TAKE #99JR THROUGH ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN...
26, 2017) Next up on the schedule for the
#99jr team was a visit to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown,
Illinois tonight for an $8,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series mid-week throwdown. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed
in twenty-fifth quickest overall during the qualifying session and
later placed eighth in heat race action. After grabbing the third
transfer spot through his B-Main, Frankie started the 40-lap main
event from the inside of the eleventh row. The Frankfort, Illinois
standout then kicked off a busy swing through Illinois and Wisconsin
tonight with a seventeenth place performance.
HECKENAST, JR. PICKS
UP FIRST WIN OF 2017 AT FALS!
16, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr
team dropped into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois - on their way home from North Dakota - on Saturday evening,
July 15 and walked away with an impressive $2,000 triumph! Frankie
earned Fast Time honors during UMP Super Late Model qualifying and
later picked up a heat race triumph. After leading early in the
main event, Frankie hounded his cousin Mike Spatola III for the
point late in the distance and eventually made the winning pass
on an exciting final circuit. The Frankfort, Illinois ace claimed
the $2,000 win over Spatola, Dan Flessner, McKay Wenger, and Mike
Mataragas! Full results from last night at FALS can be viewed online
(Rocky Ragusa Photo)
WILD WEST TOUR NIGHTLY
RESULTS FOR #99JR TEAM...
14, 2017) The four-race Wild West Tour wrapped
up tonight for the cars and stars racing with the World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series with the 'Acme Tools 50' at River Cities
Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Afternoon rain showers prior
to the $10,000 to win special made for a wicked fast racing surface.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the third quickest lap in Group
B during time trials and later finished second in his loaded heat
race. After drawing the sixth starting spot before the drop of the
green flag in the 50-lapper, Frankie unfortunately completed only
39 circuits and was officially paid for eighteenth at the pay window
following the race. The Frankfort, Illinois native currently sits
ninth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting
the Wild West Tour.
13, 2017) The penultimate event of the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series-sanctioned Wild West Tour
took the #99jr team to Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota tonight
for another $8,000 to win duel. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the
sixth quickest time in Group A during qualifying before grabbing
the third transfer spot through his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois
ace then started the 40-lap main event from the outside of the fifth
row, but unfortunately slid back a few spots during the course of
the race to finish thirteenth in the final rundown.
12, 2017) Next up on the Wild West Tour with
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series was a visit tonight
to Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for an $8,000 to win shootout.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. laid down the twelfth fastest lap overall during
time trials and later placed third in his loaded heat race. After
rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 40-lapper, Frankie
drove past a couple of competitors during the feature distance to
leave Ogilvie with a steady seventh place performance.
8, 2017) The Wild West Tour kicked off for
Heckenast Racing tonight in the 38th edition of the 'Gopher 50'
at the pristine Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special drew 36
competitors to the 3/8-mile oval - all of whom were vying for the
$10,000 winner's check. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock fourth
quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to finishing
second in heat race action. After drawing the eighth starting spot
before the drop of the green flag in the prestigious 50-lap race,
Frankie hung around the top ten and eventually knocked down a solid
ninth place effort.
HECTIC FOURTH OF JULY
WEEK FOR HECKENAST RACING...
7, 2017) Following a couple of days off,
Heckenast Racing was back in action with the UMP Summer Nationals
tour tonight at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. Frank
Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the third fastest lap in Group A during
time trials prior to scoring an impressive win in heat race action.
After starting the $10,000 to win headliner from the inside of the
second row and with passing at a premium throughout the 50-lap finale,
Frankie settled for a strong fourth place showing tonight behind
only feature winner Mike Marlar, Billy Moyer, and Brandon Sheppard!
1, 2017) Another $10,000 winner's check was
up for grabs in another World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
and UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals clash tonight at Federated Raceway
at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in fourth
quickest in Group B during qualifying and later ran second in his
stacked heat race. While running in the top five on lap 42 of the
50-lapper, Frankie was unfortunately caught up in an incident and
wound up twenty-fourth in the final finishing order.
30, 2017) The $10,000 to win showdown between
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series versus the UMP
DIRTcar Summer Nationals scheduled for tonight at Terre Haute Action
Track in Terre Haute, Indiana has been canceled due to a heavy afternoon
storm paired with persistent rain throughout the rest of the day.
