Concord, NC (February 6, 2018) – Veteran Tom Hessert returns to the high banks at Daytona for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 10.
Making his 185th career ARCA start, Tom Hessert will buckle into Venturini Motorsports’ No. 55 US Turf Equipment Toyota Camry hoping to capture his first win at the World Center of Racing.
Already a six-time ARCA winner on tour and one of only a handful of drivers with notable superspeedway experience making up this year’s 40-car field, Hessert is quick to talk about the dynamics of restrictor plate racing.
“Experience plays a big role in success at superspeedways like Daytona and Talladega,” says Hessert.
“Knowing how to work the draft can be the difference between winning or losing. Plate (restrictor plate) racing is the greatest equalizer. It’s also the greatest unknown – anything can happen and anyone can win. It takes a good car and sometimes a little luck.”
Working with crew chief, Billy Venturini, Hessert posted the fastest average lap speed (185.258) of 62 drivers participating in last month’s open test at Daytona.
Hessert, who’s driven for Venturini Motorsports since 2015, won the pole for the Daytona season opener last season and finished fifth in the event.
“Venturini Motorsports always brings a good package to Daytona. Our Toyota Camry was really strong at last month’s test. The car was hooked up and handled the same during the run, whether we were towards the front, in the middle, or out back. I’m really looking forward to this one.”
A popular driver since making his series debut in 2007, Hessert has posted 6 career victories, 54 top-5 and 109 top-10 finishes throughout his career. Already a restrictor-plate winner at Talladega in 2013, the 31-year old driver hopes to add a Daytona victory to his already impressive career history.
The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire from Daytona, live on FS1 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday, Feb. 10.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today’s top racing talent including current NASCAR “Stars” – Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.