DECLARES INTENTIONS OF FOLLOWING WOOLMS
(January 8, 2015)
Frankfort, Illinois driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. announced
today that he once again has intentions of following the entire
World of Outlaws Late Model Series circuit in 2015! The 2014 WOOLMS
Rookie of the Year finished eighth in the final version of last
year's national point standings. The '15 campaign will start in
the Peach State with a doubleheader on February 6-7 at Screven
Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia. You can view the schedule
dates that Frankie released today by clicking on the TOUR
page of the website!
HECKENAST, JR. 2014 WOOLMS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
9, 2014) Frank Heckenast,
Jr. was officially crowned the 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model
Series Rookie of the Year over the November 6-8 weekend at the
pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina! The
8th Annual 'World of Outlaws World Finals' drew a stellar field
of 77 entrants to the 4/10-mile speedplant for the final two races
of the WOOLMS campaign. On Thursday night, Frankie laid down the
tenth fastest lap in Group B during the first round of qualifying
for Friday and the twentieth quickest time in Group A in the second
round for Saturday's show.
At the Charlotte-area facility on Friday evening,
Frankie was forced to utilize a series provisional to gain access
into the $12,000 to win main event after finishing eighth in his
heat race and tenth in his B-Main. After starting from the outside
of the thirteenth row in the 50-lapper, the Frankfort, Illinois
native wound up twentieth in the final rundown. In the series
finale on Saturday, Frankie ran fifth in his heat race, second
in his B-Main, and twenty-third in the $12,000 to win headliner,
which was contested in front of over 15,000 spectators. The 2014
Rookie of the Year also finished eighth in the final version of
the WOOLMS Championship point standings! Full results from the
season ending weekend can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
TRANSFERS INTO $50K DTWC AT PORTSMOUTH
20, 2014) The Heckenast
Racing team roared into Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth,
Ohio from October 17-19 for the 34th edition of the 'Dirt Track
World Championship.' A total of 89 competitors converged on the
south-central Ohio facility for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series finale, which once again boasted a hefty $50,000 top prize.
On Friday night, Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the thirteenth
fastest lap in Group B during the qualifying session prior to
bagging the third and final transfer spot through his heat race
behind only prelim winner Don O'Neal and runner-up Jason Feger.
Following a rain-out on Saturday evening, the remainder
of the DTWC program concluded at PRP on Sunday afternoon. Frankie
started the 100-lap grind from the outside of the seventh row
and hung around the top ten early in the distance. The Frankfort,
Illinois standout eventually retired from the 'Dirt Track World
Championship' and finished the daytime affair in the twenty-fourth
position. Complete results from Portsmouth can be accessed online
WOES SIDELINE HECKENAST IN UMP NAT'S
5, 2014) Frank Heckenast,
Jr. and his #99jr team invaded the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio on Saturday evening, October 4 for the annual running of
the 'UMP Nationals.' Frankie knocked down the seventh fastest
lap overall during the qualifying session and later scored the
win in heat race action. After running inside of the top ten early
in the $5,000 to win feature event, Frankie unfortunately blew
a radiator hose and retired from the 40-lapper in the twenty-seventh
position. Full results from last night's stop at the "Big
E" can be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
OF TOP TENS DURING KNOXVILLE NATIONALS!
28, 2014) The Heckenast
Racing Team and driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. rolled into the hallowed
grounds of Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on September 25-27
for the 11th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.'
The three-day crown jewel spectacular kicked off with a pair of
$7,000 to win preliminary programs at the 1/2-mile Marion County
fairgrounds speedplant. On Thursday night, Frankie finished third
in his heat race prior to placing ninth in the final rundown of
the 25-lap sprint. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Frankie won
his heat race in preliminary action and later advanced seven spots
during the 25-lapper en route to another ninth place performance.
By virtue of his impressive showing during the prelims,
Frankie locked himself into the inside of the seventh row for
the start of Saturday's 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.'
