WEEK WITH WOOLMS IN NEW YORK & PENNSYLVANIA
25, 2016) A busy day greeted the #99jr
team today at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, as
a day/night doubleheader was held to wrap up the annual 'Firecracker
100' weekend. In the rain-postponed $6,000 to win prelim, Frank
Heckenast, Jr. placed fifth in his heat race prior to scoring
the victory in his B-Main. At the end of the 30-lapper, Frankie
found himself seventeenth in the final rundown of the daytime
In the nightcap, a whopping $30,000 winner's check
was up for grabs in the 'Firecracker 100.' Frankie finished sixth
in his stacked heat race, but later won his consolation race to
advance into the 100-lap grind. The Frankfort, Illinois standout
then unfortunately broke a valve spring during the extra-distance
affair and wound up being paid for a twenty-first place effort.
24, 2016) Following yesterday's rain-out
at Lernerville Speedway, action finally got underway tonight at
the Sarver, Pennsylvania facility, as a $6,000 top prize was on
the line in a 'Firecracker 100' prelim. Frank Heckenast, Jr. logged
the fifth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying prior to taking
the victory in his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois hotshoe
then drew the pole position for the 30-lapper and eventually wound
up ninth in the final finishing order.
(June 23, 2016)
Tonight's $6,000 to win 'Firecracker 100' weekend opener at Lernerville
Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania was washed out due to heavy rainfall,
but has been reset for Saturday afternoon. Friday's $6,000 to
win preliminary program is still on as scheduled. Saturday's day/night
doubleheader will then conclude with the 'Firecracker 100,' which
once again boasts a $30,000 windfall for the World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series special.
21, 2016) A busy week with the World of
Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series kicked off tonight at Weedsport
Speedway in Weedsport, New York, as an $8,000 payday was on the
line in the 'Finger Lakes 40.' Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down
the quickest lap of the 26 entrants during qualifying to earn
Fast Time honors and later scored the victory in heat race action.
After drawing the outside of the front row for the start of the
40-lap main event, Frankie ran amongst the leaders throughout
the distance in the caution-free affair before claiming an impressive
third place podium performance behind only victor Josh Richards
and runner-up Shane Clanton!
HECKENAST, JR. ON PODIUM AT KANKAKEE!
18, 2016) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his
#99jr team rolled into Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois
and Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan on June 16-17 for
a pair of special events. On Thursday night at Kankakee, a $5,000
winner's check was on the line in the opening event of the UMP
DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Frankie qualified third quickest in
his group during time trials prior to running second in his heat
race. After starting the 40-lapper from the inside of the third
row, Frankie was able to move past a couple of competitors en
route to a sterling third place podium performance behind only
victor Bobby Pierce and runner-up Mike Marlar.
At Hartford on Friday evening, a $4,000 top prize
was up for grabs in an American Ethanol Late Model Tour showdown.
Frankie earned Fast Time honors of the 33 entrants during qualifying
and later ran third in his loaded heat race. Unfortunately, the
Frankfort, Illinois ace suffered motor issues early in the 31-lap
main event and was relegated to a disappointing twenty-second
place effort. Complete results from both races can be viewed online
JR. TENTH IN DREAM XXII OPENER
12, 2016) Heckenast Racing made the trek
to the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on
June 9-11 for the 22nd edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.'
Things got underway at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant with
a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night, Frank
Heckenast, Jr. ran fourth in his heat race prior to moving up
to tenth in the $5,000 to win main event. In Friday's $10,000
to win show, Frankie won his heat race, but unfortunately hit
the inside frontstretch wall hard in the 25-lap sprint and retired
with damage in the twenty-second position.
Due to the damage inflicted to his new Capital racecar,
Frankie was forced to scratch from Saturday evening's portion
of the 'Dream XXII' weekend. Therefore, the Frankfort, Illinois
standout was not able to transfer into the $100,000 to win headliner,
which was won by fellow Illinois driver Dennis Erb, Jr. Complete
results from the extended weekend in the Buckeye State can be
viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
TWEAKS ON NEW CAPITAL CAR AT FARMER CITY
4, 2016) The Heckenast Racing team unloaded
their new Capital racecar on Friday evening, June 3 at Farmer
City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois to compete in a weekly UMP
Super Late Model program. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in fifth
quickest overall during the qualifying session and later ran third
in his heat race. After starting the $1,000 to win headliner from
the inside of the third row, Frankie moved up to third during
the feature to finish behind only victor Kevin Weaver and runner-up
Mike Glasscock. Full results from last night at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds
oval can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com.
JR. TACKLES MOLER & TYLER COUNTY
30, 2016) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his
#99jr team invaded the states of Ohio and West Virginia over the
hectic Memorial Day holiday weekend to enter a trio of World of
Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns from May 27-29.
On Friday night at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio, Frankie
timed in sixth quickest in Group A during qualifying and later
ran second in heat race action. After drawing the outside of the
front row before the start of the $10,000 to win headliner, Frankie
ran amongst the leaders throughout the 50-lap distance before
winding up fourth in the final rundown behind only winner Shane
Clanton, Josh Richards, and Eddie Carrier, Jr.
The dirt-slinging action quickly shifted to Tyler
County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia for the annual
running of the 'Jackpot 100.' On Saturday evening, Frankie finished
seventh in his heat race, fourth in his B-Main, and twenty-first
in the $8,000 to win feature after utilizing a series provisional.
