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PRELIM WRECK FORCES HECKENAST OUT OF PDC
(July 31, 2022) Next up for the #99jr team was the annual running of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' on July 29-30 at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. The World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series presided over the mega-event, which boasted a whopping $50,000 payday plus lap money. On Friday night during preliminary action, Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in thirty-fifth quickest in Group A during the qualifying session, but was unfortunately caught up in a hard wreck during his $3,000 to win preliminary feature. The damage to his machine not only led to a disappointing eighteenth place finish in the 25-lap sprint, but also forced him to scratch from the remainder of the two-day program. Complete results from FALS can be accessed online by clicking on www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANKIE SEVENTH IN HELL TOUR STOP TO TRI-CITY
(July 27, 2022) Following a rain-out with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Wednesday at Thunderbird Raceway, the Heckenast Racing team competed in the final two stops on the "Hell Tour" over the July 22-23 weekend in Michigan. On Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan, Frank Heckenast, Jr. finished fifth in his heat race before winning his B-Main and advancing ten spots during the $10,000 to win feature to land in the seventh position. At Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan on Saturday evening in the $10,000 to win series finale, Frankie placed third in his heat race and eleventh in the 40-lap main event.

The #99jr team then made the trek to the Hawkeye State for a pair of midweek special events. On Monday at Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa in the 'Hawkeye 50,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series, Frankie was awarded a provisional to gain access into the $20,000 to win headliner and ultimately wound up twenty-second in the final finishing order. At Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday, the Frankfort, Illinois ace ran fourth in his heat race and twentieth in the $10,000 to win MARS Racing Series main event. Complete results from each of these races can be found on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com, www.woolms.com, and www.marsracingseries.com. (Terry Page Photo)

#99JR TEAM COMPETES AT STUART & OAKSHADE
(July 17, 2022) The Heckenast Racing team invaded Stuart International Speedway in Stuart, Iowa and Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio from July 11-16 for a trio of high-profile events. Unfortunately, Frank Heckenast, Jr. was unable to transfer into all three feature fields against the stiff competition in both the Hawkeye State and the Buckeye State. At Stuart in a pair of $20,000 to win XR Super Series battles, Frankie finished sixth in his heat race and eighth in his B-Main on Monday, while he ran fifth in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main on Tuesday. When he returned to action in a $10,000 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals shootout on Saturday evening at Oakshade, Frankie placed ninth in his heat race and seventh in his B-Main on the rough racing surface. Complete results from all three races can be found online at www.racexr.com and www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.

HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES LUCAS FOES AT DAVENPORT
(July 7, 2022) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and the #99jr team returned to racing action on Wednesday night, July 6 on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series roared into the Hawkeye State facility to do battle for a $10,000 paycheck. Frankie grabbed the second transfer spot through his stacked heat race and later started the 40-lapper from the inside of the fourth row. Unfortunately, Frankie slipped back through the stacked field and ultimately wound up paid for a twenty-second place performance. Complete results from last night at Davenport Speedway can be located online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

PEVELY PODIUM HEADLINES HECKENAST'S BUSY WEEK
(June 27, 2022) The Heckenast Racing team struck out on a five-race week in the states of Illinois and Missouri from June 22-26 and racked up one podium finish and two additional top ten performances. On Wednesday at Adams County Speedway in Quincy, Illinois, Frank Heckenast, Jr. utilized a provisional to gain access into the $5,000 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature and later blitzed past twelve competitors during the 40-lapper en route to a solid eighth place showing. At Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois on Thursday in a similar contest, Frankie unfortunately missed out on the feature after finishing fifth in his heat race and tenth in his B-Main.

In the 'St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff' opener on Friday night at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, Frankie timed in second fastest in Group B during World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series qualifying, ran second in his heat race, and later moved up three spots during the 40-lap main event to land on the podium in third behind only $10,000 victor Dennis Erb, Jr. and runner-up Billy Moyer, Jr. In Saturday's $20,000 to win finale at Pevely, the Frankfort, Illinois ace placed second in his heat race prior to grabbing a solid seventh place effort in the 55-lap headliner.

The five-race week was then capped off on Sunday at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, as a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs with the World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series. Frankie stopped the clock third quickest overall during time trials and ran second in his heat race for the third straight evening. After drawing the sixth starting spot for the 40-lap A-Main and getting caught up in a first lap incident, Frankie fought back to salvage a thirteenth place effort. Complete results from each of these five races can be found online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com and www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. BUSY DURING OPENING HELL TOUR WEEK
(June 19, 2022) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team entered a total of four DIRTcar Summer Nationals events during the first week of "Hell Tour" action in the states of Illinois and Iowa from June 14-18. While Frankie was unfortunately unable to transfer into the $10,000 to win features at Tri-City (IL) Speedway on Friday and Fairbury (IL) Speedway on Saturday, he had better luck in the first two shows that he entered earlier in the week. In the $5,000 to win Summer Nationals opener on Tuesday night at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois, Frankie earned Fast Time honors in his group during qualifying and later finished third in his heat race before retiring early in the 40-lapper in the twentieth position.