In front of a huge grandstand crowd and the television cameras
of the Lucas Oil Production Studios, the Frankfort, Illinois native
once again netted a top ten effort in the $40,000 to win weekend
finale. Frankie moved all the way up to sixth in the 100-lapper
and despite losing his brakes, he crossed underneath the checkers
in the eighth position. Complete results from Knoxville Raceway
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
OF FOURTHS FOR HECKENAST AT GRANITE CITY!
21, 2014) Frank Heckenast,
Jr. and his #99jr team bolted into Tri-City Speedway in Granite
City, Illinois on September 19-20 for a pair of $2,000 to win
UMP DIRTcar Series battles. On Friday night, Frankie won his heat
race and led early in the feature event prior to placing fourth
in the final finishing order behind only winner Randy Korte, Brandon
Sheppard, and Bobby Pierce. At Granite City on Saturday evening,
Frankie once again won his heat race in preliminary action before
nabbing another fourth place effort in the headliner behind only
victor Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, and Michael Kloos. Complete
results from both Granite City races can be obtained by clicking
HECKENAST, JR. SOLDIERS ON TO BERLIN TOP TEN
14, 2014) The Heckenast
Racing team returned to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series
trail on September 12-13 in the 3rd Annual 'Down & Dirty 100'
at the dirt-covered Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Following
a rain-out of Friday's $8,000 to win program, the track promoters
decided to up Saturday's single-day showdown to pay $15,000 to
the winner. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the second quickest
lap in Group A during qualifying and later scored an impressive
win in heat race action. After drawing the third starting position
prior to the drop of the green flag in the 65-lap feature event,
Frankie ran towards the front early in the distance before pitting
on a couple of different occasions due to the rough racing surface.
At the end of the rugged race, the Frankfort, Illinois ace found
himself in the ninth finishing position. Complete results from
the rain-shortened 'Down & Dirty 100' weekend at Berlin can
be found online at www.woolms.com.
ENTERS 44TH ANNUAL WORLD 100 AT ELDORA
7, 2014) Frank Heckenast,
Jr. and the Heckenast Race Team roared into the hallowed grounds
of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 4-6 for the
44th edition of the 'World 100.' Things kicked off at the "Big
E" on Thursday and Friday with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary
programs, each of which paid $5,000 to the winner. On Thursday
night, Frankie ran second in his heat race and later vaulted up
to fifth in his 25-lap feature to finish behind only winner Jimmy
Owens, Kent Robinson, Tim McCreadie, and Chris Madden. At Eldora
on Friday evening, Frankie finished fourth in his heat race, second
in his B-Main, and seventeenth in the 25-lapper.
When Saturday rolled around at the 1/2-mile, high-banked
speedplant, all eyes were fixated on the prestigious globe trophy
and the hefty $47,000 winner's check. Frankie did not have the
success that he had hoped for on Saturday, as he placed eighth
in his heat race, ninth in his B-Main, and fourth in his B-Scramble.
Unfortunately, the Frankfort, Illinois ace was forced to watch
the 'World 100' from the infield instead of competing in the 100-lap
grind. Full results from Eldora Speedway can be viewed online
TEAM FOLLOWS OUTLAWS TRAIL TO PENNSYLVANIA
1, 2014) The #99jr
team spent their Labor Day holiday weekend in Pennsylvania, as
a trio of World of Outlaws Late Model Series events were held
in the Keystone State from August 29-31. On Friday night at Lernerville
Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked
down the fifth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying and later
finished second in heat race action. After drawing the fourth
starting spot prior to the start of the $10,000 to win feature
event, Frankie eventually wound up seventh in the final rundown
of the 50-lap race.
Next up was a trip to Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove,
Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of big shows. On
Saturday, Frankie placed third in his heat race, but ran into
problems at the start of the $8,000 to win main event. He did
not complete a lap and was placed twenty-fourth in the final finishing
order. In Sunday's weekend finale at Selinsgrove, which boasted
a $10,000 top prize, Frankie finished fifth in his heat race,
won his consolation race, and later wound up twentieth in the
50-lap headliner. Full results from the holiday triple shot can
be viewed online at www.woolms.com.