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Tom Hessert

Team: Venturini Motorsports-55-ARCA
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 200

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Tom Hessert (No. 55 U.S. Turf Equipment Toyota) finished 4th in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway.
He started 10th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 92-lap race. Hessert opens the ARCA season 4th in the 2018 driver championship standings after this event. Feb 14 - 2:00 PM

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Each year, the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int'l Speedway brings out the best. And it always gets interesting when you mix the brand new rookies among the veterans.

ARCA Racing Series veteran Tom Hessert, last year's General Tire pole winner at Daytona, has seen this movie before. "Experience plays a big role in success at superspeedways like Daytona and Talladega," said Hessert. Making his 185th career ARCA start, Hessert is entered in the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports-prepared Turf Equipment Toyota. The six-time ARCA winner has never won at Daytona; but he was fastest (185.258 mph) among the 60-plus drivers who tested at Daytona in mid-January. The Cherry Hill, N.J. driver also finished fifth in last year's race. He'll be working with crew chief Billy Venturini for the race.
Feb 8 - 11:09 AM

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Tom Hessert was the fastest among 62 drivers who turned laps in open testing Friday and Saturday at Daytona Int'l Speedway, all in preparation for next month's 55th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire.

Hessert, in a Venturini Motorsports-prepared No. 55 Toyota, posted a top speed of 185.258 mph. Mason Mitchell Motorsports rookies/teammates Quin Houff and Blaine Perkins paired-up for the second and third fastest runs. Houff, of Weyers Cave, Va., circled the 2.5-mile track with a speed of 185.189 mph. Houff drove the No. 98 Chevrolet with Perkins in the 78 Chevy. Gus Dean, of Bluffton, S.C., gave Win-Tron Racing a good lap, coming in fourth fastest at 183.772 mph in the No. 32 Chevrolet.
Jan 14 - 12:30 PM

Tom Hessert (No. 25 Musselman's Big Cup Apple Sauce Toyota) was credited with a 15th place DNF in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway in Indiana.

He started 11th on the grid, led five laps and completed 187 laps of the 200-lap race before exiting the event (Accident). Hessert, who competed in five of the 17 ARCA races so far this year, is currently 23rd in the 2017 championship standings after this event.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Tom Hessert (No. 25 Musselman's Big Cup Apple Sauce Toyota) finished 14th in Sunday's ARCA Racing Series Herr's Potato Chips 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL.

He started fourth in the lineup and completed 88 laps of the 100-lap race. Official series points are not available at this time, but Hessert, who has competed in three of the 14 ARCA races so far this season was 39th in driver championship standings heading into Springfield.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 08:30:00 PM

Six-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Tom Hessert will return to Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) line-up of drivers. The Cherry Hill, N.J. veteran will be driving the No. 25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota in the Herr's Potato Chips 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile Sunday, August 20.

Finishing second in last season’s championship standings, Hessert drove to victory lane last September at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds "Magic Mile." Hessert, a perennial series competitor since 2008, will make just his third season start this year, and first since Talladega.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 11:29:00 AM

Tom Hessert III (No. 25 Musselman's Squeezables Apple Sauce/GO PUCK Toyota) finished ninth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway.

He started third in the lineup and completed all laps of the 82-lap race. Official series points are not available at this time, but Hessert, who has competed in two of the four ARCA races so far this season was 20th in driver championship standings heading into Talladega.
Mon, May 8, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Tom Hessert (No. 25 Andrews Products-Renton Coil Spring Toyota) finished fifth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started on the pole, led 21 laps and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. Hessert is currently fourth in the 2017 ARCA championship standings after this event.
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 12:36:00 PM

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Tom Hessert, in the No. 25 Andrews-Renton Coil Spring/Venturini Motorsports Toyota, won the General Tire Pole Award Friday afternoon at Daytona Int'l Speedway for Saturday's Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire.

Hessert, in the sixth qualifying group, was the last car off pit road among his six-car pack. His strategy was to lay way back in order to get a run. It worked. Hessert circled the 2.5-mile track in 48.143 seconds, an average speed of 186.943 mph. Hessert bumped Matt Tifft off the pole in the final minutes of qualifying. Tifft, in the NOS-Terrible Herbst Toyota, held on for the second qualifying position with a speed of 186.838 mph. Bryan Dauzat, Kyle Weatherman and Willie Mullins completed the top-five qualifiers.
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Tom Hessert, the popular 10-year veteran of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, announced today his return to Venturini Motorsports (VMS) with an abbreviated 2017 race schedule.

Coming off of a career best, second-place finish in last year's ARCA Championship, Hessert will return to the series for five selected events in 2017. With six ARCA victories in 179 starts, he will pilot VMS’ No. 25 Toyota at Daytona (season opener), Talladega, Illinois State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and the Fall Salem Speedway race. Not ruling out a full season return in 2018, he knows his partial schedule will be difficult at times. Hessert said, "It’s probably going to drive me nuts not being inside the race car every weekend. Who knows, maybe I’ll sell more cars." In addition to his racing career, Hessert maintains a busy schedule as General Manager within his New Jersey based family owned Barbera's Autoland car dealership.-VMS
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 07:11:00 PM

Tom Hessert not only found his way back to victory lane in 2016, a thrilling finish that came down to the wire at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds "Magic Mile" dirt in early September, the Cherry Hill, N.J. ARCA veteran finished a career-best second in national championship driver standings.

Check out Hessert's 2nd place video that was shown at the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Awards Banquet.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:33:00 PM

Tom Hessert III (No. 25 3M/Cometic Gasket Toyota) finished ninth in Friday night's ARCA Racing Series season-ending Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway (Kansas City, KS).

He started third in the lineup and completed all laps of the 100-lap race. Hessert, who has competed in all 20 ARCA races this year, closed out the season second in the 2016 championship standings, 475 points behind 2016 ARCA Champion Chase Briscoe.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:48:00 PM

Tom Hessert is just a hundred a fifty miles away from his career-best points finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. While he won't catch championship leader Chase Briscoe, he's well entrenched in second-place, 185 points in front of Matt Kurzejewski.

Hessert, in the No. 25 3M-Cometic Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, can solidify his runner-up championship status in Friday night's season finale - the Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway. Tom Hessert car shot 2016Hessert, a 10-year series veteran who finished a career-best third in ARCA’s championship standings in 2010 and 2014, will wrap up his ninth consecutive season as a top-10 points finisher.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 08:54:00 PM

Tom Hessert III (No. 25 Acadiana Neurosurgery/Illinois Truck & Equip. Toyota) finished fourth in Saturday night's Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway (Sparta, KY).

He started 13th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 102-lap race. Hessert, who has competed in all 19 ARCA races so far this season, is currently second in the 2016 championship standings after this event, 560 points behind leader Chase Briscoe.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 11:27:00 PM

Tom Hessert III (No. 25 Illinois Truck & Equipment Toyota) finished 10th in Thursday night's SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.

He started 16th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 100-lap race. Hessert, who has competed in all 18 ARCA races so far this season, is currently second in the 2016 championship standings after this event.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 02:59:00 PM