Banner Season Proved Valuable to Hessert Achieved 10 Top-Fives and Led Most Laps among ARCA Drivers MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 13, 2010) - At the beginning of the 2010 ARCA Series season driver Tom Hessert set ambitious, but attainable goals.
Banner Season Proved Valuable to Hessert
Achieved 10 Top-Fives and Led Most Laps among ARCA Drivers
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 13, 2010) - At the beginning of the 2010 ARCA Series season driver Tom Hessert set ambitious, but attainable goals. The 24-year-old aspired to lead laps, visit victory lane and contend for the championship. He achieved those feats with flying colors and is now positioned to take the next step in his career.
This year marked Hessert's third season of ARCA competition. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native has shown a steady progression since entering the series full time in 2008. In his rookie year, Hessert drove to one top-five and seven top-10 finishes behind the wheel of Andy Belmont's Ford. He closed out the season eighth in the final point standings. In 2009, Hessert claimed one top-five and eight top-10s. He also earned his first ARCA Series pole. His efforts brought him another eighth-place standing in the championship points.
It was a breakout year for Hessert in 2010. Hessert paired with Cunningham Motorsports to drive the No. 77 Cherry Hill Motorsports Dodge. He pedaled his way to 10 top-fives and 15 top-10s. His average finish in the ARCA Series rose from 15.3 to 7.9 and he completed 99.7% of possible laps in the 20-event schedule.
Hessert's Dodge became a familiar sight at the front of the racing field. He led an impressive 388 laps throughout the season, more than any other competitor in 2010. Of all the laps Hessert led, the most important one was the last lap at Iowa Speedway, bringing him his first ARCA Series win.
"It's been an awesome season," Hessert said. "When we began this year, our goals were to lead laps, win a race and contend for the championship. We can check all of those off our list. I'm really proud of what our team accomplished. Everyone on the team gave it 100% and I can't thank them enough."
Hessert's performance initiated a fierce three-way battle for the 2010 ARCA Series championship with Patrick Sheltra and Craig Goess. Their fight went down to the wire, with all three drivers separated by 20 points before the final event at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. During the event Hessert solidified a third-place finish in the championship standings.
"The talent level is at an all-time high in the ARCA Series," continued Hessert. "There are so many good drivers and teams. There are several teams that are capable of winning each and every week. That makes what we accomplished pretty special. To finish third in the points, to lead all the laps we did and to win a race in such a competitive series is something for our team to be proud of. This year's championship wasn't settled until the last lap at Rockingham. We had a few breaks that didn't go our way and that's what kept us from winning the title. Overall, though, it's been a phenomenal year."
Hessert's performance in 2010 already has him looking forward to what's ahead.
"I don't have my plans solidified for next season, but I'm ready to race. I'd love to run some NASCAR races, maybe some Truck Series or Nationwide Series events, along with some ARCA races. I want to continue racing with the best and developing as a driver."
-source: tom hessert PR