HECKENAST SUFFERS REAR END WOES AT JOLIET...
(October 15, 2017) On October 13-14, the #99jr team was in the pit area at the pristine Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned the two-day 'Chi-Town Showdown.' In Friday night's $10,000 to win weekend opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the third quickest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to scoring the victory in his loaded heat race. Frankie had then vaulted to second in the 50-lap headliner before rear-end issues caused the Frankfort, Illinois standout to slow on lap 30 and eventually retire in the eighteenth position. The 'Chi-Town Showdown' finale on Saturday evening, which was scheduled to boast another $10,000 winner's share, was washed out early in the day due to inclement weather and will not be rescheduled. Full results from Joliet can be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.woolms.com.

FRANKIE SIXTH AT GRANITE CITY; TOP FIVE IN DEEP FRIED 75
(October 1, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team rolled into Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee from September 28-30 for a pair of Super Late Model specials. In night one of 'Mod Mania' on Thursday night at Granite City, Frankie ran second in his heat race and sixth in the $2,000 to win UMP feature event. At Duck River over the weekend, the 6th edition of the 'Deep Fried 75' was held and a $14,000 top prize was on the line in the unsanctioned throwdown. Frankie knocked down the eighth quickest time overall during Friday's qualifying session prior to grabbing the fifth transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After starting the 75-lap headliner on Saturday evening from the outside of the seventh row, the Frankfort, Illinois standout drove past nine competitors en route to a sterling fifth place performance behind only victor Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb, Dane Dacus, and Jason Jameson! Full results from both venues can be viewed online at www.tricityspeedway.net and www.duckriverracewaypark.com.

HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES WOOLMS FOES IN GREAT PLAINS...
(September 25, 2017) Heckenast Racing ventured west to the Great Plains from September 22-24 for a trio of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns in the states of Kansas and Oklahoma. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win program at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, Frank Heckenast, Jr. earned Fast Time honors during qualifying and won his heat race, but later slipped back to twelfth in the final finishing order of the feature. At Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma on Saturday evening in a similar $10,000 to win shootout, Frankie finished fourth in his loaded heat race and twelfth once again in the A-Main. In Sunday's tripleheader finale at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, Frankie placed fourth in his heat race and ninth in the 40-lap main event, which boasted an $8,000 paycheck. Full results from the triple shot can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. WINS $5,000 IN DIRTY 30 AT ROUTE 66!
(September 14, 2017) Frankfort, Illinois standout Frank Heckenast, Jr. recorded his second feature win of the 2017 campaign on Wednesday evening, September 13 in the 'Dirty 30' at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois! Frankie earned Fast Time honors during qualifying and later scored the victory in his heat race. After trailing early leader Dennis Erb, Jr. during the first seven circuits, Frankie led the final 23 laps of the 'Dirty 30' headliner to pocket the $5,000 payday over Ryan Unzicker, Brent Larson, Kevin Weaver, and Paul Parker! Complete results from last night at Joliet can be obtained online at www.dirtoval66.com. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. SOLID THROUGHOUT WORLD 100 WEEKEND!
(September 10, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team invaded the hallowed high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 7-9 for the 47th edition of the 'World 100.' Up first at the 1/2-mile facility in Darke County was a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Frankie ran second in his heat race and hung around the top ten in his 25-lapper before claiming a steady eleventh place effort. At the "Big E" on Friday evening, Frankie placed fifth in his loaded heat race prior to winning his B-Main and advancing all the way up to eighth by the finish of his 25-lap sprint.

When Saturday rolled around in the Buckeye State, all eyes on the Heckenast Racing team were focused on the 'World 100,' which boasted a hefty $50,000 top prize and the famed globe trophy. Frankie finished an impressive third in the sixth heat race behind only Hudson O'Neal and Jimmy Mars and later started the 100-lap headliner from the outside of the ninth row. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then moved up to eleventh in the running order before his right front tire gave up in the latter stages of the crown jewel event. Frankie still wound up on the lead lap and was officially paid for a fifteenth place performance in this year's 'World 100.' Full results from Eldora Speedway can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

FRANKIE FINISHES SIXTH AT FCR; FOURTH AT SELINSGROVE!
(September 4, 2017) The Heckenast Racing team had a busy Labor Day holiday weekend with special events circled on their racing calendar in the states of Illinois and Pennsylvania on September 1-3. On Friday night in a $5,000 to win UMP Super Late Model shootout at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed third in his heat race prior to vaulting up to sixth in the headliner.

