(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 28, 2012) - Tom Hessert finished sixth Sunday at Madison International Speedway, but lamented motor issues that plagued his progress in the race.
Now, Hessert will look to next Monday's Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, where he is one of 31 drivers entered. The complete entry list is linked here.
Hessert has five starts at DuQuoin but only one top-10, a second-place finish to Steve Arpin in 2010. If he can turn around his fortunes from Madison, he may be in line to improve that career-best by one position.
"Madison's a good place, but our motor started laying down maybe 80 laps in and it just ran (poorly) all day," he said. "We've had motor problems the last two weeks, and it's just frustrating. The guys did a good job and we had a really good race car, but it was just for nothing."
Frank Kimmel is another driver looking forward to DuQuoin for a better shot. He ran second to Chris Buescher for much of the end of Sunday's race, but contact from another car on Lap 204 sent him out of a contending spot and forced him to lose approximately 30 points in the championship pursuit. He finished ninth.
"We had a great race with the 17, and ran side-by-side lap after lap," he said. "We had a fast car and kept the fenders on it and just got run over there at the end. It's tough to take when you put that type of race together and it turns out that way. You try real hard to race people clean, and when you don't get that in return, it's frustrating. We'll go on to DuQuoin and give a good effort there."
Kimmel has five career wins at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
For six weeks in a row going back to the July 21 race at Chicagoland Speedway, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards field has set race records in every event. Sunday, Chris Buescher's one-hour, 29-minute, and 28-second performance (69.746 mph) broke the existing record at Madison by over 13 minutes.
Monday, he will have the chance to defend his 2011 win at DuQuoin and perhaps set another race record or extend his points lead over Kimmel.
Practice for the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care will begin at 9 a.m. and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at 11. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 1 p.m. All times are Central. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site.
Pictured: Hessert at DuQuoin in 2011