JR. A CLOSE RUNNER-UP IN SEASON FINALE!
17, 2021) Following a rain-out on Friday
night, the Heckenast Racing team and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series both
wrapped up their 2021 season on Saturday evening, October 16 at
Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. The show last night
at the St. Louis-area oval drew a 25 car field to vie for the $7,000
paycheck. Frank Heckenast, Jr. laid down the third quickest time
overall during the qualifying session before claiming a strong second
place finish in his loaded heat race. Frankie then vaulted past
four competitors during the 40-lapper to finish a close runner-up
behind only feature victor Brian Shirley! Full results from the
season finale at Tri-City Speedway can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. WINS CAREER
HIGH $15,000 AT FALS!!!
10, 2021) Frank Heckenast, Jr., of Frankfort,
Illinois, claimed the richest win of his career on Saturday evening,
October 9 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Frankie
qualified well and later won his heat race in preliminary action
to earn the rights to the outside of the second row for the start
of the annual 'FALS Frenzy.' He then methodically worked his way
towards the front of the stellar field during the caution-free feature
and eventually grabbed the point from leader Gordy Gundaker on the
34th circuit. Frankie stretched out his lead during the remainder
of the 50-lapper and crossed the finish line first at FALS to pocket
the $15,000 payday ahead of a top five that included runner-up Brandon
Sheppard, Gordy Gundaker, Ryan Unzicker, and Tanner English! Complete
results from last night at Fairbury Speedway can be viewed online
(Todd Healy Photo)
HECKENAST, JR. SHOWS CONSISTENT SPEED
19, 2021) Next up on the racing calendar
for the Heckenast Racing team was a visit to the historic Knoxville
Raceway from September 16-18 for the 17th edition of the 'Lucas
Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel extravaganza
at the Knoxville, Iowa speedplant started with a pair of preliminary
programs - each of which boasted a $7,000 winner's check. Frank
Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race on Thursday night prior
to placing eleventh in the 25-lap feature. In the Hawkeye State
on Friday evening, Frankie secured a heat race victory before knocking
down a solid tenth place effort in the 25-lapper.
At the 1/2-mile oval on Saturday, all eyes were focused on the
conclusion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie, as a
whopping $50,000 paycheck was up for grabs. By virtue of racking
up the fifteenth highest point total during preliminary action,
Frankie earned the rights to the inside of the eighth row for the
start of the 100-lap headliner. During the course of the century-long
grind, the Frankfort, Illinois ace fought hard for a top ten showing
before winding up eleventh in the final finishing order of the 'Lucas
Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' Complete results from Knoxville
Raceway can be accessed online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES FOR
TOP TEN IN FALS SPECIAL
14, 2021) A special Monday night showdown
greeted the #99jr team on September 13 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown
Fairbury, Illinois. The Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series
schedule fired back up last night at FALS and the event dubbed as
'One for the Road' shelled out a $15,000 paycheck. Frank Heckenast,
Jr. stopped the clock tenth fastest overall during the qualifying
session before placing third in his loaded heat race. After starting
the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the fourth row and getting
caught up in an early tangle, Frankie was able to rebound to salvage
a ninth place performance. Complete results from Fairbury Speedway
can be located by pointing your web browser to www.fairburyspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
HECKENAST RECORDS TOP TEN IN 50TH
ANNUAL WORLD 100!
12, 2021) The Heckenast Racing team and
driver Frank Heckenast, Jr. made their way to the Buckeye State
from September 8-11 for the double 'World 100s' held at the famed
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The 51st edition of the "Granddaddy
of Them All" started on Wednesday night with a pair of Twin
25 preliminary events - each of which paid $10,000 to the winner.
Frankie started off his busy week by finishing sixth in his heat
race, second in his B-Main, and twentieth in his 25-lap feature
event. At Eldora on Thursday in the crown jewel extravaganza, Frankie
ran fifth in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main before winning
the B-Scramble and winding up twenty-second in the final rundown
of the $54,000 to win headliner.
