Concord, North Carolina (July 18, 2016) – After a week off from competition Tom Hessert and the ARCA Racing Series return to action for Friday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The series return to Indianapolis marks the second of four races making up ARCA’s 2016 Bill France Four Crown Championship. The prestigious Bill France Four Crown Championship represents ARCA’s versatility, featuring a combination of tracks which drivers showcase their diversity in pursuit of capturing this highly sought special award series’ championship.
After the first leg of the Four Crown, Tom Hessert (No.25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) leads the way with a slim advantage over teammate Dalton Sargeant and current overall series season point leader Chase Briscoe.
This year’s Four Crown schedule includes the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course, the Lucas Oil Raceway short track, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile and Chicagoland Speedway intermediate track.
Finishing second at New Jersey earlier in the season, Hessert turns his attention to the short track portion of the Four Crown schedule in hopes of extending his advantage.
“Capturing the Four Crown would be a great accomplishment,” said Hessert. “The championship within a championship is unique and gives us the opportunity to compete at a variety of tracks – all completely different. The diversity of racing disciplines wrapped up in one season is part of what makes the ARCA Series so special.”
Hessert, with four of his five career series victories coming by way of a short track, finished third at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2015 and has notched three top-5 and four top-10 finishes at the Indiana track during the last four seasons.
Hessert’s team owner, Bill Venturini Sr., was co-champion of the Bill France Four Crown award in 1991 – tying Bobby Bowsher for honors. That same year, Venturini went on to win his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national driving championship.
Lucas Oil Raceway Weekend Schedule
Featuring a one day event, Friday will consist of two practice sessions for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 starting at 1:35PM – 2:20PM, followed by final practice from 3:00PM – 3:45PM. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:30PM. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30PM with the green flag waving at 9:00PM. All times Eastern.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FOX SPORTS 1 (FS1). ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
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, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. 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.