FRANKIE CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH PAIR OF TOP TENS
(October 18, 2020) The #99jr team wrapped up their version of the 2020 racing season over the October 16-17 weekend in the final two Lucas Oil MLRA Series contests at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. In Friday night's $5,000 to win opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race and wound up finishing eighth in the 30-lap sprint. At the St. Louis-area venue on Saturday in the $7,000 to win finale, Frankie placed third in his loaded heat race before climbing to sixth in the 40-lap feature event to trail only victor Billy Moyer, Bobby Pierce, Ryan Gustin, Tony Jackson, Jr., and Chad Simpson.

Thank you to all our fans, sponsors, crew, and family for our great 2020 season. We really appreciate every person involved in our program. Heckenast Racing looks forward to returning next year stronger then ever. See you in 2021! Complete results from the season-ending weekend can be located online at www.mlraracing.com. (Fast Track Photos)

PAIR OF TOP TENS FOR HECKENAST, JR. IN MARS ACTION
(October 12, 2020) The Heckenast Racing team competed in a MARS Racing Series triple shot in their home state of Illinois from October 9-11, as high-profile events were held at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois, Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, and LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois. On Friday night at Peoria in the $5,000 to win opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. set a New Track Record during qualifying before running second in his heat race and seventh in the 40-lap feature. At Fairbury on Saturday evening in the annual 'FALS Frenzy,' which boasted a $15,000 payday, Frankie placed third in his loaded heat race, but suffered a left rear flat tire and eventually retired with damage in the twentieth position.

In the weekend finale on Sunday at LaSalle, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs for those racing with the MARS tour. Frankie clicked off the quickest lap overall during qualifying prior to running second in heat race action. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then rolled off from the outside of the third row in the 50-lapper and eventually finished right where he started... in the sixth spot. Complete results from all three weekend battles can be located online at www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FIFTH WIN FOR HECKENAST, JR. COMES AT GRANITE CITY!
(September 27, 2020) On the undercard of the annual 'Summit Mod Mania,' Frank Heckenast, Jr. secured his fifth triumph of the 2020 racing season on Friday night, September 25 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois! Frankie timed in second fastest in his group during qualifying before claiming a victory in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 30-lap main event, Frankie grabbed the point on the 22nd circuit and drove to the $2,500 victory over Tim Manville, Jason Feger, Rusty Schlenk, and Ryan Unzicker!

A $3,000 top prize was then on the line on Saturday evening, September 26 at Tri-City Speedway in the weekend finale. Frankie clicked off the fastest time in his group during qualifying prior to finishing second in his loaded heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then started and finished fourth in the 30-lapper behind only race winner Tim Manville, Jason Feger, and Rusty Schlenk. Complete results from both weekend battles at the St. Louis-area oval can be accessed online at www.tricityspeedway.net. (STL Racing Photos)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. FOURTH IN $15,000 FALS SPECIAL!
(September 20, 2020) The #99jr team was busy from September 15-19 in the states of Illinois and Nebraska, as a total of four special events were held at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois and I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Things started on Tuesday night at FALS in a DIRTcar Racing showdown dubbed as 'One for the Road,' which paid out $15,000 to the winner. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the seventh fastest lap in Group B during the qualifying session before grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. Frankie then made a late race charge in the 50-lap feature to finish a close fourth behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, and Bobby Pierce!

Next up was a trip west to I-80 Speedway for a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs that made up the 'I-80 Nationals.' On Thursday in the Cornhusker State, Frankie placed third in his heat race and sixteenth in the $7,000 to win main event. Another $7,000 top prize was then on the line on Friday, as Frankie finished fourth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and nineteenth in the 30-lapper. After grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his B-Main on Saturday evening to transfer into the $30,000 to win 'I-80 Nationals' finale, the Frankfort, Illinois standout retired from the mega-event in the thirtieth finishing position. Full results from the lucrative four-race week can be viewed by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

#99JR TEAM ADVANCES INTO $50K INTERCONTINENTAL CLASSIC
(September 13, 2020) Heckenast Racing made the trek to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 10-12 for the 'Intercontinental Classic,' which was a fan-less event that took the place of the annual 'World 100.' The three-day weekend kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. unfortunately suffered motor woes early in the show and was forced to scratch from the remainder of the prelim. At the "Big E" on Friday evening in a similar showdown, Frankie placed fifth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later moved up to fifteenth in the final finishing order of the 30-lap feature.