Following a rain-out of a World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdown on Saturday evening at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, the holiday weekend wrapped up with another WOOLMS program on Sunday at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, which boasted an $8,000 winner's check. Frankie once again ran third in heat race action and later blasted to fourth in the 40-lapper to trail only victor Jeff Rine, Chris Madden, and Devin Moran. Full results from both weekend shows can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. INVADES MERRITT FOR DOUBLEHEADER
(August 28, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team spent the August 26-27 weekend at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series presided over the 'Great Lakes Shootout,' which kicked off on Saturday evening with a $6,000 to win program. Frankie ran third in heat race action and hovered around the top ten in the 30-lapper before eventually placing eleventh in the final finishing order. On Sunday night in the $15,000 to win 'Great Lakes Shootout' finale, Frankie grabbed the sixth and final transfer spot through his heat race prior to winding up sixteenth at the pay window following the caution-free 75-lap showdown. Complete results from the double-dip at Merritt can be accessed online at www.woolms.com. (Jim DenHamer Photo)

#99JR TEAM FOURTH IN TRIPLEHEADER FINALE AT ERIEZ!
(August 21, 2017) Heckenast Racing entered a trio of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series shootouts at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware, Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, and Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pennsylvania from August 17-20. Frank Heckenast, Jr. was forced into his back-up car during the program on Thursday night at Georgetown before salvaging a third place finish in his B-Main and a ninth place effort in the 40-lap feature. At Port Royal on Saturday, Frankie unfortunately missed out on the 40-lapper after finishing sixth in his heat race and fourth in his B-Main. On Sunday in the weekend finale at Eriez, Frankie ran second in his heat race, started on the pole of the 50-lap headliner, and slipped back to fourth at the checkers to finish behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Russ King, and Eric Wells! Full results from all three weekend battles can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

HECKENAST, JR. CLIMBS TO PODIUM FINISH AT KANKAKEE!
(August 12, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team rolled into Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois on Friday night, August 11 for a visit by the MARS Dirt Car Series West division. Frankie timed in seventh quickest of the thirteen entrants during the qualifying session and later placed fourth in his heat race. After starting the $3,000 to win main event from the inside of the fourth row, Frankie was able to work his way past four competitors during the race to finish on the podium in the third spot behind only victor Jason Feger and runner-up Rusty Schlenk! Complete results from last night at Kankakee County Speedway can be viewed online at www.marsracingseries.com.

OUTLAWS TAKE #99JR THROUGH ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN...
(August 5, 2017) The 30th edition of the 'USA Nationals' concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin and each driver had their sights firmly set on capturing the whopping $50,000 windfall. Frank Heckenast, Jr. tripped the clock eleventh quickest in Group A during time trials last night and later claimed the second transfer position through his stacked heat race. After starting third on the grid in the 100-lap 'USA Nationals,' Frankie ran inside of the top five through the first half of the distance. At the checkers, the Frankfort, Illinois standout found himself in the eighth spot in the crown jewel extravaganza!

(August 4, 2017) The 'USA Nationals' finally kicked off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was on the line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series show at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the fastest time in Group A during the qualifying session before placing second in his heat race. After drawing the sixth starting spot prior to the 30-lap prelim, Frankie vaulted all the way up to second in the running order before settling for an impressive fourth place showing behind only victor Chris Madden, Billy Moyer, and Brandon Sheppard!

(August 3, 2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals' preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening. Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.

(August 2, 2017) The #99jr team made the overnight haul to Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin tonight for the annual running of the 'Sun Drop Shootout,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The $10,000 to win event marked the eighth straight year that the national tour has hosted an event at the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the twelfth fastest time overall during qualifying prior to running third in heat race action. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 50-lap main event, Frankie unfortunately slowed to draw a caution after only 29 circuits and retired in the eighteenth position.

(August 1, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series made their first-ever stop to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin tonight and Heckenast Racing was in the pit area to vie for the $10,000 top prize. Frank Heckenast, Jr. tripped the clock fourth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session and later placed second in his loaded heat race. After drawing the inside of the second row before the start of the 50-lapper, Frankie ran towards the front throughout the caution-free distance and almost got second at the checkers, but settled for an impressive third place podium effort behind only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Don O'Neal!

(July 29, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. rolled into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois for this weekend's 28th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and boasted a lucrative $30,000 payday. Last night in preliminary competition, Frankie laid down the eleventh fastest time in Group B during qualifying prior to running fifth in his $2,500 to win prelim feature behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Chris Madden, and Chris Simpson. After recording an impressive triumph in his B-Main earlier this evening, Frankie improved six spots during the 100-lap PDC on his way to a thirteenth place showing.

