May 26, 2015 – Millville, NJ – For ARCA Series veteran, Tom Hessert, his home track of New Jersey
Motorsports Park (NJMP) has always been the track where he wants to grab the checkered flag. Hessert
has made eight consecutive starts at the road course track that is just 45 minutes from his home. He has
4 top-5 finishes there, with a second in 2013. As Hessert stated before the weekend, “We always have
fast cars at NJMP, but I would certainly like a win at my home track.”
After practice and qualifying on Saturday, Hessert thought this might be another year without a victory.
During practice, Hessert’s crew changed two transmissions. After barely completing the final
transmission change in time for Hessert to make his qualifying laps, he discovered his clutch was
slipping. Hessert’s crew worked on the clutch change until the ARCA garage closed, completing the
change Sunday morning.
Hessert had his work cut out for him…with the unapproved clutch change; he had to take the green flag
from the tail of the field. In no time (3 laps), he had his Barbera’s Autoland #77 in the top 10. Under the
first caution on lap 7, he brought the car to the attention of the pit crew for four tires and fuel. Once
again Hessert started at the back of the field after receiving a penalty for speeding on pit road. He
quickly made up those lost positions, quickly grabbing 8th.
After making his final pit stop for fuel only, under caution on lap 59, Hessert restarted 7th and steadily
picked up positions, following teammate Kyle Weatherman under the checkered flag in 2nd. Hessert
remains third in the championship points battle, 45 points behind leader, Grant Enfinger. In addition
Hessert earned the Hard Charger award for the ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels.
A pleased Hessert said, “What a great day for Cunningham! I certainly would have preferred that the
finish be the other way, ha-ha, but I’m very happy for the 22 team and Kyle (Weatherman). As for the
77 team, we had a rough day of practice and qualifying, but the team worked hard and fixed some
issues…getting the car much better for the race. We had to come from the back, but fortunately the car
was solid and some late restarts put us in position to get a great finish. I can’t thank Chad (Bryant) and
the team enough for all their hard work. Now, I can’t wait to get to Pocono in two weeks.”
The Cunningham organization earned a 1-2 finish on the podium, as Weatherman earned his first Series
Hessert will take his Barbera’s Autoland Dodge to another track that is fairly close to home…Pocono
Raceway on June 6. Practice is scheduled Friday from 2:15-4:15 EST, with Menards Pole Qualifying
presented by Ansell at 10:05 on Saturday before the Pocono ARCA 200 takes the green flag at 1:00.