Jesus Hernandez to Run ARCA Event in MTJ Motorsports to Field Entry Huntersville, N.C. (July 15, 2009) -- NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Jesus Hernandez will take another step forward in his career Saturday night when he competes in the...
Jesus Hernandez to Run ARCA Event in MTJ Motorsports to Field Entry
Huntersville, N.C. (July 15, 2009) -- NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Jesus Hernandez will take another step forward in his career Saturday night when he competes in the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up 150 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway located in the city of Sparta. Hernandez will compete in a car entered by his fellow worker at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. Hernandez will pilot the No. 56 Chevrolet. The car will have support from lavendar Boutique and G.C. Pollex and Associates.
Hernandez will be making his second career ARCA start, previously racing in this event in 2007, finishing an impressive sixth in his debut. The team, made up of many Sprint Cup employees moonlighting on this project, has made this a true grassroots effort. The team has worked for nearly eight months preparing this car for Saturday night's race.
"Yeah, it's been a bit overwhelming to say the least, but I can't be more thankful for everyone involved," said Hernandez. "I think someone said we're doing this race 'old school', like the way they did it back in the day. I think they are right. We're not going to roll in with some huge hauler or anything, but we're going to have a well-prepared, professional car with the best equipment. That would not have been possible if not for the support from Martin, Greg and Sherry Pollex and all the guys working so hard on this car."
Hernandez, 27, has competed this season in the Camping World East Series and has collected three top-10 finishes, including one top-five. He's emerging as the most talented Hispanic driver with Mexican descent in the sport today.
"I think this story, putting this car together for this race with a lot of hard work and sweat, is something the Hispanic community can relate to," commented Hernandez. "We're not sitting here with millions of dollars to work on this car with. We'd love to have that, but we're making this happen with what we've got. It makes me feel proud to be doing it this way. We're working hard for everything that we are doing and that translates with my community.
"Saying that, we're going to be a little cautious early in the weekend," continued Hernandez. "We aren't going to have a second car, but that doesn't mean during the race that if we're running for the win we're not going to go all out. These guys worked too hard not to go here looking for a win."
Hernandez and the team will practice on Friday and race Saturday night. The race will be televised live by the SPEED Channel Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time.