(July 26, 2017) Next up on the schedule for the #99jr team was a visit to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois tonight for an $8,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series mid-week throwdown. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in twenty-fifth quickest overall during the qualifying session and later placed eighth in heat race action. After grabbing the third transfer spot through his B-Main, Frankie started the 40-lap main event from the inside of the eleventh row. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then kicked off a busy swing through Illinois and Wisconsin tonight with a seventeenth place performance.

HECKENAST, JR. PICKS UP FIRST WIN OF 2017 AT FALS!
(July 16, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team dropped into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois - on their way home from North Dakota - on Saturday evening, July 15 and walked away with an impressive $2,000 triumph! Frankie earned Fast Time honors during UMP Super Late Model qualifying and later picked up a heat race triumph. After leading early in the main event, Frankie hounded his cousin Mike Spatola III for the point late in the distance and eventually made the winning pass on an exciting final circuit. The Frankfort, Illinois ace claimed the $2,000 win over Spatola, Dan Flessner, McKay Wenger, and Mike Mataragas! Full results from last night at FALS can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

WILD WEST TOUR NIGHTLY RESULTS FOR #99JR TEAM...
(July 14, 2017) The four-race Wild West Tour wrapped up tonight for the cars and stars racing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series with the 'Acme Tools 50' at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Afternoon rain showers prior to the $10,000 to win special made for a wicked fast racing surface. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the third quickest lap in Group B during time trials and later finished second in his loaded heat race. After drawing the sixth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper, Frankie unfortunately completed only 39 circuits and was officially paid for eighteenth at the pay window following the race. The Frankfort, Illinois native currently sits ninth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the Wild West Tour.

(July 13, 2017) The penultimate event of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series-sanctioned Wild West Tour took the #99jr team to Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota tonight for another $8,000 to win duel. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the sixth quickest time in Group A during qualifying before grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then started the 40-lap main event from the outside of the fifth row, but unfortunately slid back a few spots during the course of the race to finish thirteenth in the final rundown.

(July 12, 2017) Next up on the Wild West Tour with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series was a visit tonight to Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for an $8,000 to win shootout. Frank Heckenast, Jr. laid down the twelfth fastest lap overall during time trials and later placed third in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 40-lapper, Frankie drove past a couple of competitors during the feature distance to leave Ogilvie with a steady seventh place performance.

(July 8, 2017) The Wild West Tour kicked off for Heckenast Racing tonight in the 38th edition of the 'Gopher 50' at the pristine Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special drew 36 competitors to the 3/8-mile oval - all of whom were vying for the $10,000 winner's check. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock fourth quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to finishing second in heat race action. After drawing the eighth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the prestigious 50-lap race, Frankie hung around the top ten and eventually knocked down a solid ninth place effort.

HECTIC FOURTH OF JULY WEEK FOR HECKENAST RACING...
(July 7, 2017) Following a couple of days off, Heckenast Racing was back in action with the UMP Summer Nationals tour tonight at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the third fastest lap in Group A during time trials prior to scoring an impressive win in heat race action. After starting the $10,000 to win headliner from the inside of the second row and with passing at a premium throughout the 50-lap finale, Frankie settled for a strong fourth place showing tonight behind only feature winner Mike Marlar, Billy Moyer, and Brandon Sheppard!

(July 1, 2017) Another $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs in another World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals clash tonight at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in fourth quickest in Group B during qualifying and later ran second in his stacked heat race. While running in the top five on lap 42 of the 50-lapper, Frankie was unfortunately caught up in an incident and wound up twenty-fourth in the final finishing order.

(June 30, 2017) The $10,000 to win showdown between the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series versus the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals scheduled for tonight at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana has been canceled due to a heavy afternoon storm paired with persistent rain throughout the rest of the day.

(June 28, 2017) A hectic 4th of July holiday week for Heckenast Racing started tonight in the 'Outlaw Clay Classic' at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour presided over the $10,000 to win program at the pristine Chicago-area facility, which is promoted by Frank Heckenast, Jr.'s sister Sherri. Frankie knocked down the fourth quickest lap during the qualifying session prior to finishing a close third in heat race action. The Frankfort, Illinois ace was then scheduled to start the 50-lap finale from the inside of the fifth row, but heavy rain and dangerous lightning unfortunately postponed the feature until October 13.

