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HECKENAST RACING TACKLES LUCAS OIL DOUBLE-DIP
(May 12, 2023) Heckenast Racing was in action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series over the May 10-11 weekend in the Land of Lincoln. On Friday night, the annual running of the 'Farmer City 74' drew 55 entrants to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois to vie for the $25,000 first place prize. Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed fourth in his stacked heat race prior to securing a victory in his B-Main. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then started nineteenth on the grid in the 74-lap headliner before ultimately being paid for a seventeenth place showing.

At Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, a whopping $30,000 payday was up for grabs in the 'FALS Spring Shootout.' With 47 competitors on hand at FALS, Frankie finished ninth in his loaded heat race and sixth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, those efforts kept him out of the 60-lapper that was eventually won by Devin Moran. Complete results from the doubleheader weekend can be found online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. EARNS TOP TEN IN QUINCY VISIT
(May 6, 2023) The lone event over the weekend for the Heckenast Racing team was a visit to Adams County Speedway in Quincy, Illinois on Sunday night, May 5. The Lucas Oil MLRA Series presided over a $5,000 to win shootout that drew 30 entrants to the western Illinois bullring. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock eighth quickest in Group B during qualifying before running second in heat race action. After starting eighth on the grid in the 40-lap main event, Frankie was able to steer his #99jr machine to a solid seventh place performance. Complete results from last night at Adams County Speedway can be viewed online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. CHARGES TO SIXTH AT PEORIA
(April 28, 2023) Over the rain-soaked weekend, Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team competed in one lone event on Saturday evening, April 27 at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. The MARS Late Model Championship tour presided over the 'Garry Swibold Memorial' and 36 competitors showed up to vie for the $5,098 first place prize money. Frankie laid down the twelfth quickest lap in Group B during the qualifying session before running sixth in his loaded heat race and third in his B-Main. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then roared past fifteen competitors during the 40-lap feature to finish in the sixth spot behind only winner Ryan Unzicker, Tommy Sheppard, Jr., Jake Little, Justin Duty, and Allen Weisser. Full results from last night at Peoria Speedway can be found online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com. (Josh James Artwork)

HECKENAST, JR. KICKS OFF SEASON IN ILLINI 100
(April 14, 2023) Frank Heckenast, Jr. officially lifted the lid to his 2024 campaign in the annual running of the 'Illini 100' on April 12-13 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series sanctioned the doubleheader weekend, which started on Friday with a $10,000 to win opener that drew 45 competitors. Piloting a #33 entry for car owner Mike Lampley, Frankie placed fifth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later finished twenty-second in the final rundown of the 40-lap feature.

A whopping $20,000 first place prize was then on the line on Saturday evening at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds facility. Frankie ran fifth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-third in the 60-lap headliner. Complete results from both season-opening battles in the Land of Lincoln can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. TRANSFERS INTO KNOXVILLE FINALE
(September 17, 2023) From September 12-16, the #99jr team competed in four nights of racing action in the states of Illinois and Iowa, which wrapped up their 2023 racing season. Up first was the 'One for the Road' show on Tuesday night at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, which was sanctioned by the Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series. Frank Heckenast, Jr. unfortunately missed out on the $23,023 to win main event after running eighth in his heat race and fourth in the B-Main.

The dirt-slinging competition then quickly shifted to the sprawling Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for the 19th edition of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals. In the pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs, Frankie was not able to find his way into the 25-lap features. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then rebounded on Saturday evening by earning the sixth and final transfer spot through the B-Main into the 75-lap crown jewel headliner, which boasted a whopping $50,000 first place prize. He was then an early retiree in the contest and was officially scored in the twenty-ninth finishing position. Complete results from both season-ending shows at FALS and Knoxville can be found online by visiting www.floseries.com and www.lucasdirt.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. RUNNER-UP IN $5,000 FAIRBURY SPECIAL!
(September 3, 2023) The Heckenast Racing team invaded both Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on September 1-2 for a pair of $5,000 to win MARS Championship Series showdowns. On Friday night at Farmer City, Frank Heckenast, Jr. encountered issues throughout the evening and ultimately placed twenty-first in the final finishing order of the 40-lap feature. Things went much smoother on Saturday evening at FALS, as Frankie timed in third quickest overall during qualifying, ran second in his heat race, and later vaulted up to second in the 40-lapper to finish an impressive runner-up behind only victor Jason Feger! Complete results from both Labor Day weekend specials can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK, JR. BLASTS TO SEVENTH IN QUAD CITIES 150 FINALE!
(August 27, 2023) The #99jr team ventured to the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa from August 24-26 for the annual running of the 'Quad Cities 150,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series. The triple shot in the Hawkeye State kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary showdowns. On Thursday night in the opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. finished fifth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and fourteenth in the 35-lap feature event. In Friday's similar program, Frankie placed second in his heat race, but trouble during the 35-lapper relegated him to nineteenth at the checkered flag.

