ARCA Veteran Aims to Collect Fourth Salem Victory
April 19, 2016 (Concord, NC) – With three of his five ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) career wins coming at Salem Speedway, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) driver and ARCA veteran Tom Hessert looks to take victory lane once more in the No.25 Renton Coil Spring-Slinger Apparel Toyota this weekend at the 99th running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.
Hessert has won at Salem three times in the past 4 years. He has won the 2012 Salem Fall Race, the 2013 Salem Spring Race and the 2014 Salem Fall Race. Hessert’s other two ARCA wins were at Talladega in 2014 and another win in 2010 at the Iowa Speedway.
Hessert attributes his past success at Salem due to the age of the track and how abrasive it can be on tires and the car.
“Salem is an awesome racetrack. It’s old and worn out so you really have to take care of the tires and the racecar which is one of the reasons why we’ve run well there in the past,” said Hessert. “Qualify certainly helps and it matters, but what really matters is how you’re running 30, 40, 50, 60 laps in a run. That’s really how you win that race, by taking care of your equipment so I think that lends itself to having previous success at Salem and hopefully we can do it again.”
Hessert is going into Salem coming off his 12th place finish at the Nashville Music City 200. The No.25 car was running well that night until the first pit stop on lap-82. After leaving pit road, the car struggled to gain momentum. The team looked for a late game opportunity to put on new tires, but the chance never came, confining Hessert to a 12th place.
“I thought we were going to have a really good night at Nashville, but we kind of got defeated towards the end. We’ll get to the home stretch at Salem and we should have a good shot at victory lane there,” said Hessert.
Having tested at the track just a couple weeks ago, Hessert is confident in his car and his ability to take victory lane.
The race event at Salem Speedway is spread out over the weekend with ARCA practice and pole qualifying scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 is slated to roll off at 2:15 PM EST on Sunday, April 24th.
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.