#99JR TEAM BUSY THIS WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA...
(June 24, 2017) Today was a very busy day at Lernerville Speedway for the #99jr team, as a day/night doubleheader concluded the rainy weekend at the Sarver, Pennsylvania speedplant. During the $6,000 to win afternoon show, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran third in his heat race and tenth in the 30-lap prelim. In the $30,000 to win 'Firecracker 100' at night, Frankie placed fifth in his loaded heat race, second in his B-Main, and eighteenth in the 100-lap headliner, which ran caution-free.

(June 23, 2017) Persistent rain hitting the area throughout the day has forced Friday’s 'Firecracker 100' program to be cancelled. Thursday’s postponement and Friday’s cancellation sets the stage for a jam-packed Saturday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania featuring a day/night doubleheader with Thursday’s $6,000 to win preliminary event in the afternoon and the 100-lap finale - paying $30,000 to the winner - later tomorrow evening.

(June 22, 2017) Due to heavy afternoon rain showers on Thursday, the racing surface at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania will not be suitable for competition during tonight’s first 'Firecracker 100' qualifying event. Despite all of the efforts from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Lernerville Speedway crews, Thursday’s event will be postponed to Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Friday’s $6,000 to win preliminary program for the 'Firecracker 100' is still on as scheduled.

(June 20, 2017) A busy week for the cars and stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania kicked off tonight with a $10,000 to win program at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the sixth fastest lap overall during the qualifying session before placing second in heat race action. After starting the 50-lapper from the outside of the third row, Frankie had a strong run going until he was spun by another competitor, which eventually dropped him to a fourteenth place showing.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. LEADS EARLY AT BRIGHTON...
(June 19, 2017) The #99jr team traveled north of the border for a pair of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series battles on June 17-18 at Brighton Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway, both of which are located in the province of Ontario. Frank Heckenast, Jr. tripped the clock fifth quickest during the qualifying session Saturday at Brighton prior to running second in heat race action. After drawing the pole position and leading the first nine circuits of the 50-lapper, Frankie eventually slipped back to eighth in the final rundown of the headliner. Sunday's scheduled tilt at Cornwall Motor Speedway then unfortunately succumbed to inclement weather. Full results from Saturday evening's WOOLMS stop to Brighton can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.

HECKENAST PILOTS SPATOLA'S BACK-UP CAR AT KANKAKEE
(June 16, 2017) With his Heckenast Racing team primed to head to Canada with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour this weekend, Frank Heckenast, Jr. jumped behind the wheel of his cousin Mike Spatola's back-up #89 car on Thursday night, June 15 at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois. The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour rolled into Kankakee last night to preside over a $5,000 to win program. Frankie posted the sixth fastest time in his group during the qualifying session and later placed fifth in his stacked heat race. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the inside of the seventh row, Frankie was able to move forward past four competitors on his way to a steady ninth place effort. Full results from last night at Kankakee can be viewed online at www.thehelltour.com.

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. SOLID THROUGHOUT DLM DREAM
(June 11, 2017) Heckenast Racing traveled to the Buckeye State of Ohio from June 8-10 for the 23rd edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' A stellar field of 79 Super Late Model competitors signed in at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and all eyes were focused on the whopping $100,000 winner's share. Things kicked off at the "Big E" on Thursday and Friday with a pair of preliminary programs, which paid $5,000 and $10,000 to win respectively in Twin 25 lap sprints.

Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran third in his heat race on Thursday night prior to winding up thirteenth in the final rundown of the 25-lapper. On Friday evening, Frankie placed fourth in heat race action and later climbed to tenth by the checkers of the 25-lap feature. When Saturday rolled around, the Frankfort, Illinois ace grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his heat race before overheating woes early in the 100-lap 'Dirt Late Model Dream' relegated Frankie to twenty-eighth in the final finishing order. Comprehensive coverage from the crown jewel extravaganza over the weekend at Eldora can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.

HECKENAST, JR. TENTH IN WOOLMS POINTS AFTER SENOIA
(June 4, 2017) Frank Heckenast, Jr., of Frankfort, Illinois, headed to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee and Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on June 2-3 for a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series duals. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win show at "The Taz," Frankie placed fifth in his heat race and fourteenth in the 50-lap feature event. At Senoia on Saturday evening in the $10,025 to win 'Billy Clanton Classic,' Frankie ran third in his stacked heat race, but was later collected in a wreck during the 50-lapper and wound up sixteenth in the final finishing order. He now sits tenth in the current version of the WOOLMS point standings following the doubleheader weekend. Full results from both venues can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Chad Wells Photography)

 

 

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