EIGHTH IN WOOLMS POINTS AFTER ILLINI 100
Heckenast, Jr. and the #99jr team invaded Farmer City Raceway
in Farmer City, Illinois on April 17-18 for the annual running
of the 'Illini 100.' The World of Outlaws Late Model Series once
again sanctioned the two-day showdown, which was split up for
the first time into a pair of separate programs. On Friday night
in the $6,000 to win opener, Frankie ran third in his heat race
prior to slipping back to eighteenth in the final rundown of the
At the 1/4-mile bullring on Saturday evening, a
whopping $15,000 top prize was on the line in the 'Illini 100'
finale. Frankie ran eighth in his loaded heat race, but later
grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his B-Main.
After starting the 75-lap headliner from the inside of the eleventh
row, the Frankfort, Illinois native drove past nine competitors
en route to a solid twelfth place showing. Frankie now sits eighth
in the latest WOOLMS point standings following the Farmer City
double-dip. Full results can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
TEAM BACK ON WOOLMS TRAIL AT TAZEWELL...
Racing rejoined the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule
on Saturday night, April 11 at the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway
in Tazewell, Tennessee. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in eighteenth
quickest during the qualifying session and later placed seventh
in his loaded heat race. After grabbing the third transfer spot
through the B-Main, Frankie started the $10,000 to win 'Ray Varner
Ford 50' from the inside of the eleventh row. The Frankfort, Illinois
native unfortunately ran into issues on lap 34 and retired from
the race in the twentieth position. He now sits ninth in the latest
version of the WOOLMS point standings. Complete results from "The
Taz" can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
JR. WINDS UP SEVENTH IN THAW BRAWL
5, 2015) Frank
Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team rolled into the pit area at
LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Saturday evening, April
4 for the annual 'Thaw Brawl' finale. The American Late Model
Series (ALMS) presided over the $15,000 to win extravaganza and
a strong field of competitors were on hand for the mega-event.
Frankie qualified fifth quickest in his group during the time
trial session and later ran third in heat race action. After rolling
off from the inside of the fifth row in the 75-lap headliner,
Frankie blasted all the way up to second in the running order,
but later slipped back to seventh at the checkers. Complete results
from last night at LaSalle Speedway can be accessed online at
NATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA...
44th edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' came to a close earlier
tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, as the
World of Outlaws Late Model Series sanctioned yet another $10,000
to win extravaganza. Frankfort, Illinois native Frank Heckenast,
Jr. laid down the second quickest lap in Group A during time trials
and later placed second in his stacked heat race. After drawing
the outside of the front row prior to the start of the 50-lap
grind, Frankie was running in the second spot when he suffered
left front damage by virtue of contact made with a slowing car.
He wound up retiring from the race after only twenty circuits
and was relegated to a disappointing twenty-fourth place performance.
$10,000 winner's check was up for grabs tonight in the penultimate
event of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida. Frank Heckenast, Jr. wound up twelfth in his heat race
due to handling issues and later climbed to ninth in his B-Main.
After receiving a World of Outlaws Late Model Series provisional
to gain access into the 50-lap feature event, Frankie crossed
underneath the checkers in the eighteenth position.
of Outlaws Late Model Series made their first appearance at Volusia
Speedway Park in 2015 tonight, as the national touring series
presided over another $10,000 to win showdown at the Barberville,
Florida facility. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the second
fastest lap in Group A during the time trial session prior to
finishing second in heat race action. After rolling off from the
outside of the fourth row in the 50-lap main event, Frankie unfortunately
slipped back to sixteenth at the finish of the A-Main tonight
Night three of the 44th Annual 'DIRTcar
Nationals' was held tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida and a $10,000 top prize was on the line in the UMP DIRTcar
Series special. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the second fastest
lap in his group during time trials and later placed second in
heat race action. After starting the 40-lapper from the inside
of the sixth row, Frankie ran into mechanical trouble late in
the race. He retired after only 29 circuits and was placed twenty-third
in the final finishing order.