On Friday evening at the "Big E," the 50th
Annual 'World 100' got underway with $10,000 to win Twin 25s. Frankie
grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race before placing
twelfth in his 25-lap sprint. In Saturday's lucrative 'World 100,'
which shelled out a $53,000 top prize, the Frankfort, Illinois native
finished seventh in his heat race before claiming the third and
final transfer spot through his B-Main. Frankie then blasted past
fifteen competitors during the 100-lap grind to leave Eldora Speedway
with a strong tenth place performance in the 'World 100.' Complete
results from the storied 1/2-mile oval can be located by visiting
(Todd Healy Photo)
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. SALVAGES SEVENTH
5, 2021) The lone event for the #99jr team
over the hectic Labor Day racing weekend came on Saturday, September
4 at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. The annual running
of the 'FALS Super Nationals' took place last night at FALS and
the MARS Racing Series special paid out $10,000 to the winner. Frank
Heckenast, Jr. earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session
prior to securing the victory in his heat race. After starting the
50-lap feature from the pole position and leading the first seven
circuits, Frankie was unfortunately involved in a lap 25 skirmish
and had to fight his way back from the tail. The Frankfort, Illinois
standout eventually placed seventh in the final finishing order
of the 'FALS Super Nationals.' Complete results from last night
can be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com.
HECKENAST, JR. ON PODIUM IN QUAD
CITIES 150 OPENER!
29, 2021) The inaugural running of the 'Quad
Cities 150' took place from August 26-28 and brought the Heckenast
Racing team to Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa for the three-day
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series show. Things
kicked off in the Hawkeye State with a pair of $10,000 to win throwdowns.
Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed second in his heat race on Thursday
night before advancing past four competitors during the 40-lap opener
en route to a sterling third place podium performance behind only
winner Devin Moran and runner-up Bobby Pierce. In a similar program
on Friday evening, Frankie finished second in his heat race and
eighth in the 40-lapper.
On Saturday, a whopping $30,000 paycheck was up for
grabs in the 'Quad Cities 150' grand finale. For the third straight
night, Frankie ran second in his loaded heat race and later rolled
off from the inside of the third row in the 70-lap headliner. The
Frankfort, Illinois standout then fought for a top five spot early
in the distance before winding up ninth at the unfurling of the
checkered flag. Complete results from each of these three races
can be found by logging onto www.woolms.com.
PAIR OF STRONG FINISHES FOR HECKENAST,
JR. IN MICHIGAN!
21, 2021) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr
team headed to the Wolverine State on August 19-20 for a pair of
DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdowns. On Thursday night in a $5,000
to win program at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan, Frankie
ran second in his heat race and later climbed two spots during the
40-lapper en route to a strong fourth place effort behind only race
winner Devin Moran, Tanner English, and Ashton Winger. At Tri-City
Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan on Friday evening, a $10,000
top prize was on the line in the penultimate event on the "Hell
Tour." The Frankfort, Illinois ace won his heat race, led the
first eighteen circuits of the 40-lap contest, and eventually wound
up third at the checkers behind only victor Ashton Winger and runner-up
Devin Moran. Full results from both Summer Nationals races can be
found online by clicking on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES TO USA
NATIONALS TOP TEN
8, 2021) Next up for the Heckenast Racing
team was a visit to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway on August 5-7
for the 34th Annual 'USA Nationals.' The crown jewel extravaganza,
which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series, kicked off at the New Richmond, Wisconsin oval
on Thursday with a $6,000 to win shootout. Frank Heckenast, Jr.
clicked off the twelfth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying
prior to grabbing the third and final transfer spot through his
loaded heat race. In the 30-lap main event, which was pushed back
to late Friday afternoon due to rain showers, Frankie was an early
retiree and was officially placed twenty-third in the final rundown.
Later on Friday at Cedar Lake, Frankie finished second
in his first heat race of the night, while he wound up eighth in
his final prelim. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then nabbed the
third transfer spot through his B-Main on Saturday evening to earn
the twenty-first starting position in the $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals.'
After slowing to draw a lap 53 caution flag, Frankie battled back
to claim a hard-fought tenth place effort in the attrition-filled,
100-lap headliner. Full results from the 'USA Nationals' weekend
can be located online at www.woolms.com.
HECKENAST, JR. FIFTH IN FALS PRELIM;
ADVANCES INTO PDC
1, 2021) The #99jr team closed out a busy
month of July on July 30-31 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury,
Illinois. The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
once again sanctioned the annual running of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic'
and 74 competitors piled into the pit area to do battle for the
whopping $50,000 winner's check. At FALS on Friday night, Frank
Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the fifteenth quickest lap in Group A
during qualifying before streaking up to fifth in his 25-lap qualifying
feature to finish fifth behind only $3,000 victor Ryan Gustin, Shannon
Babb, Chris Madden, and Chris Simpson.
