HECKENAST RACING CLOSES OUT SEASON AT GRANITE CITY
(September 29, 2019) The #99jr team ventured to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on September 27-28 to close out their 2019 season in the final two 'Modified Mania' shows for the Super Late Models. In Friday night's $3,000 to win program, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran fourth in his heat race prior to blasting past nine competitors during the 30-lapper en route to a strong fifth place showing behind only winner Bobby Pierce, Chris Simpson, Rusty Schlenk, and Brian Shirley. At the St. Louis-area facility in Saturday's $5,000 to win season finale, Frankie placed second in his heat race before slipping back to eighth in the final finishing order of the 40-lap headliner. Complete results from the entire 'Modified Mania' weekend can be accessed online at www.tricityspeedway.net. (Dirtman Photography)

HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES LUCAS OIL FOES AT KOKOMO
(September 21, 2019) The Heckenast Racing team invaded Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana on Friday evening, September 20 for the first-ever visit by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified well and later ran second in his heat race on the rough racing surface. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in the $12,000 to win feature event, Frankie sported a fast racecar early in the 50-lap distance. The Frankfort, Illinois ace vaulted up to as high as fourth before he was forced to retire from the contest after only 15 circuits due to engine issues and he was officially placed eighteenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from last night at Kokomo Speedway can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

FRANKIE TENTH IN LATE MODEL KNOXVILLE NAT'LS!
(September 15, 2019) A visit to the storied Knoxville Raceway was up next for the #99jr team, as the 16th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' was held at the storied Knoxville, Iowa facility from September 12-14. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie drew 55 entrants to the 1/2-mile, semi-banked fairgrounds oval and action kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race prior to knocking down a twelfth place effort in the 25-lap sprint. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Frankie won his heat race and later advanced past seven competitors in the 25-lapper en route to a strong ninth place showing.

Things wrapped up at the Hawkeye State speedplant on Saturday with the running of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals,' which once again boasted a whopping $40,000 paycheck. By virtue of amassing the twenty-first best point total during preliminary action, Frankie rolled off from the inside of the eleventh row for the start of the 100-lap headliner. Despite drawing a lap 10 caution flag, the Frankfort, Illinois ace charged back through the field to salvage a steady tenth place performance. Full results from the crown jewel weekend in Iowa can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

HECKENAST, JR. TRANSFERS INTO FAMED WORLD 100
(September 8, 2019) All eyes in the Dirt Late Model world were fixated on the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 5-7, as the Buckeye State venue played host to the sport's most prestigious event - the 49th Annual 'World 100.' The three-day extravaganza kicked off with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs each paying $10,000 to the winner. On Thursday night in the weekend opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race prior to slipping back to fourteenth in the final finishing order of the 25-lap sprint. At the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant on Friday evening, Frankie finished sixth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later climbed five spots in the 25-lapper on his way to a sixteenth place showing.

The 'World 100' weekend then culminated on Saturday in front of a record crowd at the "Big E," as the #99jr team gunned for the whopping $52,000 top prize. Frankie grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race to earn the outside of the ninth row for the start of the 100-lap crown jewel headliner. The Frankfort, Illinois completed only 93 circuits in the extra-distance affair and was paid for a twenty-third place performance following the drop of the checkered flag. Full results from the extended weekend at Eldora Speedway can be located by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. WINS $5,000 AT FAIRBURY!!!
(September 2, 2019) Frank Heckenast, Jr. scored his second feature victory of 2019 on Saturday evening, August 31 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! After winning his heat race in American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) competition, Frankie led a couple of different times early in the 40-lap tilt before taking the lead for good on the eleventh circuit. The Frankfort, Illinois standout eventually beat Jimmy Mars, Jason Feger, Bobby Pierce, and Donny Walden to the checkered flag to claim the $5,000 winner's check at FALS!

In other action over the busy Labor Day holiday weekend, Frankie set a New Track Record on Thursday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan prior to winning his heat race and finishing third in the rain-shortened, $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series main event behind only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Chase Junghans. On Friday night in a $5,000 to win AELMT battle at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, Frankie placed fourth in his heat race and later moved up to finish eighth in the final rundown of the 40-lapper. Things then wrapped up at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sunday in the 'Baltes Classic,' as Frankie ran fifth in his stacked heat race, won his B-Main, and later advanced up six positions in the $5,000 to win contest to land in the eleventh finishing spot. Full results from each weekend race can be located online at www.woolms.com, www.aelmt.com, and www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Jim DenHamer Photo)

HECKENAST FLASHES SPEED IN NORTH/SOUTH SHOOTOUT
(August 11, 2019) The Heckenast Racing team traveled to Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on August 8-10 for the 37th Annual 'North/South 100.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided over the weekend at the Cincinnati-area venue and 53 competitors signed into the pit area for the crown jewel spectacular. On Thursday night during the $10,000 to win 'North/South Shootout,' Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified well and won his heat race in preliminary action, but a flat tire on lap 12 unfortunately relegated him to a disappointing twenty-second place performance in the 50-lapper.

