HECKENAST, JR. A CLOSE RUNNER-UP IN SEASON FINALE!
(October 17, 2021) Following a rain-out on Friday night, the Heckenast Racing team and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series both wrapped up their 2021 season on Saturday evening, October 16 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. The show last night at the St. Louis-area oval drew a 25 car field to vie for the $7,000 paycheck. Frank Heckenast, Jr. laid down the third quickest time overall during the qualifying session before claiming a strong second place finish in his loaded heat race. Frankie then vaulted past four competitors during the 40-lapper to finish a close runner-up behind only feature victor Brian Shirley! Full results from the season finale at Tri-City Speedway can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. WINS CAREER HIGH $15,000 AT FALS!!!
(October 10, 2021) Frank Heckenast, Jr., of Frankfort, Illinois, claimed the richest win of his career on Saturday evening, October 9 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Frankie qualified well and later won his heat race in preliminary action to earn the rights to the outside of the second row for the start of the annual 'FALS Frenzy.' He then methodically worked his way towards the front of the stellar field during the caution-free feature and eventually grabbed the point from leader Gordy Gundaker on the 34th circuit. Frankie stretched out his lead during the remainder of the 50-lapper and crossed the finish line first at FALS to pocket the $15,000 payday ahead of a top five that included runner-up Brandon Sheppard, Gordy Gundaker, Ryan Unzicker, and Tanner English! Complete results from last night at Fairbury Speedway can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. SHOWS CONSISTENT SPEED AT KNOXVILLE
(September 19, 2021) Next up on the racing calendar for the Heckenast Racing team was a visit to the historic Knoxville Raceway from September 16-18 for the 17th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel extravaganza at the Knoxville, Iowa speedplant started with a pair of preliminary programs - each of which boasted a $7,000 winner's check. Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race on Thursday night prior to placing eleventh in the 25-lap feature. In the Hawkeye State on Friday evening, Frankie secured a heat race victory before knocking down a solid tenth place effort in the 25-lapper.

At the 1/2-mile oval on Saturday, all eyes were focused on the conclusion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie, as a whopping $50,000 paycheck was up for grabs. By virtue of racking up the fifteenth highest point total during preliminary action, Frankie earned the rights to the inside of the eighth row for the start of the 100-lap headliner. During the course of the century-long grind, the Frankfort, Illinois ace fought hard for a top ten showing before winding up eleventh in the final finishing order of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' Complete results from Knoxville Raceway can be accessed online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES FOR TOP TEN IN FALS SPECIAL
(September 14, 2021) A special Monday night showdown greeted the #99jr team on September 13 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. The Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series schedule fired back up last night at FALS and the event dubbed as 'One for the Road' shelled out a $15,000 paycheck. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock tenth fastest overall during the qualifying session before placing third in his loaded heat race. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the fourth row and getting caught up in an early tangle, Frankie was able to rebound to salvage a ninth place performance. Complete results from Fairbury Speedway can be located by pointing your web browser to www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST RECORDS TOP TEN IN 50TH ANNUAL WORLD 100!
(September 12, 2021) The Heckenast Racing team and driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. made their way to the Buckeye State from September 8-11 for the double 'World 100s' held at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The 51st edition of the "Granddaddy of Them All" started on Wednesday night with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary events - each of which paid $10,000 to the winner. Frankie started off his busy week by finishing sixth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twentieth in his 25-lap feature event. At Eldora on Thursday in the crown jewel extravaganza, Frankie ran fifth in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main before winning the B-Scramble and winding up twenty-second in the final rundown of the $54,000 to win headliner.