When Saturday evening rolled around in the Land of
Lincoln, Frankie secured a B-Main triumph and later rolled off from
the inside of the ninth row in the 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' The Frankfort,
Illinois ace tried to move forward early in the 100-lap affair before
ultimately being paid for a twenty-second place performance. Full
results from the lucrative PDC weekend can be obtained by accessing
(Todd Healy Photo)
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. NABS TOP FIVE
IN I-80 OPENER!
25, 2021) Heckenast Racing trekked west to
I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 20-24 for a lucrative
stretch of racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Things
kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary shows leading
into the 'I-80 Nationals.' Frank Heckenast, Jr. started and finished
fifth in Tuesday's 30-lap opener behind only winner Brandon Overton,
Hudson O'Neal, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Kyle Bronson, but unfortunately
got caught up in a B-Main wreck on Wednesday and missed out on the
night's 30-lapper. By virtue of racking up the ninth most points
in preliminary action, Frankie rolled off from the inside of the
fifth row in the 53-lap headliner on Thursday. The Frankfort, Illinois
ace wound up finishing seventeenth in the $30,000 to win 'I-80 Nationals.'
Over the weekend at the Cornhusker State venue, a
whopping $53,000 top prize was up for grabs in the annual running
of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' In the double set of heat races
on Friday, Frankie finished third in his first heat race before
placing sixth in his final prelim of the night. He then grabbed
the second transfer spot through his B-Main on Saturday to earn
the outside of the eleventh row for the start of the 80-lap grand
finale. Frankie eventually recorded a nineteenth place performance
in the crown jewel extravaganza. Full results from the last five
days can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HECKENAST RACING LANDS IN WOOLMS
VICTORY LANE AGAIN!
19, 2021) Frankfort, Illinois standout Frank
Heckenast, Jr. continued his recent hot streak with another $10,000
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph on Saturday
night, July 17 at I-94 Sure Step Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota!
After timing in seventh fastest overall during qualifying and running
second in his heat race, Frankie drew the outside of the front row
for the start of the 40-lap main event. From there, he set sail
by leading each and every circuit to wire the field to collect the
five-figure payday ahead of Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Bruening, Chris
Madden, and Ryan Gustin!
In other action with the Outlaws last week, the Heckenast Racing
team found themselves in competition in similar $10,000 to win shootouts
at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin, River Cities Speedway
in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie,
Wisconsin. On Tuesday at Superior, Frankie ran fourth in his heat
race, but a tangle on lap 30 of the headliner dropped him to a seventeenth
place showing. At River Cities on Friday, Frankie moved past five
competitors in the feature to knock down a solid sixth place showing.
In the finale on Sunday at Red Cedar, Frankie unfortunately suffered
motor issues at the start of the A-Main and was forced to retire
in the twenty-fourth spot. Complete results from each of these four
races can be accessed by logging onto www.woolms.com.
(Jacy Norgaard Photo)
FRANK HECKENAST, JR. WINS $10,000
11, 2021) Frank Heckenast, Jr., celebrating
his 33rd birthday in perfect fashion, picked up his second career
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph on Friday
night, July 9 at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota! Frankie
timed in fifth fastest overall during the qualifying session before
running second in heat race action. The Frankfort, Illinois standout
then drew the pole position for the 40-lap shootout and was in position
to take advantage of race-long leader Cade Dillard's trouble to
inherit the point on lap 28. Frankie then led the final thirteen
circuits to bag the $10,000 top prize over a top five that consisted
of runner-up Brandon Sheppard, Ryan Gustin, Chris Madden, and Brent
In the second night of the Jackson Motorplex doubleheader on Saturday,
a $20,000 winner's check was up for grabs for the cars and stars
racing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
tour. Frankie once again clicked off the fifth quickest lap during
qualifying before running second in his stacked heat race. After
rolling off from the inside of the second row in the 50-lap grand
finale, Frankie moved up to second late in the contest to land in
the runner-up spot behind only victor Dennis Erb, Jr.! Full results
from the weekend in the Gopher State can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
(Jacy Norgaard Photo)