In the $10,000 to win weekend finale at Tyler County on Sunday,
the Frankfort, Illinois hotshoe ran second in his heat race and
drew the pole position for the 60-lapper before slipping back
to ninth at the checkers. Frankie now sits tenth in the latest
version of the WOOLMS point standings following the triple shot
of racing competition. Full results can be found online at www.woolms.com.
DRIVES CLANTON BACK-UP CAR AT SENOIA
15, 2016) In preparation of receiving his
new Capital racecar, Frank Heckenast, Jr. piloted Shane Clanton's
back-up Capital machine on Saturday evening, May 14 at Senoia
Raceway in Senoia, Georgia. The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing
Series (SAS) rolled into Senoia to preside over the 'Billy Clanton
Classic,' which boasted a $5,025 payday. Frankie timed in second
quickest in Group B during SAS qualifying, which locked him into
the outside of the second row for the start of the 50-lapper.
After moving up to as high as the second position, Frankie slipped
back to fifth at the checkers to finish behind only winner Shane
Clanton, Chase Junghans, Riley Hickman, and Richie Stevens. Full
results from last night at Senoia can be viewed online at www.sasdirt.com.
IN ACTION AT PONDEROSA & SMOKY MTN.
8, 2016) Heckenast Racing followed the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series trail to Ponderosa
Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky and Smoky Mountain Speedway
in Maryville, Tennessee over the May 6-7 weekend for a pair of
$10,000 to win programs. On Friday night at Ponderosa, Frank Heckenast,
Jr. finished seventh in his heat race, second in the B-Main, and
twentieth in the 50-lap headliner. At Smoky Mountain on Saturday
evening, Frankie ran eighth in both his heat race and his B-Main
before utilizing a provisional and placing twenty-first in the
final rundown of the caution-free 'Mountain Outlaw 50.' He now
sits eleventh in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings.
Full results can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
TEAM BACK ON OUTLAWS TRAIL IN TARHEEL STATE
1, 2016) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and the #99jr
team traveled to the Tarheel State on April 29-30 for $10,000
to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns
at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North Carolina and Fayetteville
Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On Friday night
at Gastonia, Frankie timed in eighth quickest in Group B during
qualifying prior to running second in heat race action. After
drawing the third starting spot before the start of the 50-lapper,
Frankie ran second early in the distance before eventually slipping
back to fourth in the rough and tumble feature to finish behind
only winner Josh Richards, Chub Frank, and Rick Eckert!
At Fayetteville on Saturday evening, another $10,000
top prize was on the line in front of a huge grandstand crowd.
Frankie finished seventh in his loaded heat race and eleventh
in the B-Main, which forced him to rely on a series provisional
to gain access into the 50-lap headliner. The Frankfort, Illinois
standout was then able to move up six spots during the A-Main
to salvage a seventeenth place performance. Frankie now finds
himself tenth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings
exiting the Tarheel State. Full results can be viewed online at
JR. SEVENTH IN HAWKEYE STATE CLASHES
17, 2016) The Heckenast Racing team ventured
to the Hawkeye State of Iowa on April 15-16 for a pair of MARS
DIRTcar Series and Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series co-sanctioned
duels. On Friday night at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa,
Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race prior to claiming
a steady seventh place effort in the $5,000 to win main event.
In the weekend finale on Saturday evening at 34 Raceway in West
Burlington, Iowa, a hefty $10,555 top prize was on the line annual
running of the 'Slocum 50.' Frankie finished third in heat race
action and later moved up to seventh in the 50-lap headliner.
Complete results can be obtained by clicking on www.cornbeltclash.com.
RACING TRAVELS TO DUCK RIVER...
10, 2016) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his
#99jr team followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series trail to the Volunteer State of Tennessee on Friday, April
8, as Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee played host
to a $10,000 to win showdown. Frankie clicked off the fifth quickest
lap in Group B during time trials and later grabbed the fourth
and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting
the 50-lap main event from the inside of the eighth row, Frankie
wound up finishing right where he started... in the fifteenth
Saturday's scheduled WOOLMS stop at Tazewell (TN)
Speedway was then canceled due to inclement weather. The Frankfort,
Illinois ace currently finds himself tenth in the latest version
of the national series point standings exiting Duck River Raceway
Park. Full results can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
TEAM TACKLES ILLINI 100 AT FARMER CITY
4, 2016) World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series action heated back up for the #99jr team on April
2-3 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, as the annual
running of the 'Illini 100' took place at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds
bullring. On Saturday night in the $6,000 to win weekend opener,
Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran sixth in his heat race and fifth in his
B-Main, but was later awarded a series provisional to gain access
into the 25-lap main event. During the course of the headliner,
Frankie was able to move past seven competitors on his way to
an eighteenth place effort.
At Farmer City on Sunday, a whopping $15,000 payday
was on the line in the finale of the 'Illini 100' weekend. Frankie
clicked off the sixth quickest lap in Group A during qualifying
prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his
loaded heat race. Unfortunately, the Frankfort, Illinois standout
ran into troubles during the 75-lap feature and wound up twenty-sixth
in the final finishing order. Frankie now sits tenth in the latest
version of the WOOLMS point standings. Full results can be obtained
by clicking on www.woolms.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)