 2 the second time you had contact with Carson Hocevar?

“Like I mentioned, I had no side force and as soon as someone puts it on my door you kind of lose side force and lose control. I hate it for those guys. They deserved a good run today. Maybe next time.”

TRD PR