Hessert Full Speed Ahead Into Kansas Aims to Tighten Championship Chase after Strong Test Session MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 27, 2010) - Tom Hessert will ride into Kansas City, Kan. this week with a 15 point gap between himself and ARCA Series...
Hessert Full Speed Ahead Into Kansas
Aims to Tighten Championship Chase after Strong Test Session
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 27, 2010) - Tom Hessert will ride into Kansas City, Kan. this week with a 15 point gap between himself and ARCA Series points leader Patrick Sheltra. After last week's test at Kansas Speedway, Hessert is confident that his No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports team can tighten championship chase with a strong performance in the Kansas Lottery 150.
Hessert's Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge was 10th-fastest overall in the open test session at Kansas Speedway on September 21. Hessert received advice from former Cunningham Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman, who was on hand to help shake down the cars. Kligerman won last season's ARCA event at Kansas.
A history of strong performances, Hessert has never finished outside the top-15 at Kansas Speedway. He finished 13th in 2008 and 14th in 2009 in his only two ARCA starts at the race track.
Hessert on the Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway:
"This has been a great year for our Cunningham Motorsports team. We got a win at Iowa, but even before that, we scored two top-five finishes. With the exception of just a few tracks, we've had a very solid season. Even at Pocono and Michigan, where we finished outside the top-15, we ran well and had a good car, but just didn't get a result that reflected it.
"It all came together at Iowa and we've been on a tear since then. That was a big confidence builder for me and the whole team. We've been running great and been poised to win a few races since then. Our goal was to be in position to win a championship at the close of the season and we've accomplished that. That's all you can ask for. We are just aiming to capitalize right now.
"The championship race is really tight going into Kansas. There are 15 points that separate us from the leader. Basically, it's still anybody's to win. After testing at Kansas last week, I think we're in a really good position to make up those 15 points, and possibly lead the championship going into Rockingham. I feel good about it.
"Rockingham is a track that we really excel at too. I'm sure the championship won't be decided until the final lap of the season. No one's going to build up a dominant lead before Rockingham, so you won't see anyone in position to just ride around and cruise. Whoever wins the championship is going to lead laps and race up front. Fortunately, I think our Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge is ready to do that.
"Kansas is different than tracks like Chicago or Michigan. It's really, really smooth. You can drive a lot harder into the turns, but it makes you tighter through the center. You've got to be disciplined and consistent behind the wheel. It's a track I really enjoy racing at. I'm really excited with our test results and looking forward to the Kansas Lottery 150."
-source: tom hessert PR