JR. EARNS TOP TEN AT BROWNSTOWN
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
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. SIXTH IN $15,000
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
(Photo by Schnarzy)
HECKENAST, JR. RETURNS TO ACTION
IN THAW BRAWL
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)
DIRTCAR NATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS
16, 2019) Frank Heckenast, Jr. wrapped up
the 48th edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' tonight at Volusia (FL)
Speedway Park, as another $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs
for the 45 car field. Frankie placed seventh in his loaded heat
race prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his B-Main.
The Frankfort, Illinois standout then started the 50-lap grand finale
from the inside of the eleventh row, but retired after only 24 circuits
in the twenty-sixth position.
2019) The penultimate event of the 2019 'DIRTcar
Nationals' at Volusia Speedway Park took center stage in the Dirt
Late Model world tonight and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series presided over another $10,000 to win spectacular.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. wound up eighth in his heat race and seventh
in his B-Main, which meant that the Frankfort, Illinois native was
forced to watch the 50-lapper that was once again won by Brandon
2019) Valentine's Day for the #99jr team
was headlined by another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series shootout tonight at Volusia Speedway
Park in Barberville, Florida. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in sixth
fastest in Group B during qualifying and later placed fourth in
both his heat race and his B-Main. Unfortunately, those finishes
were just shy of advancing Frankie into the 50-lap main event that
was eventually won by Brandon Sheppard.
2019) The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series returned to competition tonight at Volusia Speedway
Park and a $10,000 top prize was on the line for the stellar 44
car field. Frank Heckenast, Jr. unfortunately was not able to transfer
into the 50-lap headliner after finishing eleventh in his heat race
and fourteenth in his B-Main.
2019) Tonight's DIRTcar-sanctioned program
at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida has been washed
out from afternoon showers with more rain on the way. The $7,000
to win 'DIRTcar Nationals' showdown at the Daytona Beach-area oval
will not be rescheduled. Action will get back underway at VSP tomorrow,
as the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will
preside over a 50-lapper, which will boast a $10,000 payday.
2019) The 48th edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
for the Super Late Models started tonight at Volusia Speedway Park
with a $7,000 to win shootout at the 1/2-mile Barberville, Florida
speedplant. Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the ninth quickest time
in his group during qualifying before running eighth in his loaded
heat race and ninth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, Frankie was not
able to make the start in the 30-lap sprint, which was eventually
won by Mike Marlar.
BUBBA ARMY WINTER NATIONALS RAINED
10, 2019) A $10,000 to win throwdown at Bubba
Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida was scheduled for tonight to wrap
up the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion of "Speedweeks"
in Georgia and Florida. However, the annual 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals'
was rained-out shortly before hot laps started and the program,
which was set to be highlighted by a 50-lap main event, will not
HECKENAST, JR. STARTS 2019 SEASON
IN WINTER FREEZE
9, 2019) The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series kicked off their version of the 2019 racing season
on February 8-9 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia.
The Peach State venue drew a 39 car field for the 'Winter Freeze
IX,' which featured two complete shows paying $10,000 to win each
night. On Friday night in his season opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr.
unfortunately missed out on the 50-lap headliner after finishing
sixth in his heat race and eleventh in his B-Main. In tonight's
$10,000 to win program, Frankie ran fifth in his stacked heat race,
second in his B-Main, and thirteenth in the 50-lapper after working
his way past seven competitors.