At Eldora Speedway on Saturday, a whopping $50,000 windfall was on the line in the 'Intercontinental Classic' finale. Frankie finished fifth in his stacked heat race prior to grabbing the second transfer spot through his B-Main. After rolling off from the inside of the eleventh row in the 67-lap headliner, the Frankfort, Illinois ace worked his way past seven competitors en route to a fourteenth place showing. Complete results from the action-packed weekend in the Buckeye State can be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. RUNNER-UP AT FAIRBURY!!
(September 6, 2020) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team headed to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois from September 3-5 for a trio of MARS Racing Series throwdowns. On Thursday night in the $5,000 to win opener at Farmer City, Frankie ran fourth in his loaded heat race prior to advancing up to sixth in the 40-lap feature event. At Farmer City on Friday evening in the 'Farmer City 74' finale, which also boasted a $5,000 payday, Frankie placed third in his heat race and seventh in the A-Main.

The tripleheader weekend finale for Heckenast Racing concluded on Saturday at Fairbury Speedway with a $10,000 to win contest. Frankie secured a heat race triumph in preliminary action and later ran up front throughout the 50-lapper. The Frankfort, Illinois ace, who is the current MARS point leader, finished a close runner-up at FALS behind only victor Bobby Pierce! Complete results from the Labor Day holiday weekend can be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. LANDS ON PODIUM IN PEORIA OPENER!
(August 30, 2020) A very busy month of August for Heckenast Racing wrapped up over the August 28-29 weekend with a pair of $5,000 to win MARS Racing Series tilts at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. On Friday night in the weekend lid lifter, Frank Heckenast, Jr. won his heat race in preliminary action and traded the lead early in the 50-lap main event after starting on the pole. The Frankfort, Illinois ace eventually wound up third at the checkered flag behind only winner Brian Shirley and runner-up Ryan Gustin. In Saturday's weekend finale, which also carried a $5,000 paycheck, Frankie placed fourth in his loaded heat race and twelfth in the 50-lapper. Complete results from both weekend races at Peoria can be viewed online at www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST RACING CLOSES OUT HELL TOUR STRONG!
(August 22, 2020) The 2020 edition of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Series concluded earlier tonight with a visit to Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan! Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in third fastest in his group during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fifth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the $10,000 to win grand finale from the inside of the eighth row, Frankie was able to pick off seven competitors on the primarily one-groove oval to end the "Hell Tour" with a steady eighth place performance. The Frankfort, Illinois standout wound up second in the final series point standings behind only Champion Brian Shirley!

(August 21, 2020) Fresh off a pair of big wins this week on the "Hell Tour," Heckenast Racing entered the penultimate event of the 2020 DIRTcar Summer Nationals tonight at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock second fastest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to picking up another heat race victory. After drawing the pole position for the 50-lap main event, Frankie looked like he had the car to beat once again, as he led the first 43 laps of the $10,000 to win contest. However, he faded late in the distance and wound up fourth in the final finishing order behind only race winner Dona Marcoullier, Rusty Schlenk, and Ryan Gustin.