At Florence on Friday evening in the double set of qualifying heat races, Frankie won his first heat race of the night before placing seventh in his final prelim. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then ran fourth in his consolation race on Saturday, which unfortunately kept him out of the 'North/South 100,' which was won by $50,000 victor Chris Madden. Frankie did; however, salvage the night by finishing a strong runner-up to Jason Jameson in the $2,000 to win Non-Qualifiers Race that capped off the extended weekend. Complete results from the 'North/South 100' weekend can be accessed online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

#99JR TEAM IMPRESSIVE THROUGHOUT USA NATIONALS!
(August 4, 2019) One of the biggest crown jewel events of the year - the 32nd Annual 'USA Nationals' - was the focus of the Dirt Late Model world from August 1-3 at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The lucrative three-day weekend started on Thursday night with a $6,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series preliminary event, which drew 45 entrants to the Badger State oval. Frank Heckenast, Jr. grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his loaded heat race before advancing up to thirteenth in the 30-lap sprint.

During Friday's double set of qualifying heat races, Frankie won both of his heat races before placing third in the dash for those drivers with the highest passing point total. After rolling off from the inside of the second row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel main event, the Frankfort, Illinois ace flexed his muscle throughout the first half of the $50,000 to win contest and battled for the lead on several different occasions. In the second half of the 'USA Nationals;' however, Frankie slipped back in the top ten and eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the ninth position. Complete results from each of the three days at Cedar Lake Speedway can be accessed by pointing your web browser to www.woolms.com.

HECKENAST, JR. STORMS TO SEVENTH IN $30K PDC!
(July 28, 2019) Heckenast Racing headed to Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois from July 25-27. On Thursday night in a return trip to Lincoln for the final 24 circuits of the rain-postponed $5,000 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals show, Frank Heckenast, Jr. restarted the contest in the seventh spot and advanced up to fifth to trail only victor Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Billy Moyer, and Bobby Pierce. At FALS on Friday evening, Frankie moved up two spots during his $2,500 to win qualifying feature to grab the fourth and final transfer position into Saturday's 100-lap 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' The Frankfort, Illinois standout was then gunning for the $30,000 top prize in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series headliner and wound up blasting past eight cars to nab a strong seventh place performance in the mega-event. Full results from the last three nights can be accessed online at www.thehelltour.com and www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. LEADS MOST OF JR KIMLER MEMORIAL
(July 20, 2019) On the heels of the grueling DIRTcar Summer Nationals, the Heckenast Racing team rolled into Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, July 19 for the annual running of the 'Jr Kimler Memorial.' Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the sixth quickest lap in qualifying before scoring the victory in his heat race. After starting the $3,000 to win main event from the inside of the second row, Frankie led most of the feature contest until a last-lap slider thrown by his cousin Mike Spatola dropped the Frankfort, Illinois standout to a runner-up performance. Complete results from last night at Farmer City Raceway can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com.

HECKENAST, JR. COMPLETES HELL TOUR - THIRD IN POINTS!
(July 13, 2019) Frank Heckenast, Jr. wrapped up the 2019 edition of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tonight at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio! A 44 car field signed into the pit area to do battle in the $10,000 to win "Hell Tour" finale. Frankie qualified second fastest in Group A during time trials and later claimed another heat race win. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then drew the third starting spot prior to the start of the 50-lap series finale, but was not able to keep his #99jr inside of the top five and he eventually brought home a seventh place effort on the mostly one-groove racing surface. After all of the points were tallied, Frankie finished third in the final series point standings behind Champion Brian Shirley and runner-up Bobby Pierce!

(July 12, 2019) The penultimate event on the "Hell Tour" took place tonight at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio and another $5,000 payday was up for grabs. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock fourth fastest in his group during qualifying before securing a heat race triumph. After drawing the outside of the front row prior to the start of the 40-lap feature event, Frankie ran amongst the leaders throughout the contest and landed on the podium in the third finishing position behind only race winner Kent Robinson and runner-up Jason Feger.

(July 11, 2019) Another DIRTcar Summer Nationals show in the state of Michigan greeted the Heckenast Racing team tonight at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified second quickest in his group during time trials before finishing second in his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois native then moved past four competitors during the 40-lap feature, battled leader Brian Shirley for the point throughout the second half of the contest, and eventually crossed underneath the checkered flag in the runner-up spot behind only $5,000 winner Shirley!