On Friday evening at the "Big E," the 50th Annual 'World 100' got underway with $10,000 to win Twin 25s. Frankie grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race before placing twelfth in his 25-lap sprint. In Saturday's lucrative 'World 100,' which shelled out a $53,000 top prize, the Frankfort, Illinois native finished seventh in his heat race before claiming the third and final transfer spot through his B-Main. Frankie then blasted past fifteen competitors during the 100-lap grind to leave Eldora Speedway with a strong tenth place performance in the 'World 100.' Complete results from the storied 1/2-mile oval can be located by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. SALVAGES SEVENTH AT FALS
(September 5, 2021) The lone event for the #99jr team over the hectic Labor Day racing weekend came on Saturday, September 4 at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. The annual running of the 'FALS Super Nationals' took place last night at FALS and the MARS Racing Series special paid out $10,000 to the winner. Frank Heckenast, Jr. earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session prior to securing the victory in his heat race. After starting the 50-lap feature from the pole position and leading the first seven circuits, Frankie was unfortunately involved in a lap 25 skirmish and had to fight his way back from the tail. The Frankfort, Illinois standout eventually placed seventh in the final finishing order of the 'FALS Super Nationals.' Complete results from last night can be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com.

HECKENAST, JR. ON PODIUM IN QUAD CITIES 150 OPENER!
(August 29, 2021) The inaugural running of the 'Quad Cities 150' took place from August 26-28 and brought the Heckenast Racing team to Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa for the three-day World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series show. Things kicked off in the Hawkeye State with a pair of $10,000 to win throwdowns. Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed second in his heat race on Thursday night before advancing past four competitors during the 40-lap opener en route to a sterling third place podium performance behind only winner Devin Moran and runner-up Bobby Pierce. In a similar program on Friday evening, Frankie finished second in his heat race and eighth in the 40-lapper.

On Saturday, a whopping $30,000 paycheck was up for grabs in the 'Quad Cities 150' grand finale. For the third straight night, Frankie ran second in his loaded heat race and later rolled off from the inside of the third row in the 70-lap headliner. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then fought for a top five spot early in the distance before winding up ninth at the unfurling of the checkered flag. Complete results from each of these three races can be found by logging onto www.woolms.com.

PAIR OF STRONG FINISHES FOR HECKENAST, JR. IN MICHIGAN!
(August 21, 2021) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team headed to the Wolverine State on August 19-20 for a pair of DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdowns. On Thursday night in a $5,000 to win program at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan, Frankie ran second in his heat race and later climbed two spots during the 40-lapper en route to a strong fourth place effort behind only race winner Devin Moran, Tanner English, and Ashton Winger. At Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan on Friday evening, a $10,000 top prize was on the line in the penultimate event on the "Hell Tour." The Frankfort, Illinois ace won his heat race, led the first eighteen circuits of the 40-lap contest, and eventually wound up third at the checkers behind only victor Ashton Winger and runner-up Devin Moran. Full results from both Summer Nationals races can be found online by clicking on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES TO USA NATIONALS TOP TEN
(August 8, 2021) Next up for the Heckenast Racing team was a visit to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway on August 5-7 for the 34th Annual 'USA Nationals.' The crown jewel extravaganza, which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, kicked off at the New Richmond, Wisconsin oval on Thursday with a $6,000 to win shootout. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the twelfth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to grabbing the third and final transfer spot through his loaded heat race. In the 30-lap main event, which was pushed back to late Friday afternoon due to rain showers, Frankie was an early retiree and was officially placed twenty-third in the final rundown.

Later on Friday at Cedar Lake, Frankie finished second in his first heat race of the night, while he wound up eighth in his final prelim. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then nabbed the third transfer spot through his B-Main on Saturday evening to earn the twenty-first starting position in the $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals.' After slowing to draw a lap 53 caution flag, Frankie battled back to claim a hard-fought tenth place effort in the attrition-filled, 100-lap headliner. Full results from the 'USA Nationals' weekend can be located online at www.woolms.com.

HECKENAST, JR. FIFTH IN FALS PRELIM; ADVANCES INTO PDC
(August 1, 2021) The #99jr team closed out a busy month of July on July 30-31 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series once again sanctioned the annual running of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' and 74 competitors piled into the pit area to do battle for the whopping $50,000 winner's check. At FALS on Friday night, Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the fifteenth quickest lap in Group A during qualifying before streaking up to fifth in his 25-lap qualifying feature to finish fifth behind only $3,000 victor Ryan Gustin, Shannon Babb, Chris Madden, and Chris Simpson.