(August 20, 2020) For the third time on the 2020 DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour, Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team stood tall in victory lane to collect a $5,000 paycheck! Frankie clicked off the third fastest lap in Group B during the time trial session at Thunderbird Raceway prior to recording a heat race triumph at the Muskegon, Michigan oval. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then drew the outside of the front row for the 40-lap main event and survived heavy lapped traffic at times to lead each and every circuit. Frankie secured his fifth career "Hell Tour" victory by besting Ryan Gustin, Dona Marcoullier, Brian Shirley, and Brandon Thirlby! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(August 19, 2020) Following the big win last night, the Heckenast Racing team ventured north to Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Michigan for tonight's first-ever visit by the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the third quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session at the 3/8-mile oval and later ran third in his loaded heat race. After starting the 30-lap main event from the inside of the fourth row, Frankie was not able to move up - with passing at a severe premium - and the Frankfort, Illinois standout wound up seventh in the final finishing order of the $5,000 to win affair.

(August 18, 2020) Frank Heckenast, Jr. started out the final week on the 2020 DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour in dominant fashion, as he swept the entire show tonight at the nearby Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois to land his second "Hell Tour" win of the season! Frankie earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session and later secured a heat race triumph after falling back to as far as fourth. After redrawing the pole position for the 40-lap main event, Frankie led every lap of the contest and beat the field by 6.857 seconds to record the $5,000 top prize ahead of Jason Feger, Ryan Gustin, Rusty Schlenk, and Travis Stemler! (Terry Page Photo)

(August 16, 2020) A hectic week for Frank Heckenast, Jr. across the states of Illinois and Missouri wrapped up tonight at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois. Frankie earned Fast Time honors overall during the time trial session and later secured an impressive heat race triumph. After starting the $5,000 to win main event from the outside of the front row, Frankie led laps 16-31 of the 40-lapper before settling for a close runner-up finish behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard!

(August 15, 2020) The annual "Hell Tour" took the Heckenast Racing team to Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri tonight for another $10,000 to win throwdown. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock third quickest in Group A during the qualifying session before landing the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then steered past five competitors during the 50-lap main event to leave the St. Louis-area oval with a strong fourth place effort behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, and Shannon Babb!

(August 14, 2020) Next up for the #99jr team was a trip to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois, as a $10,000 payday greeted those running with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in seventh quickest in Group A during qualifying and later ran second in his heat race. Despite getting involved in a tangle during the 50-lap feature, Frankie rallied from the tail to salvage a hard-fought fourth place showing behind only race winner Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, and Dennis Erb, Jr.!

(August 13, 2020) A visit to mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois greeted Heckenast Racing today, as a $5,000 winner's check was up for grabs tonight at the 1/5-mile oval in the annual 'Herald & Review 100.' Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the second fastest lap in his group during qualifying, placed fifth in his loaded heat race, and later wound up eleventh in the final finishing order of the 100-lap headliner.

(August 12, 2020) Another $5,000 top prize was on the line tonight in a second DIRTcar Summer Nationals battle at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the fourth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying and won his heat race before leading several different times during the action-packed 40-lap feature. At the checkers at FALS, Frankie was credited with a strong third place podium performance behind only victor Brian Shirley and runner-up Brandon Sheppard!

(August 11, 2020) The #99jr team rolled into Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois tonight for a $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" showdown. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in second fastest in his group during qualifying and won his heat race in preliminary action. After starting the 40-lap main event from the outside of the front row, Frankie wound up slipping to fourth in the caution-free race, as he trailed only winner Brandon Sheppard, Jeremiah Hurst, and Brian Shirley.

(August 10, 2020) Severe thunderstorms with strong winds, heavy rain, and downed power lines in the area have forced DIRTcar Racing and track officials to cancel tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals tilt at the Bullring at RICo Fairgrounds in East Moline, Illinois. A rain date for the $5,000 to win battle, which was scheduled to restart the back half of the "Hell Tour" grind, was not immediately announced by series officials. Next up will be a visit to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois on Tuesday night, August 11!

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. TRANSFERS INTO USA NATIONALS
(August 9, 2020) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and Heckenast Racing stayed in the Badger State from August 6-8 to compete in the 33rd Annual 'USA Nationals' weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. On Thursday night in the $6,000 to win weekend opener, which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Frankie timed in twelfth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session before grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the eighth row in the 30-lap sprint, Frankie was eventually scored in the twenty-first position in the Cedar Lake lid lifter.

