Illinois: Tom Hessert race report

OVERHEATING PROBLEMS LEAD TO A 23RD-PLACE FINISH FOR HESSERT AT SPRINGFIELD Springfield, IL - The ARCA RE/MAX Series headed to Springfield, IL this passed weekend for the 47th running of the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tom...

OVERHEATING PROBLEMS LEAD TO A 23RD-PLACE FINISH FOR HESSERT AT SPRINGFIELD

Springfield, IL - The ARCA RE/MAX Series headed to Springfield, IL this passed weekend for the 47th running of the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tom Hessert made his second start at the 1-mile clay oval bringing home his best start of 15th at the fairgrounds but due to overheating problems on the No. 20 Cherry Hill Classic Cars Ford settled for a 23rd place finish in the caution extended 103-lap show.

The unfavorable finish resulted in the loss of ground on 8th place Patrick Sheltra but Hessert still remains 9th in the 2009 driver point standings with 2635 points; only 135 markers behind the Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge.

The No. 20 machine started on the inside of row 8 in the 15th position for the 100-mile event. Hessert struggled with free on exit early on which prompted crew chief Keith Hinkein to bring the white and blue machine down pit road during the afternoon's first caution for a chassis adjustment and fuel. Hessert would restart 12th when the field went back to green.

Hessert plotted his way up the scoreboard and was sitting in the 6th position just past half-way until a punctured radiator lead to overheating problems on the No. 20 machine. The Classic Cars team would bring Hessert down pit road a hand full of times before being forced to park for the rest of the day.

Tom Hessert and the No. 20 team would settle for a 23rd-place finish 24 laps down to race winner Parker Klingerman.

"Our car was running great all day," stated Hessert. "We had a solid run going in the top ten (6th) until we started experiencing over heating issues. From then on it was a struggle to keep the car in the race. My team did a great job keeping the Cherry Hill Classic Cars Ford on the track for as long as we could in order to gain as many points as we could, but in the end it was a short day for us."

Before making the trip to Springfield the ARCA RE/MAX Series made a detour to Chicagoland Speedway for an open test in preparation for this weekend's Ansell Cut Protection 150 on Friday night, August 28th. Hessert and the No. 20 team participated in the one day test at the 1.5-mile paved oval and ended up 2nd in the morning session and 5th quick overall.

"We had a great test at Choicagoland Speedway last week," stated Hessert. "We unloaded with a little different setup than we had been running on the intermediate tracks and it was great. The things that we tried throughout the test were all steps in the right direction and we kept getting the car faster and faster. The morning session ended with us second on the time sheets and after just focusing on race trim in the afternoon, we were still fifth overall for the day. As good as the car was in both qualifying and race trim I expect us to be strong at Chicago and can't wait to get back there next weekend."

Hessert started 21st and finished 30th in the 2008 Chicagoland ARCA 200 at Chicagoland Speedway and hopes to capitalize on a better finish in 2009.

"I think Chicagoland Speedway is an awesome racetrack," continued Hessert. "It's a very high speed 1.5-mile tri-oval with a good bit of banking. The best part about the track is that over the years the racing groove has become very wide and unlike other flatter tracks it lends itself to great side by side action."

The Ansell Cut Protection 150 will be aired live on SPEED at 6:30 p.m. Along with live coverage on SPEED you can catch all the action live from Joliet at arcaracing.com via live timing and scoring.

-credit: rabr/ksr

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