CONCORD, North Carolina (May 26, 2016) – Tom Hessert, a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will return to action this weekend at his home race track competing in Saturday’s Unique Pretzels 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).
NJMP, located within an hour drive of Hessert’s hometown, would be a special place for the 30-year old driver to earn his sixth career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory.
“It’s always great to return to New Jersey,” said Hessert. “It’s my home track and we’ve come really close to winning the last couple of seasons. I can’t think of anything better than winning on a road course in front of our hometown fans.”
Hessert, a nine year series veteran, will be the only driver in Saturday’s ARCA field to have raced in every New Jersey event since the inaugural race in 2008.
Adding to his desire to win on a road course is the fact Hessert’s father, Tom II, is a decorated racer who has won countless road course events during his career including winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona three times. Since 2007, Hessert had made eight career starts at NJMP, finishing second twice (2013 & 2015) and recording 4 top-five finishes overall.
Hessert, who drives the No.25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, enters the weekend third in the ARCA Series championship point standings.
The ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels at New Jersey Motorsports Park is Saturday, May 28, marking ARCA’s ninth consecutive trip to the state-of-the-art facility in Millville, N.J. The ARCA 150 will also mark the first leg of ARCA’s prestigious Bill France 4 Crown championship, which represents ARCA’s diverse schedule of events. The NJMP road course joins Lucas Oil Raceway (paved short track), the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt-mile and Chicagoland Speedway as part of the Bill France 4 Crown in 2016.
NJMP’s Thunderbolt Raceway
Thunderbolt Raceway is New Jersey Motorsports Park’s signature road circuit featuring 2.25 miles of asphalt, 12 challenging turns, a one half mile straightway and approximately 40 acres of full service paddock space. For more information visit www.NJMP.com.
Follow Tom Hessert on Social Media
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NJMP Weekend Schedule
The ARCA Racing Series will have on-track activities begin Saturday, May 28 with two practice sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 11:15 to 12:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 2:00 p.m. and the green flag will drop the same day at 5:00 p.m. All time Eastern.
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 (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.