At CLS on Friday evening in the double set of qualifying heat races, Frankie finished sixth in his first heat race of the night, while he secured a victory in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the tenth most passing points during preliminary action, the Frankfort, Illinois native rolled off from the outside of the fifth row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel headliner. With $50,000 on the line in the 'USA Nationals,' Frankie fought valiantly to stay inside of the top ten, but with front end damage to his #99jr machine, he eventually wound up fifteenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from the lucrative weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

HECKENAST, JR. STARTS STRONG AT BEAVER DAM...
(August 5, 2020) With the DIRTcar Summer Nationals taking a brief hiatus, Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team took the opportunity to trek north with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series to Beaver Dam Raceway to compete in a $10,000 to win program on Tuesday night, August 4. Frankie stopped the clock second fastest in Group B during the qualifying session at the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin oval prior to running second in his loaded heat race. After redrawing the fifth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap headliner, Frankie had his sights set on a good run in the Badger State. Unfortunately, problems on his #99jr ride during the main event caused the Frankfort, Illinois ace to wind up twentieth in the final finishing order. Complete results from last night at Beaver Dam Raceway can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

HECKENAST RACING STARTS OUT ON SUMMER NATIONALS
(July 30, 2020) The DIRTcar Summer Nationals was rained out yet again at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois earlier today. Preliminary action for the $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" battle was completed back on July 9, but two attempt since have yielded nothing but rain. A date for the fourth attempt to complete this show will be announced soon by series officials.

(July 29, 2020) After a few days off from the Summer Nationals grind, Frank Heckenast, Jr. competed for the $5,000 top prize tonight in the reopening of LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois. Frankie timed in fifth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After starting the 40-lap main event from the inside of the sixth row, Frankie was able to move up four positions during the contest to land in the seventh finishing position.

(July 26, 2020) A rare doubleheader on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour was capped off earlier tonight at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee with a $5,000 to win throwdown. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the fastest lap overall during the qualifying session to earn Fast Time honors and later secured a heat race triumph. After drawing the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap main event, Frankie ran as high as second in the contest before eventually winding up third at the checkers behind only victor Dennis Erb, Jr. and runner-up Brian Shirley!

(July 25, 2020) Following a long overnight haul to Clarksville, Tennessee, Frank Heckenast, Jr. vied for another $10,000 top prize tonight at Clarksville Speedway. Frankie posted the fourth fastest time in his group during qualifying prior to placing fourth in his loaded heat race. During the course of the 50-lapper, Frankie steered his #99jr machine past eight competitors en route to a stellar third place podium performance behind only race winner Brian Shirley and runner-up Dennis Erb, Jr.!

(July 24, 2020) A night after their big win at Springfield, the #99jr team rolled into Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri tonight for another "Hell Tour" battle, which boasted a $10,000 payday. Frank Heckenast, Jr. earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session before running second in his heat race. After starting the 40-lap main event from the outside of the second row, Frankie wound up fourth in the final finishing order behind only victor Brian Shirley, Jesse Stovall, and Billy Moyer!

(July 23, 2020) The Heckenast Racing team secured their first DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumph of 2020 tonight at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Missouri! Making his first-ever start at Springfield, Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in fourth fastest in his group during qualifying before placing fourth in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lap contest from the inside of the sixth row, Frankie worked the bottom groove of the Show-Me State oval to perfection in picking off car after car until blasting past leader Brian Shirley on lap 25. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then went on to lead the remainder of the feature distance to pocket the $5,000 winner's check for his third career "Hell Tour" victory over Mason Oberkramer, Brian Shirley, Jesse Stovall, and Dennis Erb, Jr.! (STL Racing Photos)

(July 21, 2020) Overnight rain and forecasts for additional thunderstorms today have forced another postponement of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals event at Peoria Speedway. The completion of the July 9 program at the Peoria, Illinois oval will now be held on July 30.

