Tom Hessert Chasing DuQuoin Victory Labor Day Weekend

Venturini Motorsports

Concord, North Carolina (August 31, 2016) – Tom Hessert returns to action in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Labor Day weekend looking to capture his first victory of the 2016 campaign.

Tom Hessert ARCA RacingHessert, piloting his No.25 Detour Sunglasses Toyota will make his sixteenth start of the season when the series returns for the 63rd running of the General Tire GRABBER 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 4.

“I’m always excited to go dirt racing,” says Hessert. “Springfield and DuQuoin back-to-back have always been favorites on the ARCA schedule. This year is extra special racing under the lights at DuQuoin – it’s going to be a first for me. Racing at night is going to improve the racing too. We’re not used to these tracks holding moisture. I think it’s going to be a better show all the way around.”

Hessert is a perennial top-five finisher at both Springfield and DuQuoin mile dirt tracks. He has twice finished second at DuQuoin in 2010 and 2013.

“I feel like our momentum is building,” says Hessert. “We’ve been very strong and have challenged for the win the last couple races. I expect this trend to continue at DuQuion. The guys are back in the shop are working hard and giving me some great race cars. I’d like to get one for the entire team.”

Currently third in ARCA’s Championship point standings, Hessert, is a mere 25 points out of the second spot occupied by Josh Williams.

Raceday Schedule
Practice for the September 4 General Tire Grabber 100 is scheduled from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5:30. The 63rd General Tire Grabber 100 starts at 8:00. All times are local.

Media Coverage
The race will be tape-delayed on the American Sports Network. The race will also feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activity at, as well as live flag-to-flag audio race coverage.

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.