HECKENAST, JR. TACKLES EXPANDED DREAM
9, 2013) The
Heckenast Race Team and driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. tackled the
famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 6-8 for the
19th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' The expanded race format
at the "Big E" kicked off on Thursday and Friday with
Twin 25s. On Thursday night, Frankie timed in ninth fastest during
the qualifying session and finished second in his heat race prior
to claiming a steady eleventh place performance in the $2,500
to win feature event. At the hallowed high-banks on Friday evening,
Frankie once again qualified ninth quickest, but unfortunately
narrowly missed out on the $5,000 to win main event after finishing
seventh in his heat race and fifth in his B-Main.
Things really ratcheted up
on Saturday, as a whopping $100,000 top prize was on the line
in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Frankie was unfortunately involved
in a grinding heat race wreck that resulted in a twelfth place
heat finish and a torn up racecar. The Frankfort, Illinois ace
was then forced to watch the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza.
Full results from the long weekend at Eldora Speedway can be accessed
online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
IN ACTION IN TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND...
27, 2013) Frank
Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team struck out to compete in a trio
of Dirt Late Model events from May 24-26 in the states of Illinois
and Ohio. On Friday night, the Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City,
Illinois kicked things off with a $1,000 to win weekly program.
Frankie timed in third fastest in qualifying and later finished
second in his heat race. After starting the A-Main from the inside
of the second row, Frankie wheeled his #99jr to a strong third
place performance behind only winner Billy Drake and runner-up
Next up was a visit to the
Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio on Saturday evening for a $2,000
to win American Late Model Series (ALMS) showdown. Frankie ran
eighth in his heat race, third in his B-Main, and sixteenth in
the main event. Another $2,000 to win ALMS battle wrapped up the
Memorial Day holiday weekend for the #99jr team on Sunday at the
famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Unfortunately, Frankie
placed ninth in his heat race and did not start his B-Main, which
kept him out of the feature event at the "Big E." Full
results from the triple shot can be viewed online at www.dirtondirt.com.
JR. COMPETES IN SPRING SHOOTOUT
12, 2013) The
Heckenast Race Team ventured to the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle,
Illinois on May 10-11 for a pair of $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series tilts. Following a rain-out on Friday night,
Saturday's portion of the 'Spring Shootout' weekend went off without
a hitch. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in fourteenth quickest in
Group A during the qualifying session and later finished eighth
in his heat race and seventh in his B-Main. Unfortunately, Frankie
was unable to transfer into the 50-lap main event, which went
caution-free and was won by Brady Smith. Full results from the
1/4-mile bullring can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
RETURNS TO ACTION AT FARMER CITY...
28, 2013) Frank
Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team returned to Dirt Late Model
competition on Friday night, April 26 at the Farmer City Raceway
in Farmer City, Illinois. The 'Douglas Dodge 50' was UMP DIRTcar
Series sanctioned and paid $5,000 to the winner. Frankie posted
the second quickest lap during the qualifying session and was
leading his heat race until hitting a hole in the track, which
sent him hard into the wall. The Frankfort, Illinois driver limped
his machine home in the third spot, which earned him the outside
fifth row starting position for the 50-lap feature event. Due
to the damage inflicted in the heat race, Frankie retired early
from the 'Douglas Dodge 50' and wound up twentieth in the final
rundown. Full results can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com.
RACE TEAM ENTERS ILLINI 100...
7, 2013) The
Heckenast Race Team and driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. made their
way to the Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on April
5-6 for the 5th Annual 'Illini 100.' On Friday night, Frankie
timed in fourteenth fastest in Group A during World of Outlaws
Late Model Series qualifying and later finished ninth in his heat
race after suffering mechanical problems. The Frankfort, Illinois
native then made a sterling run in his B-Main on Saturday evening
to finish fourth, but that was unfortunately one position out
of a coveted transfer spot into the $20,000 to win 'Illini 100.'
Full results from Farmer City can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
JR. KICKS OFF SEASON IN THAW BRAWL
31, 2013) Frank
Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team finally got the chance to kick-off
their 2013 campaign on March 29-30 with the 'Thaw Brawl' at the
LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois. On Friday night, Frankie
laid down the fastest lap in his group during UMP DIRTcar Series
qualifying and later took the win in his heat race. After starting
third in the $2,000 to win main event, Frankie crossed underneath
the checkers fourth following 30 laps to finish behind only winner
Dennis Erb, Jr., Austin Hubbard, and Jimmy Mars.
When Saturday evening rolled
around at LaSalle, the Heckenast Race Team vied for the $10,000
top prize in a American Late Model Series (ALMS) showdown. Frankie
timed in second fastest in his group during qualifying and later
grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting
the 50-lapper from the inside of the sixth row, the Frankfort,
Illinois native was able to move up a couple of positions en route
to a ninth place performance. Full results from the 'Thaw Brawl'
double-dip can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
(Jeff Hall Photo)