28, 2017) A hectic 4th of July holiday week
for Heckenast Racing started tonight in the 'Outlaw Clay Classic'
at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour presided over the $10,000
to win program at the pristine Chicago-area facility, which is promoted
by Frank Heckenast, Jr.'s sister Sherri. Frankie knocked down the
fourth quickest lap during the qualifying session prior to finishing
a close third in heat race action. The Frankfort, Illinois ace was
then scheduled to start the 50-lap finale from the inside of the
fifth row, but heavy rain and dangerous lightning unfortunately
postponed the feature until October 13.
#99JR TEAM BUSY THIS
WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA...
24, 2017) Today was a very busy day at Lernerville
Speedway for the #99jr team, as a day/night doubleheader concluded
the rainy weekend at the Sarver, Pennsylvania speedplant. During
the $6,000 to win afternoon show, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran third
in his heat race and tenth in the 30-lap prelim. In the $30,000
to win 'Firecracker 100' at night, Frankie placed fifth in his loaded
heat race, second in his B-Main, and eighteenth in the 100-lap headliner,
which ran caution-free.
23, 2017) Persistent rain hitting the area
throughout the day has forced Friday’s 'Firecracker 100' program
to be cancelled. Thursday’s postponement and Friday’s
cancellation sets the stage for a jam-packed Saturday at Lernerville
Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania featuring a day/night doubleheader
with Thursday’s $6,000 to win preliminary event in the afternoon
and the 100-lap finale - paying $30,000 to the winner - later tomorrow
22, 2017) Due to heavy afternoon rain showers
on Thursday, the racing surface at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver,
Pennsylvania will not be suitable for competition during tonight’s
first 'Firecracker 100' qualifying event. Despite all of the efforts
from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Lernerville
Speedway crews, Thursday’s event will be postponed to Saturday
afternoon at 1 p.m. Friday’s $6,000 to win preliminary program
for the 'Firecracker 100' is still on as scheduled.
20, 2017) A busy week for the cars and stars
of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in the Keystone
State of Pennsylvania kicked off tonight with a $10,000 to win program
at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania. Frank
Heckenast, Jr. posted the sixth fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session before placing second in heat race action. After starting
the 50-lapper from the outside of the third row, Frankie had a strong
run going until he was spun by another competitor, which eventually
dropped him to a fourteenth place showing.
FRANK HECKENAST, JR.
LEADS EARLY AT BRIGHTON...
19, 2017) The #99jr team traveled north of
the border for a pair of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series battles on June 17-18 at Brighton Speedway and
Cornwall Motor Speedway, both of which are located in the province
of Ontario. Frank Heckenast, Jr. tripped the clock fifth quickest
during the qualifying session Saturday at Brighton prior to running
second in heat race action. After drawing the pole position and
leading the first nine circuits of the 50-lapper, Frankie eventually
slipped back to eighth in the final rundown of the headliner. Sunday's
scheduled tilt at Cornwall Motor Speedway then unfortunately succumbed
to inclement weather. Full results from Saturday evening's WOOLMS
stop to Brighton can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.
HECKENAST PILOTS SPATOLA'S
BACK-UP CAR AT KANKAKEE
16, 2017) With his Heckenast Racing team
primed to head to Canada with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series tour this weekend, Frank Heckenast, Jr. jumped behind
the wheel of his cousin Mike Spatola's back-up #89 car on Thursday
night, June 15 at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois.
The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour rolled into Kankakee last
night to preside over a $5,000 to win program. Frankie posted the
sixth fastest time in his group during the qualifying session and
later placed fifth in his stacked heat race. After starting the
40-lap headliner from the inside of the seventh row, Frankie was
able to move forward past four competitors on his way to a steady
ninth place effort. Full results from last night at Kankakee can
be viewed online at www.thehelltour.com.
FRANK HECKENAST, JR.
SOLID THROUGHOUT DLM DREAM
11, 2017) Heckenast Racing traveled to the
Buckeye State of Ohio from June 8-10 for the 23rd edition of the
'Dirt Late Model Dream.' A stellar field of 79 Super Late Model
competitors signed in at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio and all eyes were focused on the whopping $100,000 winner's
share. Things kicked off at the "Big E" on Thursday and
Friday with a pair of preliminary programs, which paid $5,000 and
$10,000 to win respectively in Twin 25 lap sprints.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran third in his heat race on Thursday night
prior to winding up thirteenth in the final rundown of the 25-lapper.
