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Sheetz claims first victory of career

By Aaron Viner | Jul 18, 2014
Photo by: Submitted photo Cory Sheetz won the first race of his career at Columbus Junction Speedway last Friday night.

It took 11 years of hard work and preparation, but last Friday, Cory Sheetz was on top of the world.
Sheetz took home his first victory of his career at Columbus Junction Speedway last week, but his thoughts weren’t necessarily on the race itself.
“It felt like 10,000 tons of bricks came off my shoulders,” Sheetz said. “My biggest dream was watching my very first race in 1986 at West Liberty when I was 6 with my mom and dad. After the race was over I told my mom that I was going to win a race and a championship, and she said, ‘I know you will, Cory,’ and 20 years ago she passed away. That’s always in my head, what she told me that night. It feels like I won the Daytona 500.”
Sheetz and crew chief Bruce Swells have worked tirelessly on his sport compact over his racing career, and he can remember a time where he and Swells worked for nearly three days on a car to get it into race shape.
“We are always touching up the car every night, about four or five hours, and there is a lot of time spent on it,” Sheetz said. “There are times when you have a bad night or a wreck, and once we had a car we spent 72 hours on with no sleep and came back and got second place in 2006. Without my friends, family and sponsors I wouldn’t be able to do it.”
With races on most Friday nights at Columbus Junction Speedway, Sheetz will look to make it two in a row tonight, with the next step being a championship.
“We need to keep rolling and get them going,” Sheetz said. “We are learning more about the car and everything, so we can keep getting the wins and get our mindset for next year to get my first championship. That’s my next step for next year. I think we are in the right stage of getting it, and we won’t give up.”

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