Concord, North Carolina (August 17, 2016) – Returning to the site of his first career start, Tom Hessert is amped up for this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards feature at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt-mile.
Looking to avenge a heartbreaking outcome in his last series start, Hessert and his No.25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota team are ready to bounce back in Sunday’s 54th ARCA appearance at the famed Illinois dirt mile.
“Our last race still leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” said Hessert.
Coming off his strongest performance of the season and also maybe one of his biggest disappointments of his nine year career, Tom Hessert dominated at Berlin Raceway, setting a new track qualifying record and leading the first 106-laps before his chances were swept away after being driven into the outside wall after a mid-race caution restacked the field.
“We had a great run taken away from us last time out. It’s now time to get back at it and build off the positives. This team has really come together the last few weeks and have made some big gains. We’ve got another great shot this weekend at Springfield.”
Hessert, no stranger to dirt racing, competed in USAC prior to making the jump to ARCA, finishing a career best third in the 2004 USAC point standings.
“I’ve always enjoyed racing on dirt. Although running these heavier ARCA cars are a lot different than driving a midget car, the same principles apply. Track conditions and set ups will definitely come into play. The next couple weeks on the dirt should be pretty good for us,” added Hessert.
Currently occupying the fourth spot in the ARCA Series driver point standings, Hessert believes his team can better their position before the season’s conclusion.
“We’re in good position right now, I think it’s manageable. I expect to continue our recent up tick and have strong runs the next few weeks. Springfield, DuQuoin and Salem are coming up – these are some of my favorite tracks on the schedule.”
Venturini Motorsports with 41 all-time ARCA Series victories has won two out of the last three races at Springfield (Brennan Poole ’13 and Kevin Swindell ’14). Venturini Motorsports is tied for second with Harold Steele on the all-time ARCA Series team victory list. Larry Clement, who was teamed with Frank Kimmel for many years, leads the way with 71 team victories.
SuperChevyStores.com 100 Schedule
Practice for the SuperChevyStores.com 100 is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15 a.m. The 54th annual Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local.
Live on American Sports Network
The SuperChevyStores.com 100 will be live on the American Sports Network and will also stream live at AmericanSportsNet.com. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activity and a live chat box throughout the afternoon.
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.