HECKENAST RACING TACKLES SUMMER NATIONALS
(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.

HECKENAST, JR. WINS B-SCRAMBLE AT ELDORA
(June 9, 2019) The Heckenast Racing team made their way to the 1/2-mile, high-banked Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 6-8 for the 25th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which got underway with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night at the "Big E," Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran sixth in his heat race, second in his B-Main and twenty-second in the 25-lap main event, while he finished fifth in his stacked heat race and sixteenth in Friday's 25-lapper. At Eldora on Saturday, all eyes in the pit area were focused on the hefty $125,000 winner's check in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' While Frankie unfortunately missed out on the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza after placing seventh in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main, the Frankfort, Illinois ace was able to salvage his night by claiming the $1,000 for winning the B-Scramble! You can view full results from the famed Buckeye State facility by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANKIE NABS TOP TEN IN SUNDAY STOP AT MERRITT
(May 27, 2019) The Heckenast Racing team spent their Memorial Day holiday weekend at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky and Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan on May 25-26. On Saturday evening in a $5,000 to win program at Florence, Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed third in his stacked heat race and later started the 50-lapper from the inside of the seventh row. Frankie fought valiantly to move forward in the race before winding up seventeenth in the final finishing order. At Merritt on Sunday in a $4,000 to win American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) showdown, Frankie timed in second fastest in his group during qualifying, finished third in his heat race, and later moved up to seventh in the final rundown of the 40-lap headliner. Full results from both holiday weekend battles can be viewed online at www.florencespeedway.com and www.aelmt.com. (Ryan Roberts Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. WINS IN FALS CUP AT FAIRBURY!!!
(May 19, 2019) Frankfort, Illinois ace Frank Heckenast, Jr. claimed his first victory of the 2019 racing season on Saturday evening, May 18 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Frankie laid down the quickest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to placing second in his heat race. After starting fourth on the grid in the 30-lap "FALS Cup" headliner, Frankie swept by his cousin Mike Spatola to grab the point around the halfway mark of the contest and drove to the $2,500 triumph over Spatola, Ryan Unzicker, Brian Shirley, and Donny Walden!

Earlier in the week on Thursday, May 16, the #99jr team was in action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Frankie ran sixth in his stacked heat race and later scored a victory in his B-Main. Unfortunately, he was then caught up in a lap 23 tangle in the $10,000 to win headliner, which forced him to retire with heavy damage in the eighteenth finishing position. Complete results from both weekend events can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. RETURNS TO ACTION AT FCR
(May 12, 2019) Frank Heckenast, Jr. was one of the 52 entrants that pulled through the pit gate at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, May 10 for the annual running of the 'Farmer City 74.' The Schaeffer's Oil MARS Racing Series presided over the single-day throwdown at the 1/4-mile bullring and a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs. Frankie knocked down the second quickest time in Group B during qualifying prior to running second in his heat race and thirteenth in the 74-lap feature event. Saturday's stop at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois was unfortunately nixed when 'FALS Frenzy' was lost due to persistent afternoon rain showers. Complete results from the MARS weekend can be accessed online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. EARNS TOP TEN AT BROWNSTOWN
(April 14, 2019) The Heckenast Racing team ventured to Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio and Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana from April 11-13 for a pair of high-profile races. On Thursday night in the rain-postponed 'Buckeye Spring 50' at Atomic, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran fourth in his loaded heat race prior to winding up thirteenth in the final rundown of the $12,000 to win headliner. At Brownstown on Saturday evening in a $5,000 to win Schaeffer's Oil MARS Racing Series tilt, Frankie placed second in his heat race before finishing ninth in the 40-lap main event. Complete results from both weekend races can be found online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com and www.marsracingseries.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. SIXTH IN $15,000 ILLINI 100!!
(April 7, 2019) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team rolled into Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on April 5-6 for the 12th Annual 'Illini 100,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. On Friday night in the $6,000 to win weekend opener, Frankie timed in fourth quickest in Group A during qualifying and ran third in his loaded heat race, but retired after only 20 circuits from the rugged racing surface and settled for a seventeenth place showing. At the 1/4-mile bullring on Saturday evening, Frankie won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the $15,000 to win headliner from the inside of the second row. The Frankfort, Illinois ace, who only had high gear during the 75-lapper, was strong throughout the contest and eventually nabbed a sixth place performance behind only winner Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Mars, Bobby Pierce, Dennis Erb, Jr., and Darrell Lanigan! Full results from both weekend shows can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Photo by Schnarzy)

HECKENAST, JR. RETURNS TO ACTION IN THAW BRAWL
(April 1, 2019) The #99jr team was back in action at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on March 30-31 in the eighth edition of the 'Thaw Brawl.' The American Ethanol Late Model Tour sanctioned the two-day spectacular, which was shortened to a single-day throwdown after Saturday's $5,000 to win opener succumbed to Mother Nature. On Sunday afternoon at the 1/4-mile bullring, Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in sixth fastest in his group during qualifying prior to placing eighth in his heat race and fifth in his B-Main. After rolling off from the outside of the tenth row in the $15,000 to win headliner, Frankie was unfortunately swept up in a lap 46 tangle and eventually placed fifteenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from LaSalle Speedway can be found online at www.aelmt.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

 

 

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