(July 10, 2019) Following a rare day off on the "Hell Tour," the #99jr team rolled into Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Michigan tonight for a $5,000 to win throwdown. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the fourth fastest time in his group during qualifying prior to advancing up to second in his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then raced all over the top five on the rough-and-tumble racing surface before making a late surge to grab a third place effort in the 40-lapper behind only victor Brian Shirley and runner-up Bobby Pierce!

(July 8, 2019) Frank Heckenast, Jr. returned to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois tonight for the conclusion of the June 14 event, which was pushed back prior to the $10,000 to win main event due to heavy rainfall. Frankie started the 50-lap feature from the inside of the sixth row and was able to work his way past seven racecars during the contest. At the waving of the checkered flag, Frankie was in the fourth finishing position behind only race winner Bobby Pierce, Jason Feger, and Ryan Unzicker!

(July 7, 2019) Heckenast Racing soldiered on with the "Hell Tour" tonight with a trip to Quincy Raceway in Quincy, Illinois. The $5,000 payday drew 21 entrants to the Land of Lincoln venue. Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified second fastest in his group during time trials and later grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then steered past a trio of competitors during the 40-lap main event to leave Quincy with a fourth place effort behind only victor Mike Marlar, Brian Shirley, and Rusty Schlenk!

(July 6, 2019) The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour rolled into Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois tonight, as a $7,500 winner's check was on the line for the #99jr team. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the fourth quickest time in his group during the qualifying session prior to placing third in his loaded heat race. After starting ninth on the feature grid and climbing to as high as fifth in the 50-lap main event, Frankie settled for a seventh place showing.

(July 5, 2019) A $10,000 top prize was up for grabs for the cars and stars traveling with the "Hell Tour" tonight at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the eighth quickest time in his group during qualifying and later advanced up to fourth in his stacked heat race. After starting the 50-lapper from the outside of the fifth row, Frankie had climbed up inside of the top five late in the feature distance before his #99jr erupted with a plume of smoke. The mechanical problems caused the Frankfort, Illinois ace to retire from the contest in the seventeenth finishing position.

(July 4, 2019) Finally Mother Nature cooperated for the first time in several days and the DIRTcar Summer Nationals was able to get the annual 'Herald & Review 100' into the record books tonight at the mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session before slipping back to third in his stacked heat race. After starting the $5,000 to win main event from the inside of the fifth row and slowing on lap 48 to draw a caution, Frankie rebounded from the tail to salvage a steady sixth place effort in the 100-lap affair.

(July 3, 2019) Due to heavy afternoon rains and the forecast for additional wet weather, tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals visit to the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa has been nixed. No immediate announcement was made concerning a make-up date for the $5,000 to win show.

(July 2, 2019) With persistent rain showers starting to fall early in the evening, tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals stop at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin has been rained out and the $5,000 to win program will not be rescheduled.

(July 1, 2019) Tonight's $7,500 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals contest scheduled for the pristine Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois has been canceled due to inclement weather. The race will not be rescheduled and the "Hell Tour" will move on to Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 2.

(June 30, 2019) The last day in June took the #99jr team to Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois tonight for another round of DIRTcar Summer Nationals competition. Frank Heckenast, Jr. logged the fourth fastest time in his group during qualifying before running fourth in his loaded heat race. Frankie then started the 40-lap main event from the inside of the sixth row, but the $5,000 to win race was canceled due to heavy rain that started falling during a lap 16 caution period. No make-up date was immediately announced by track or "Hell Tour" officials.

(June 29, 2019) The grind of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour took Heckenast Racing to Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois tonight for a $10,000 to win shootout. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in fifth quickest in Group A during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. He later rolled off from the inside of the seventh row in the 50-lapper and was able to improve three spots en route to a tenth place showing.

(June 28, 2019) The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series joined the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tonight for a co-sanctioned battle at the sprawling Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana. A $10,000 to win program was held and 22 entrants were on hand at the Hoosier State facility. Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified fourth fastest in his group during time trials before climbing to third in his stacked heat race. After starting the 30-lap main event from the inside of the fifth row, Frankie was solid throughout the caution-free affair and eventually posted a ninth place performance.

(June 27, 2019) A trip to the Hoosier State was on tap tonight, as the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana hosted the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for a $5,000 to win contest. A stellar 44 car field converged on the 1/4-mile oval and Frank Heckenast, Jr. started his evening by laying down the thirteenth fastest lap in Group B during time trials. After finishing fifth in his stacked heat race and winning the B-Main, Frankie started the 40-lap main event from the inside of the ninth row. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then moved forward in the headliner and rallied past six cars on his way to an eleventh place effort.