On Thursday evening, another $5,000 top prize was up for grabs at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Frankie stopped the clock second quickest in his group during qualifying, but unfortunately slipped over the banking in his heat race in finishing sixth. After advancing all the way up to third in the B-Main, the Frankfort, Illinois ace was forced to rely on a provisional to gain access into the 40-lap main event. Frankie climbed up several spots during the course of the headliner and flirted with a top ten showing before problems late in the distance dropped him to nineteenth in the final rundown. Complete results from each race can be located online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. TRANSFERS INTO ELDORA PRELIMS
(June 12, 2022) Heckenast Racing made their annual June pilgrimage from the Land of Lincoln to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 8-11 - this time for both the 'Eldora Million' and the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Following a washout on Wednesday in the Buckeye State, the entire 'Eldora Million' program was contested on Thursday. In the $12,000 to win preliminary show in the afternoon, Frank Heckenast, Jr. posted the twenty-ninth quickest lap in his group during qualifying before finishing fifth in his heat race and seventeenth in the 25-lap sprint. In the nightcap, Frankie ran eighth in his stacked heat race and seventeenth in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out of the $1,002,022 to win 'Eldora Million' headliner.

The annual running of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream' then took center stage over the weekend at the "Big E." On Friday evening, Frankie clicked off the twelfth fastest lap in his group during the time trial session prior to nabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. In the 25-lap feature, which shelled out $12,000 to the winner and was pushed back to Saturday afternoon due to inclement weather, the Frankfort, Illinois standout claimed a respectable thirteenth place performance. Later in the day, Frankie placed fifth in his heat race and thirteenth in his B-Main, which was unfortunately not good enough to transfer into the $128,000 to win 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Complete results from each day at Eldora Speedway can be found online at www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Josh James Artwork)

HECKENAST, JR. COMPETES IN GRANITE CITY DOUBLE DIP
(June 4, 2022) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and his #99jr team found themselves in the pit area at Tri-City Speedway on June 2-3 for a pair of Super Late Model special events. On Thursday night in a $5,000 to win DIRTcar program, Frankie timed in twelfth quickest in Group A during qualifying prior to finishing sixth in heat race action. Following a triumph in his B-Main, Frankie placed seventeenth in the final rundown of the 30-lap feature event.

The World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series then rolled into the Granite City, Illinois oval on Friday to preside over a single-day shootout, which boasted a $10,000 payday. Frankie stopped the clock eighth fastest in Group A during time trials and later grabbed the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. With passing at a premium during the 40-lapper, the Frankfort, Illinois standout was an early retiree in the contest and was ultimately paid for a twenty-second place showing. Complete results from both races at the St. Louis-area facility can be viewed online at www.tricityspeedway.net. (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

FRANKIE ON PODIUM AT FAIRBURY AND ELDORA!
(May 30, 2022) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and the Heckenast Racing team returned to action on May 28-29 in a doubleheader weekend in the states of Illinois and Ohio. On Saturday night at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois, Frankie vied for the $3,000 top prize with the MARS Racing Series. After timing in second quickest overall during qualifying and winning his heat race, Frankie fought hard for the lead in the 30-lap feature and eventually slipped to third by the checkers to finish behind only victor and cousin Mike Spatola III and runner-up Jason Feger.

At Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sunday evening, a $5,000 winner's check was on the line in the annual running of the 'Johnny Appleseed Classic.' Frankie stopped the clock eighth fastest in time trials and later ran second in heat race action. On the rugged racing surface in the 30-lapper, the Frankfort, Illinois ace stayed out of trouble and moved up to third to land on the podium behind only race winner Tyler Erb and runner-up Kyle Strickler. Complete results from both Memorial Day weekend races can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com and www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Tyler Carr Racing Photos)

HECKENAST EARNS PAIR OF TOP TENS IN IL SPEEDWEEK
(May 15, 2022) The #99jr team found themselves in dirt-slinging action in the Land of Lincoln from May 11-14 in four high-profile Super Late Model events during "Illinois Speedweek." Up first was a pair of Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series battles at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois and Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois - each of which shelled out a $22,022 winner's check. In the opener at Spoon River on Wednesday, Frank Heckenast, Jr. won his heat race in preliminary action before placing eighth in the 50-lap feature. At Lincoln in a similar show on Thursday evening, Frankie ran fourth in his heat race and won his B-Main prior to finishing nineteenth in the final rundown of the 50-lapper.

Next up for Heckenast Racing was trips to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois over the weekend for a pair of MARS Racing Series tilts. On Friday in a $15,000 to win throwdown at Farmer City, Frankie placed third in his stacked heat race, but problems in the 47-lap main event helped drop him to twenty-first in the final finishing order. In Saturday's $30,000 to win MARS finale at FALS, Frankie ran second in his heat race and ultimately wound up eighth at the unfurling of the checkered flag in the 50-lap headliner. Complete results from all four "Illinois Speedweek" races can be found online by clicking on www.floseries.com and www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. SIXTH IN DAIRYLAND OPENER!
(May 8, 2022) The Heckenast Racing team made the trek north to Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin from May 5-7 for the annual running of the 'Dairyland Showdown.' The World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series presided over the action in the Badger State, which kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran second in his heat race prior to placing sixth in the 40-lap feature behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Stormy Scott, Mike Marlar, Cade Dillard, and Tyler Bruening. At MTS on Friday evening, Frankie clicked off the fastest lap in Group B during qualifying and finished third in his heat race before ultimately retiring from the 40-lapper in the twenty-fourth position.

In Saturday's annual 'Dairyland Showdown' grand finale, a whopping $50,000 top prize was up for grabs for the Super Late Model competitors. Frankie qualified second quickest in Group B during time trials prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the sixth row in the 75-lap headliner, the Frankfort, Illinois standout was unfortunately an early retiree once again and settled for a twenty-seventh place performance. Complete results from all three weekend races can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Jason Durst Photo)

 

 

 

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