When Saturday evening rolled around in the Land of Lincoln, Frankie secured a B-Main triumph and later rolled off from the inside of the ninth row in the 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' The Frankfort, Illinois ace tried to move forward early in the 100-lap affair before ultimately being paid for a twenty-second place performance. Full results from the lucrative PDC weekend can be obtained by accessing www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. NABS TOP FIVE IN I-80 OPENER!
(July 25, 2021) Heckenast Racing trekked west to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 20-24 for a lucrative stretch of racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Things kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary shows leading into the 'I-80 Nationals.' Frank Heckenast, Jr. started and finished fifth in Tuesday's 30-lap opener behind only winner Brandon Overton, Hudson O'Neal, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Kyle Bronson, but unfortunately got caught up in a B-Main wreck on Wednesday and missed out on the night's 30-lapper. By virtue of racking up the ninth most points in preliminary action, Frankie rolled off from the inside of the fifth row in the 53-lap headliner on Thursday. The Frankfort, Illinois ace wound up finishing seventeenth in the $30,000 to win 'I-80 Nationals.'

Over the weekend at the Cornhusker State venue, a whopping $53,000 top prize was up for grabs in the annual running of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' In the double set of heat races on Friday, Frankie finished third in his first heat race before placing sixth in his final prelim of the night. He then grabbed the second transfer spot through his B-Main on Saturday to earn the outside of the eleventh row for the start of the 80-lap grand finale. Frankie eventually recorded a nineteenth place performance in the crown jewel extravaganza. Full results from the last five days can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.

HECKENAST RACING LANDS IN WOOLMS VICTORY LANE AGAIN!
(July 19, 2021) Frankfort, Illinois standout Frank Heckenast, Jr. continued his recent hot streak with another $10,000 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph on Saturday night, July 17 at I-94 Sure Step Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota! After timing in seventh fastest overall during qualifying and running second in his heat race, Frankie drew the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap main event. From there, he set sail by leading each and every circuit to wire the field to collect the five-figure payday ahead of Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Bruening, Chris Madden, and Ryan Gustin!

In other action with the Outlaws last week, the Heckenast Racing team found themselves in competition in similar $10,000 to win shootouts at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin, River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin. On Tuesday at Superior, Frankie ran fourth in his heat race, but a tangle on lap 30 of the headliner dropped him to a seventeenth place showing. At River Cities on Friday, Frankie moved past five competitors in the feature to knock down a solid sixth place showing. In the finale on Sunday at Red Cedar, Frankie unfortunately suffered motor issues at the start of the A-Main and was forced to retire in the twenty-fourth spot. Complete results from each of these four races can be accessed by logging onto www.woolms.com. (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. WINS $10,000 JACKSON OPENER!!!
(July 11, 2021) Frank Heckenast, Jr., celebrating his 33rd birthday in perfect fashion, picked up his second career World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph on Friday night, July 9 at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota! Frankie timed in fifth fastest overall during the qualifying session before running second in heat race action. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then drew the pole position for the 40-lap shootout and was in position to take advantage of race-long leader Cade Dillard's trouble to inherit the point on lap 28. Frankie then led the final thirteen circuits to bag the $10,000 top prize over a top five that consisted of runner-up Brandon Sheppard, Ryan Gustin, Chris Madden, and Brent Larson!

In the second night of the Jackson Motorplex doubleheader on Saturday, a $20,000 winner's check was up for grabs for the cars and stars racing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series tour. Frankie once again clicked off the fifth quickest lap during qualifying before running second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the second row in the 50-lap grand finale, Frankie moved up to second late in the contest to land in the runner-up spot behind only victor Dennis Erb, Jr.! Full results from the weekend in the Gopher State can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

 

 

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