New Jersey Motorsports Park news 2009-09-07

ARCA RE/MAX Drivers Ready For South Jersey Building Trades 150 At New Jersey Motorsports Park; Local Driver Hessert Hoping To Defend Home Turf Millville, N.J. (September 7, 2009) - The ARCA RE/MAX Series teams will make a right turn this...

ARCA RE/MAX Drivers Ready For South Jersey Building Trades 150 At New Jersey Motorsports Park; Local Driver Hessert Hoping To Defend Home Turf

Millville, N.J. (September 7, 2009) - The ARCA RE/MAX Series teams will make a right turn this weekend, running the 12-turn, 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway road course during the South Jersey Building Trades 150 At New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 11-13. The South Jersey stop, round 18 of 21 on series schedule, is the lone road course on the series schedule typically full of oval races.

One of the drivers leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series is local driver Tom Hessert of Cherry Hill, N.J. The Philadelphia-area driver will spend the weekend showing the traditional oval racers his home course.

"I've been around the track or at the facility more than other people being so close to home," said Hessert. "I've had the opportunity to drive a couple different cars there and hopefully I'm going to try and get in there before we actually go race there. Whenever you get the chance to race close to home it's great. You know a lot of family and friends will come out to watch and support you. That always makes you feel comfortable and right at home which is good. It's also nice to be able to sleep in your own bed!"

Hessert, who currently sits ninth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship points standings, actually comes from a road racing family. His father, Tom Hessert, Jr., won his class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona three times during his sports car career. The Hesserts competed in the prestigious event together when the younger Hessert was a 16-year-old.

With that background, Hessert is completely comfortable muscling the high horsepower stock cars around a road course and looking for a win at home.

"New Jersey Motorsports Park is a beautiful facility and with the two separate tracks there are all kinds of capabilities and events," Hessert said. "Last year we qualified 11th and we were actually running 6th and ran out of gas on the long green flag run. Then it rained and I got pinned in 19th. When I finally refueled and got back out we never really went back to green to make up all the spots. This year, with Team RAB, we've got a really good road course ARCA car so I'm excited to drive it again at New Jersey and I think we should be able to go there and get us a top-five."

In addition to the ARCA RE/MAX Series machines, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, Pro-IT and the Tri-State Vintage Stock Car Reunion featuring historic stock cars will be a part of the South Jersey Building Trades 150 weekend.

Practice and qualifying for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup and Pro-IT series will begin on Friday, September 11. The first of two weekend races for each of those series along with practice for the Vintage Stock Car Reunion will take on Saturday, September 12, and all three will race on Sunday.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will practice and qualify on Saturday, September 12.

The South Jersey Building Trades 150 will cap the weekend at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for the South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park are available at www.njmp.com or by calling 856-327-7217. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all events at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

-credit: njmp

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