Concord, NC (May 18, 2016) – After a slow start to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) driver Tom Hessert is riding momentum going into Toledo Speedway for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care on May 22.
In his last series attempt, Hessert finished fourth at Talladega, led the most laps and won the Menards Pole Award.
“Talladega was certainly a great race and we had a decent run before that at Salem so we’re definitely going in the right direction,” said Hessert. “Toledo should be another great racetrack for us.”
Hessert, who turns 30 years-old on raceday, has a history of strong performances at Toledo. In 12-career starts at the Ohio short track he’s accumulated six top-5 and nine top-10. In 2015, he finished second to race winner Todd Gilliland, who drove to victory lane driving for VMS.
Coming off back-to-back strong finishes at Talladega and Salem, Hessert has overcome a slow start to the ’16 campaign to find himself on the rise and sitting fourth in ARCA Racing’s driver championship point standings going into the series fifth season event.
Since his season debut at Daytona, Hessert’s finishing position has consistently improved. At Daytona he finished 28th after cutting a tire running up front, he finished 12th at Nashville after a less than satisfying qualifying spot, and sixth at Salem after a 16th qualifying position.
“Getting our qualifying efforts better on short tracks is definitely something that we need to work on this weekend at Toledo, but I think it’s getting better. I know I have a good team for the race so I’m just going to try to lead some laps and hopefully be there at the end,” said Hessert.
Hessert is backed by Crew Chief Ryan “Pickle” London. London and Hessert have been in communication about what setup to bring to Toledo.
“Pickle and I have been talking a little bit about the setup and what car we’re going to bring up there. I’m confident that what he’s going to bring us will be a great car,” said Hessert. “I’ve managed to have some good runs [at Toledo]. I can bring that experience to the No. 25 car this year.”
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ARCA Racing Series on-track activities begin Saturday, May 21 with two practice sessions from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 3:30. Raceday Sunday gets underway with an on-track driver autograph session from 12 noon to 1:00. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions follow. The Menards 200 is scheduled to start at 2:00. All time Eastern.
ARCA Broadcast Schedule
The Menards 200 presented by Federated Auto Care will air LIVE on AMERICAN SPORTS NETWORK at 2:00 P.M. Check your local listings for channel.
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, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, 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.