(July 19, 2020) A hectic week on the "Hell Tour" for Heckenast Racing wrapped up today with a trip to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. Frank Heckenast, Jr. laid down the quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session prior to securing a heat race triumph at the sprawling oval. Frankie then started from the pole position and ran second in the rain-shortened main event behind only $5,000 victor Bobby Pierce!

(July 18, 2020) A $10,250 payday was up for grabs earlier tonight on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals circuit at Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock second quickest in Group A during qualifying before running second in his heat race. During the course of the 50-lapper, Frankie was involved in a multi-car tangle and eventually wound up ninth in the final finishing order of the 'Aggressive 50.'

(July 17, 2020) Next up was a $10,000 to win throwdown with the "Hell Tour" at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the seventh fastest lap in his group during qualifying tonight at the 1/4-mile bullring and later grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race. Frankie then worked his way past six racecars during the 50-lap headliner on his way to a sterling third place podium finish behind only race winner Brian Shirley and runner-up Shannon Babb!

(July 16, 2020) A trip to Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois was next on the racing calendar for the Heckenast Racing team tonight, as another $5,000 top prize was on the line on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran fifth in his heat race prior to finishing third in the B-Main. After rolling off from the inside of the tenth row in the 40-lapper, Frankie picked off thirteen competitors en route to a solid sixth place effort.

(July 15, 2020) Tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdown at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois was rained-out and the $5,000 to win program was rescheduled for Wednesday, July 29.

(July 14, 2020) Following a day off, the #99jr team rolled into Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana today for a $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" show. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in third quickest in his group during qualifying before running second in his heat race. Frankie then started the 40-lapper from the outside of the second row and had climbed up to into the second spot before he was put into the wall by Bobby Pierce. The dejected Frankfort, Illinois driver was relegated to a disappointing seventeenth place performance at the Hoosier State oval.

(July 12, 2020) Strong Saturday night storms in Illinois left unfavorable track conditions for tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals battle at the Bullring at RICo Fairgrounds in East Moline, Illinois. No make-up date was immediately announced, but track and series officials plan to find a suitable make-up date for the $5,000 to win event.

(July 11, 2020) Another $10,000 top prize was on the line tonight on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the second quickest time in Group B during qualifying before securing an impressive win in his heat race. After starting from the pole position in the 50-lap headliner, Frankie ran in the second spot in the early stages of the race. At the checkers; however, the Frankfort, Illinois standout found himself seventh in the final rundown.

(July 10, 2020) Next up on the "Hell Tour" grind was a $10,000 to win event tonight at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified eighth quickest in Group A during time trials and had a strong run going in his heat race until mistaking the white flag for the checkered and winding up sixth in the prelim. Frankie eventually utilized a provisional, pitted after a first-lap caution, and rallied through the field to salvage a respectable eighth place effort in the 40-lap contest.

(July 9, 2020) The second leg of the annual "Hell Tour" took the #99jr team to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois tonight for another $5,000 to win program. Frank Heckenast, Jr., who was celebrating his birthday with a ton of family in the pit area, timed in fourth fastest in his group during qualifying before finishing third in his heat race. Frankie was then scheduled to start seventh on the grid in the 40-lapper, but heavy rain pushed back the consolation event and the A-Main to Tuesday, July 21.

(July 8, 2020) Frank Heckenast, Jr. kicked off his 2020 DIRTcar Summer Nationals journey earlier tonight at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. The annual running of the 'Hoosier Dirt Classic' paid $5,000 to the winner and drew a 22 car field to the 1/4-mile oval. Frankie laid down the fourth quickest time in his group during the qualifying session and later climbed to third in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the fourth row in the 40-lap main event, Frankie picked off a couple of competitors on his way to a steady sixth place showing in the lid lifter behind only race winner Tyler Erb, Bobby Pierce, Mike Marlar, Allen Weisser, and Kyle Bronson.

 

 

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