FRIENDSHIP DRIVES HESSLING INTO MOSER TOP DRAGSTER
Veteran racer Joe Hessling is returning to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, this weekend looking for more glory.
Hessling, who has reached the winner's circle in a variety of classes at Summit Motorsports Park in the past, will be piloting a dragster owned by Rob Moser in the Top Dragster Class at the 10th annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser.
"My dragster has done really well with the APD (Advanced Product Design) and ProCharger combination and when people have noticed that and have asked to buy the combination, which is a showcase of sorts for APD and ProCharger, we've sold it, and rebuilt and sometimes that leaves me without an engine for a while," Hessling said in a press release. "Luckily for me, Rob (Moser) had another commitment for this weekend and offered to let me see what I could do with his dragster, which I've tested one time, but I've never raced it."
According to Hessling, Moser has been as quick as 6.17 seconds in the dragster.
"If I can run 6.20s this weekend, that should put me right where I need to be in order to be competitive," Hessling said.
Hessling and his crew of Ray Connolly and Rocky Van Note will be working to find the right tune-up for the Moser-owned dragster this weekend. Hessling did drive a Moser-owned dragster in the past in the Super Comp Class, and he won a Wally in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Hessling is an engine builder at Advanced Product Design in Genoa, Ohio.
"I consider Summit Motorsports Park my home track, and winning this event last year was one of the coolest things because of that," Hessling said. "I hope to be able to do it again."