NICK SCHWIEN • HDN Colin Heim leads a hobby stock heat race through turn four May 26 at WaKeeney Speedway.
I got my first true taste of what Colin Heim was all about April 14 at WaKeeney Speedway.
Sure, some people could mistake Colin for his older brother, Chris, a sport mod driver.
But on the first day I witnessed the younger Heim driver, I was flat-out amazed.
Here was a kid early in his high school days going toe-to-toe with growing sensation Cody Graham. Graham knows how to win, and he's proving that this season.
But that night, Heim and Graham went blow for blow. And the much younger Heim didn't give an inch. The two never touched as they went door-to-door for the final several laps before Graham inched away with the win.
When Graham got out of his hobby stock in tech lane that night, he went over and gave Heim a handshake and a smile.
"I'll race with you any day of the week," Graham said to Heim.
Graham and Heim had brought the crowd to its feet on the track, and Graham was excited about how clean of a driver and good Heim was only a few races into the season.
"You have to race clean out there," Heim said. "I'm not going to go rubbing doors with others. I'm going to race people clean.
"I know I can race with anybody, and I know I have a chance to win with anybody."
He knew he'd have more chances, and those continued to come at WaKeeney. He had a good start to one hobby stock feature, only to have one of the front cars slide off the track, then back on, collecting Heim and a host of others and severely damaging his ride.
The last race at WaKeeney, Heim was in the lead and being challenged by another driver, who pushed Heim off the backstretch. He'd go on to finish second to Graham, who was running third at the time and capitalized on the opportunity.
Heim continued to hold his head high, and Saturday night, he got the first win of his hobby stock career at Sherman County Speedway in Goodland.
I wish I would have had the opportunity to see Heim win his first feature. My consolation, though? I'm guessing he's just getting started.
Nick Schwien is chief copy editor and the online racing editor at The Hays Daily News.