Defending DuQuoin Winner Tom Hessert Looking for Repeat Performance

Venturini Motorsports

Tom HessertConcord, North Carolina (August 31, 2017) – Tom Hessert makes his return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards looking for a repeat win of last season’s dominating dirt performance in Monday’s General Tire GRABBER 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds ‘Magic Mile’.

Hessert, a six-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner, will be back behind the wheel of his No.25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota ready to defend his title.

“Last season’s win at DuQuoin was special,” says Hessert. “I spent a lot of time early in my career racing on the dirt in USAC and we always ran well here in ARCA – so getting that win under my belt was epic – I’ve very proud to have added my name to a long list of winners at DuQuoin.”

Tom HessertIn seventeen previous dirt track starts Hessert has put together an impressive record. Highlighted with his win at DuQuoin last season, Hessert has finished in the top-5 in half of all dirt races – including an impressive seven finishes in the top-3.

“We had a really fast car in Springfield – qualified fourth and ran up front most of the day. It was a great tune up for this weekend’s race. I’m hoping we can have a repeat performance – it would be really cool to bring my Musselman’s Toyota back to victory lane.”

Finishing second in last season’s Championship Point Standings, Hessert will make just his fourth start of the season. Hessert will finish his abbreviated ’17 ARCA schedule driving his Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota Camry at Salem Speedway on September 9.

General Tire Grabber 100
The 64th running of the General Tire GRABBER-Southern Illinois 100 is scheduled to get the green flag at approximately 3 p.m. local Central time. Practice is from 10:45-11:45 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 12:30 p.m. will feature live audio coverage of all on-track activities including flag-to-flag coverage of the General Tire GRABBER-Southern Illinois 100. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activities and live chat will also be available throughout the afternoon at The race will air on MAVTV at a later date.



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Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell, Noah Gragson, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, and Brandon Jones. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.