At Davenport Speedway on Saturday, the conclusion of the 'Quad Cities 150' weekend took place and a whopping $30,000 first place prize was up for grabs. Frankie grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race and later started the 80-lap headliner from the outside of the eighth row. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then blasted past nine competitors during the contest to leave Davenport with a strong seventh place performance. Complete results from the action-packed weekend can be found online at www.woolms.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

HECKENAST FOURTH AT DAVENPORT; TRANSFERS INTO PDC
(July 30, 2023) A very busy week of Super Late Model racing took place from July 25-29 in the states of Iowa and Illinois. Things kicked off with a $10,000 to win MARS Championship Series contest - dubbed as the 'Hoker 50' - on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday night. Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race, started from the pole position in the 50-lap feature, and eventually finished fourth at the checkers behind only victor Drake Troutman, Garrett Alberson, and Jeff Larson!

Over the weekend at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois, the 33rd edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' was held and the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series biggie once again shelled out a $50,000 first place prize plus bonus lap money. Frankie laid down the second quickest lap in Group B during Friday's qualifying session prior to placing fifth in his 25-lap prelim feature behind only $5,000 winner Ricky Thornton, Jr., Hudson O'Neal, Chris Ferguson, and Mike Mataragas. After securing a B-Main triumph on Saturday evening, Frankie officially placed sixteenth in the final finishing order of the 100-lap PDC. Complete results from each of these races can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com and www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

SECOND WIN COMES IN JUNIOR KIMLER MEMORIAL!
(July 23, 2023) Frank Heckenast, Jr. claimed his second feature victory of the 2023 campaign on Friday night, July 21 in the 13th Annual 'Junior Kimler Memorial' at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! After setting Fast Time in qualifying and winning his heat race, Frankie grabbed the top spot on lap four of the DIRTcar Super Late Model main event and led the remainder of the 30-lap affair. At the checkers, Frankie was celebrating the $3,000 triumph ahead of runner-up Kevin Weaver, Jeff Larson, Rich Bell, and Kent Robinson!

On Saturday evening, July 22, the action quickly dipped south to Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. The MARS Championship Series presided over the inaugural running of the 'Tribute to Ed Dixon' and a $5,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Frankie also earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session prior to securing a heat race win. Unfortunately, the Frankfort, Illinois standout ran into issues on the opening circuit of the 40-lapper and was ultimately paid for a nineteenth place showing. Complete results from both weekend battles can be found online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.marsracingseries.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES NATIONAL FOES IN IOWA
(July 12, 2023) Following the big win at FALS on Saturday, the Heckenast Racing team was right back in competition on July 10-11 in the Hawkeye State of Iowa. In a $20,000 to win XR Super Series showdown on Monday night at Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, Iowa, Frank Heckenast, Jr. unfortunately missed out on the 50-lap main event after finishing fifth in his stacked heat race and ninth in his B-Main. Things went much smoother against the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series foes on Tuesday evening on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Frankie placed fifth in his loaded heat race before picking up a B-Main triumph and ultimately finishing seventeenth in the $10,000 to win headliner. Complete results from both midweek races can be accessed online by clicking on www.xrsuperseries.com and www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

HECKENAST WINS FOR FIRST TIME OF 2023 ON LAST LAP!
(July 9, 2023) Frank Heckenast, Jr. secured his first feature win of the 2023 campaign in exciting fashion on Saturday night, July 8 at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! In the unsanctioned 'Bob Harty Memorial,' Frankie timed in fifth quickest in qualifying at FALS before running second in his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the 38-lap main event, Frankie led laps 22-32 of the contest before sweeping around leader Dennis Erb, Jr. on the final circuit to land the $5,000 windfall. Finishing behind his #99jr at the checkers were Erb, Jr., Mike Mataragas, Mike Spatola, and Ryan Unzicker!

Earlier in the weekend, the Heckenast Racing team was in action with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Friday evening, July 7 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. Frankie stopped the clock ninth fastest in Group A during time trials prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then picked off a trio of competitors during the $10,000 to win headliner to leave with a solid tenth place showing. Complete results from both weekend races can be found online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

 

 

 

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