(June 26, 2019) The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour took the #99jr team to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois tonight to vie for a $5,000 winner's check in another rain-postponed program. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the second quickest time in his group during qualifying and later ran second in his heat race. Frankie then rolled off from the outside of the third row in the 40-lapper and blitzed past three competitors early in the distance to land in the third position and on the podium behind only victor Brian Shirley and runner-up Bobby Pierce!

(June 25, 2019) Next up on the "Hell Tour" was a visit to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois tonight for a rain-postponed showdown, which boasted a $7,500 paycheck. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the tenth quickest lap in Group B during time trials before grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the rough-and-tumble 40-lap feature from the outside of the sixth row, Frankie had climbed up inside of the top ten, but a broken axle late in the distance dropped the Frankfort, Illinois standout to an eleventh place showing.

(June 24, 2019) Overnight rain - continuing into the morning and early afternoon - has left Clarksville Speedway too saturated for tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals event in Clarksville, Tennessee. Unfortunately, the $5,000 to win program will not be rescheduled. The rain-plagued "Hell Tour" continues tomorrow at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois with a $7,500 to win make up show from the June 21 rain out.

(June 23, 2019) Yet another rain-out on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour greeted the #99jr team today at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. The $5,000 to win program at the Hoosier State bullring will not be rescheduled.

(June 22, 2019) A $10,000 top prize was on the line in a "Hell Tour" battle tonight at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. A strong field of 38 entrants poured into FALS and Frank Heckenast, Jr. kicked off the night by laying down the fastest lap overall during the qualifying session to earn Fast Time honors. After securing a heat race triumph, Frankie started fourth on the feature grid and fell outside of the top five before making a late race charge in the 50-lapper. Frankie eventually rallied all the way up to second to finish a close runner-up behind only victor Brian Shirley!

(June 21, 2019) With grounds already saturated from strong storms and more rain expected throughout the day, DIRTcar Summer Nationals officials announced that tonight's $10,000 to win show at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois has been rained-out, but will be rescheduled for Tuesday, June 25.

(June 20, 2019) The "Hell Tour" took the #99jr team to Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois tonight and 35 competitors piled into the pit area to do battle for the $5,000 winner's check. Frank Heckenast, Jr. continued his consistent start to the tour, as he timed in fifth fastest in Group B during qualifying, ran second in his heat race, and later moved up to third in the 40-lap feature event. Frankie trailed only victor Brian Shirley and runner-up Tyler Erb at the unfurling of the checkered flag to land on the podium!

(June 19, 2019) Citing wet grounds and a gloomy forecast, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and track officials have announced that tonight's scheduled series event at the tiny Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois has been rained out. The $5,000 to win contest will not be rescheduled.

(June 18, 2019) Next up on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals slate was a visit tonight to Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois for the annual 'Wild Man Kelly Classic,' which boasted a $5,000 top prize. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the second fastest time in his group during qualifying and later ran third in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lap feature event from the inside of the fifth row, Frankie was on the move throughout the contest, as he blasted up to fourth to finish behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, and Brian Shirley!

(June 16, 2019) Wet weather continues to plague the 2019 version of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, as today's event at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois was rained out. No makeup date for the $5,000 to win show was immediately announced by track or series officials.

(June 15, 2019) With showers and thunderstorms arriving early in the afternoon and with more storms on the way, tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdown at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois has been rained out. Officials announced that the $10,000 to win program has been rescheduled for Monday, July 1 at the pristine speedplant.

(June 14, 2019) The first $10,000 top prize of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour was up for grabs tonight in a visit to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the fifth quickest lap in his group during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his eventful heat race. Frankie was then scheduled to start the main event from the outside of the seventh row. However, intensifying rain shortly before the start of the A-Main caused series officials to postpone the headliner to Monday, July 8.

(June 13, 2019) The first race of the 2019 DIRTcar Summer Nationals took place earlier tonight at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock second fastest in his group during qualifying before securing an impressive heat race victory. After starting the $5,000 to win headliner from the pole position and leading the first lap, Frankie ran primarily in the second spot and eventually placed a strong runner-up in the 40-lap affair behind only victor Brian Shirley!

(June 12, 2019) Due to rain, tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals lid lifter at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois has been postponed. The $5,000 to win program for the Super Late Models has been rescheduled for June 26. The month-long tour will now kick off its 2019 season on Thursday, June 13 at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois with a similar $5,000 to win show.

 

 

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