On Friday evening, Frankie placed fourth in heat race action and
later climbed to tenth by the checkers of the 25-lap feature. When
Saturday rolled around, the Frankfort, Illinois ace grabbed the
third and final transfer spot through his heat race before overheating
woes early in the 100-lap 'Dirt Late Model Dream' relegated Frankie
to twenty-eighth in the final finishing order. Comprehensive coverage
from the crown jewel extravaganza over the weekend at Eldora can
be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.
HECKENAST, JR. TENTH
IN WOOLMS POINTS AFTER SENOIA
4, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr., of Frankfort,
Illinois, headed to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell,
Tennessee and Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on June 2-3 for
a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series duals. On
Friday night in a $10,000 to win show at "The Taz," Frankie
placed fifth in his heat race and fourteenth in the 50-lap feature
event. At Senoia on Saturday evening in the $10,025 to win 'Billy
Clanton Classic,' Frankie ran third in his stacked heat race, but
was later collected in a wreck during the 50-lapper and wound up
sixteenth in the final finishing order. He now sits tenth in the
current version of the WOOLMS point standings following the doubleheader
weekend. Full results from both venues can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
FRANK HECKENAST, JR.
BACK ON WOOLMS TOUR IN OHIO
29, 2017) With Sunday's World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series stop at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne,
West Virginia rained-out, Heckenast Racing wound up entering a pair
of national touring series events with the Outlaws on May 26-27
in the Buckeye State of Ohio. Frank Heckenast, Jr. won his heat
race on Friday night at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio and was running
second in the $10,000 to win headliner before overheating woes dropped
him to twenty-first in the final finishing order. On Saturday evening
at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, Frankie ran third in
his heat race and was involved in a tangle during the $12,500 to
win main event before battling back to eleventh at the checkered
flag. The Frankfort, Illinois ace currently finds himself tied for
ninth in the WOOLMS point standings following the holiday weekend.
Full results from the Buckeye State can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
RACING BATTLES LUCAS OIL SERIES FOES
20, 2017) The Heckenast Racing team battled
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors on May 18-19 in
$10,000 to win throwdowns in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.
On Thursday night at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois, Frank
Heckenast, Jr. ran fifth in his loaded heat race and was battling
for a top ten finish in the 50-lapper before a late flat tire helped
relegate him to a twelfth place performance in the 'Spring Shootout.'
At Luxemburg Speedway in Luxemburg, Wisconsin on Friday evening,
Frankie placed sixth in heat race action prior to winding up twenty-first
in the final rundown of the 50-lap feature event. Full results from
both LOLMDS programs can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
TEAM STRONG IN TRIO OF HIGH-PROFILE SHOWS!!
15, 2017) Mother's Day weekend took Frank
Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team to three different venues in Illinois
and Tennessee from May 12-14 for a trio of high-profile showdowns!
On Friday night at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois,
the MARS Dirt Car Series presided over the inaugural running of
the 'Farmer City 74,' which boasted a hefty $20,000 winner's check.
Frankie timed in eighth quickest in Group B during qualifying prior
to running second in his stacked heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois
star then rallied past a handful of competitors during the 74-lap
main event en route to an impressive fifth place showing behind
only winner Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, Mike Marlar, and Chase Junghans!
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series then
took center stage by sanctioning a pair of $10,000 to win shootouts
in the Volunteer State of Tennessee. In the annual 'Mountain Outlaw
50' at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville on Saturday evening,
Frankie placed fifth in his loaded heat race before moving up to
eighth in the 50-lapper. At Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel on
Sunday in the weekend finale, Frankie finished third in heat race
action and ninth in the 50-lap headliner. He still finds himself
ninth in the latest version of WOOLMS point standings following
the trip to Tennessee. Full results from the hectic weekend can
be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com
HEADS TO CAROLINAS WITH OUTLAWS...
7, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series slate of events heated back up over the May 5-6 weekend
and took the #99jr team to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina
and Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina
for a pair of $10,000 to win battles. On Friday night at Cherokee,
Frank Heckenast, Jr. finished ninth in his heat race, fifth in his
B-Main, and fifteenth in the 50-lap headliner. At Fayetteville on
Saturday evening, Frankie scored the victory in his heat race and
was running inside of the top ten during the 50-lapper until suffering
a flat tire on the final circuit. The Frankfort, Illinois ace was
dropped to sixteenth in the final finishing order and now finds
himself ninth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings.
Complete results from the doubleheader weekend in the Carolinas
can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.