Hessert Leaving Nothing on the Track at Rockingham Aiming to Collect Every Possible Point in Championship Finale MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 4, 2010) - For Tom Hessert and the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports team, it all comes down to one race, the...
Hessert Leaving Nothing on the Track at Rockingham
Aiming to Collect Every Possible Point in Championship Finale
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 4, 2010) - For Tom Hessert and the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports team, it all comes down to one race, the American 200 at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. Hessert, who is currently in third-place in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings, sits only 20 points behind the leader as he heads into the final event of the 2010 season.
In preparation for this weekend's race, Hessert will shake down his Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge in an open test session at Rockingham on Thursday. The team will make preparations on Thursday to bring the best car to the track for Saturday.
In his three previous races at Rockingham, Hessert averages a 12.7-place finish. His best performance to date was in 2008, when he finished in the ninth position. Last season the No. 77 team took the checkered flag with Parker Kligerman, a feat that Hessert aims to repeat this Saturday.
Hessert Comments on the Series Finale at Rockingham:
"It's the last race of the year and the focus is on one thing, winning the championship. We're only 20 points behind the leader, so this is really wide open. There are three of us that are neck and neck. We need every point we can get. Qualifying is going to be crucial. We have to beat the top two point's leaders by at least four spots to clinch the title. I know our day is going to be action-packed, but one thing's for sure, you won't see us leave anything on the track. We're going to let it all hang out this weekend. We've got to go out and lead laps, lead the most laps, and win the race if we want leave as champions. That's our game plan for this week and I know we're capable.
"Patience is going to be important during this race. Tire management is everything at Rockingham. You have to take good care of your Hooisers, especially early in a run. That's what pays dividends as the laps wind down. It's really hard, however, to stay patient when you know that you need to pass the cars in front of you. If the 81 (Goess) and 60 (Sheltra) are in front of me, my first instinct will be to try to drive harder. That's what you can't do. Patience and tire management will pay big dividends. I'm confident that we'll bring a car that has good tire wear on the long runs and that should help our cause.
"Rockingham is one of the most historic tracks in racing. It's a very important place to me. Back when it was part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, several teams clinched the championship there. Now we have a chance to do the same thing. It's a chance to be a part of stock car history and I'm not taking that lightly. This is a special opportunity and it's great to be in this position. I'm ready to take advantage.
"Rockingham is a great place to race too. It's very abrasive, basically a tire-eating machine. It leaves you slipping and sliding after only a few laps. It's also multi-grooved. There are four good lanes for you to choose from to get around the track. It makes for a great show for the fans.
"Saying all that, I'm really focused. We've had a great season, but it's not over. We have the opportunity to go out on top. That is what we're all working for this weekend."
-source: tom hessert PR