Tom Hearst is an American racing driver who won the first NASCAR Weekly Series national championship, in 1982.Schaefer, Paul. Where Stars Are Born: Celebrating 25 Years of NASCAR Weekly Racing. Coastal 181, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, 2006. ISBN 0-9789261-0-2. pp. 5-9.
Driving a dirt Late Model for owners Keith Simmons and Gary Oliver, Hearst won 27 of the 50 NASCAR-sanctioned races that he entered. Most were at race tracks in Davenport, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; West Liberty, Iowa; and Freeport, Illinois. Hearst also won 15 of the 17 non-NASCAR races in which he competed.