Heavy afternoon rain showers at Volusia Speedway Park expected
to continue throughout the day forced track officials to cancel
tonight's racing action at the 'DIRTcar Nationals.' Things will
resume at the Daytona Beach-area speedplant tomorrow evening,
as a $10,000 windfall awaits the victor of the UMP DIRTcar Series
The 44th edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' commenced tonight
at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida. The UMP DIRTcar
Series presided over a $7,000 to win program and 43 competitors
signed in to do battle at the 1/2-mile oval. Frank Heckenast,
Jr. unfortunately suffered terminal motor problems during hot
laps and was forced to scratch from the remainder of the program.
NATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM OCALA...
The finale of the 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals' took place
earlier tonight at Bubba Raceway Park and another $10,000 top
prize was up for grabs in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series
showdown at the Ocala, Florida facility. Fresh off his huge triumph
last night, Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in third fastest during
qualifying prior to slipping back to third in his loaded heat
race. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the
50-lapper, Frankie wound up finishing right where he started...
in the ninth position.
Frankfort, Illinois driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. broke through
tonight and captured his first career World of Outlaws Late Model
Series feature win during the second night of the 'Bubba Army
Winter Nationals' at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida!!! Frankie
qualified sixth fastest during the WOOLMS qualifying session and
later scored the win in heat race action. After drawing the fifth
starting spot prior to the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap
headliner, Frankie led laps 6-7, 13-40, and 42-50 of the exciting
feature to score the hefty $10,000 windfall. Trailing his #99jr
at the checkers were standouts Shane Clanton, Josh Richards, Darrell
Lanigan, and Chub Frank!!! (Heath Lawson Photo)
(February 13, 2015)
The Dirt Late Model portion of the 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals'
kicked off tonight at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida with
a UMP DIRTcar Series-sanctioned showdown, which boasted a $5,000
payday. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the fourth fastest lap
during the time trial session prior to slipping back to fourth
in his stacked heat race. After starting the 30-lap main event
from the outside of the fifth row, Frankie retired shortly before
the halfway mark of the race and settled for a nineteenth place
RUNNER-UP IN SUNDAY SHOW AT NFS!
8, 2015) Following
the completion of the 'Winter Freeze V' extravaganza, the Heckenast
Racing team ventured south to North Florida Speedway in Lake City,
Florida tonight for a special Sunday showdown. Frank Heckenast,
Jr. logged the fourth fastest lap overall during UMP DIRTcar Series
qualifying and later scored the win in heat race action. After
starting the $5,000 to win main event from the outside of the
front row, Frankie was jumped at the start of the race and wound
up placing second in the 30-lapper behind winner Mark Whitener
- despite suffering a broken shock in the waning laps.
FREEZE NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM SCREVEN...
7, 2015) The 'Winter
Freeze V' weekend came to a close tonight at Screven Motor Speedway
in Sylvania, Georgia, as the second event of the World of Outlaws
Late Model Series schedule boasted another $10,000 winner's check.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. qualified fourth fastest in Group B during
the time trial session and later finished third in heat race action.
After starting the 50-lap main event from the outside of the sixth
row, Frankie slipped back to eighteenth in the final finishing
order tonight in the Peach State.
(February 6, 2015)
Night two of the 'Winter Freeze V' at Screven Motor Speedway
took place tonight at the Sylvania, Georgia bullring and the World
of Outlaws Late Model Series season opener paid $10,000 to the
winner. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the quickest lap in Group
A during time trials and later scored an impressive heat race
victory in preliminary action. After drawing the sixth starting
spot prior to the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap headliner,
Frankie eventually finished right where he started... in the sixth
position behind only race winner Steve Casebolt, Brandon Overton,
Billy Moyer, Josh Richards, and Shane Clanton.
(February 5, 2015)
The annual running of the 'Winter Freeze' started tonight
at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia with an unsanctioned
Super Late Model special, which boasted a $5,000 payday. Frank
Heckenast, Jr. posted the third fastest lap overall during the
qualifying session, which locked him directly into the inside
of the second row for the start of the 40-lapper. Frankie then
climbed all the way up to second at the finish and trailed only
victor Josh Richards at the checkers!