The last time Corey Heim and Drew Dollar were on the same race track together in the ARCA Menards Series, things did not go so well.
On Lap 58 of the Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago, Heim and Dollar were battling for the race lead shortly after a restart. Coming out of Turn 4, Dollar got loose underneath Heim and slid up the track. Dollar clipped Heim’s rear quarter panel, and both drivers hit the wall and spun, with Heim being forced to retire from the race as a result of the crash damage.
Dollar’s race ended not longer after when a tire failure caused by damage from the crash resulted in another meeting with the outside wall.
Instead of racing for the victory in the Dutch Boy 150, Heim and Dollar both failed to finish. Neither driver blamed the other for the crash, instead citing it as a racing incident.
Fast forward to Friday’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Heim and Dollar are both back for another shot at victory. Heim will be back in the No. 20 for Venturini Motorsports, while Dollar will again pilot the No. 18 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Heim has one previous start at Charlotte, which came last season. He finished second to race winner Ty Gibbs. Dollar’s lone Charlotte start also came last season, when he finished third.
Friday’s race will be the last time Dollar is scheduled to compete in the ARCA Menards Series this year for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Heim has three races left on his schedule with Venturini Motorsports. He will drive for the team at Charlotte on Friday, at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 6 and at Kansas Speedway on Sept. 10.
Friday’s General Tire 150 will broadcast live on FS1 starting at 6 p.m. ET. Race fans can also listen to the race live on MRN / SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981).
Caruth to carry Winston-Salem State University colors
Rajah Caruth’s No. 6 Rev Racing Chevrolet will have a bit of personal meaning when the ARCA Menards Series rolls into Charlotte.
Caruth, who is currently tied with Nick Sanchez at the top of the ARCA Menards Series championship points standings, will have support from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The 19-year-old competitor is currently a sophomore at Winston-Salem State University. Friday’s General Tire 150 will mark his first start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
I’m so honored and excited to finally get to represent my school on the track!! Check out our @WSSURAMS and @WSSU_MSM Chevrolet for next Friday’s @ARCA_Racing race at @CLTMotorSpdwy.#hbcupride | #teamchevy pic.twitter.com/5vFGjQyVuZ
— Rajah Kirby Caruth (@rajahcaruth_) May 20, 2022
So far through four races this year, Caruth has two top-five and three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up result in his most recent race at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago.
He’ll look to do one spot better Friday evening.
Veterans aplenty in ARCA Menards Series garage
With the Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, a number of military veterans will begin the holiday weekend by joining the ARCA Menards Series at Charlotte.
Chief among them will be Josh White, a former member of the United States Marine Corps who is making his return to the ARCA Menards Series this weekend after last racing with the series in 2015.
The resident of Charleston, West Virginia, will make the first of three scheduled starts this Friday for Alex Clubb Racing in the No. 03 Ford.
He is far from the only armed forces veteran that will be in the ARCA garage Friday afternoon.
Brad Smith’s team features four former members of the military. They include mechanic Jake Jacobson (Army), mechanic Rush McGrady (Air Force), crew chief Terry Strange (Air Force) and public relations representative Kevin Schwarze (Navy).
You’ll find another armed forces veteran on Andy Jankowiak’s team. Adam Brown, Jankowiak’s fuel man on race day, is a retired Marine.
Wayne Peterson, team owner and veteran of 119 starts in the ARCA Menards Series, served his country as a paratrooper and was a member of the United States Army Special Forces during the Vietnam War.
The connections to the armed forces don’t end with the race teams. ARCA Menards Series official Bob Abitz is an Army veteran who also served his country during the Vietnam War.
— ARCA Menards Series (@ARCA_Racing) May 23, 2022
- NASCAR Xfinity Series race winner Brandon Jones will make his first ARCA Menards Series start of the season Friday at Charlotte. He is slated to pilot the No. 81 Toyota as a teammate to Drew Dollar. Jones has an ARCA victory at Charlotte, which came in 2018.
- Tim Richmond is scheduled to make his first start this season at a track other than a superspeedway in the General Tire 150. Richmond’s two previous starts this year at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway have resulted in finishes of 18th and 29th, respectively.
- No driver in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race has more experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway than Brad Smith, who will be making his 11th start at the track in ARCA competition. He has a best finish of 19th, which came last season.
- Several drivers will be making their Charlotte ARCA Menards Series debuts. They include the aforementioned Caruth, Daniel Dye, Will Kimmel, Sean Corr, Connor Mosack, Amber Balcaen and Christian Rose, among others.