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)
JR. ON PODIUM IN $15K THAW BRAWL!
27, 2016) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his
#99jr team rolled into LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on
March 25-26 for the two-day 'Thaw Brawl' extravaganza. The MARS
DIRTcar Series, Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series, and American
Late Model Series tri-sanctioned the doubleheader weekend, which
kicked off on Friday night with a $5,000 to win program. Frankie
won his heat race and later started the 50-lap main event from
the inside of the second row. The Frankfort, Illinois standout
then apparently finished on the podium in the third position,
but was relegated to a disappointing twenty-fourth place effort
after weighing in light at the scales in post-race inspection.
On Saturday evening, a whopping $15,000 top prize
was on the line in the 'Thaw Brawl' weekend finale at the 1/4-mile
bullring. Frankie once again won his heat race in preliminary
action prior to starting the 75-lapper from the pole position.
He then ran amongst the leaders throughout the race before winding
up third behind only race winner Brian Shirley and runner-up Bobby
Pierce. Complete results from the 'Thaw Brawl' can be accessed
online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
NATIONALS RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK
20, 2016) Tonight marked the finale of
both the 'DIRTcar Nationals' and "Speedweeks 2016" for
the #99jr team, as another $10,000 windfall was on the line with
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series at Volusia (FL)
Speedway Park. Frank Heckenast, Jr. finished fifth in heat race
action, but later scored the victory in his B-Main to transfer
into the night's 50-lap 'DIRTcar Nationals' finale. Frankie, who
emerged from the Sunshine State eighth in WOOLMS points, climbed
up seven positions during the A-Main to wrap up "Speedweeks
2016" with a thirteenth place showing.
19, 2016) The penultimate event of the
'DIRTcar Nationals' took place tonight at Volusia Speedway Park
in Barberville, Florida and Frank Heckenast, Jr. was among the
entrants gunning for the $10,000 top prize. Frankie ran seventh
in his heat race and third in his B-Main, but later received a
WOOLMS provisional to start the 50-lapper from the outside of
the fourteenth row. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then blasted
past fourteen cars to finish the headliner in the fourteenth position.
18, 2016) Next up at VSP was night four
of the 45th Annual 'DIRTcar Nationals' and the World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series roared into the 1/2-mile dirt facility
to preside over a $10,000 to win shootout. Frank Heckenast, Jr.
battled issues throughout preliminary action and was forced to
rely on a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lap headliner.
Frankie was then able to move up six spots to finish twenty-first
in the final rundown tonight at Volusia Speedway Park.
17, 2016) The third leg of the 'DIRTcar
Nationals' thrilled fans tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida and Frank Heckenast, Jr. had his focus firmly set on the
$10,000 winner's check. Frankie finished sixth in heat race action,
but later ran second in his B-Main to earn the twenty-second starting
spot in the 40-lap main event. Frankie then moved past ten racecars
during the course of the A-Main en route to a twelfth place effort.
16, 2016) Round two of the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
took center stage tonight at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park and the
UMP DIRTcar Series battle once again paid $7,000 to the winner.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified fifth quickest in his group during
time trials and later grabbed the third and final transfer spot
through his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then picked
off eight competitors during the 30-lap feature on his way to
a steady eighth place performance.
15, 2016) The 45th edition of the 'DIRTcar
Nationals' for the UMP Super Late Models started tonight at Volusia
Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, as a $7,000 payday was
up for grabs. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the fifth fastest
lap in his group during time trials, but later stormed up to second
in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the
fourth row in the 30-lapper, Frankie once again moved forward
behind the wheel of his Club 29 racecar, as he advanced up to
third to finish behind only race winner Billy Moyer, Jr. and runner-up
Dennis Erb, Jr.!
NATIONALS RESULTS FROM BUBBA RACEWAY PARK
14, 2016) Valentine's Day took the #99jr
team to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida today for the final
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of "Speedweeks 2016."
The Bubba Army 'Winter Nationals' showdown paid $10,000 to the
winner and drew 26 competitors to the egg-shaped venue. Frank
Heckenast, Jr. qualified fifteenth quickest in time trials and
later wound up eighth in his loaded heat race following an early
race spin. Frankie then thrilled the huge crowd during the caution-plagued
feature event by blasting past nineteen competitors on his way
to a stellar fifth place effort. The Frankfort, Illinois native
trailed only victor Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Brandon
Sheppard, and Eddie Carrier, Jr. to the checkers in the 50-lap
FREEZE RESULTS FROM SCREVEN MOTOR SPEEDWAY
13, 2016) Another World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series showdown completed the 'Winter Freeze VI' weekend
at Screven (GA) Motor Speedway tonight and a $10,000 top prize
was on the line. Frankfort, Illinois hotshoe Frank Heckenast,
Jr. laid down the third fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying
session prior to scoring a victory in heat race action. After
drawing the fifth starting spot before the drop of the green flag
in the 50-lapper, Frankie drove forward to finish a strong fourth
in the final rundown behind only winner Rick Eckert, Boom Briggs,
and Jason Covert!
12, 2016) The 2016 version of the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series schedule kicked off tonight
at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia with night one
of the 'Winter Freeze VI.' The $8,000 to win WOOLMS lid lifter
drew a stellar 46 car field to the Peach State. Frank Heckenast,
Jr. finished eighth in his heat race and thirteenth in his B-Main,
which forced him to rely on a series provisional to gain access
into the 40-lap feature. After rolling off from the inside of
the twelfth row in his season opener, Frankie was able to post
a nineteenth place performance.