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HECKENAST STARTS 2023 IN SUNSHINE NATIONALS...
(January 21, 2023) Unstable weather conditions at Volusia Speedway Park has forced World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series and track officials to cancel tonight's annual 'Sunshine Nationals' finale. This decision comes after working closely with Meteorologist Wayne Mahar from the Precision Weather Service and monitoring the local weather over the past 48 hours. The $20,000 to win spectacular at the Barberville, Florida oval will not be rescheduled. (Chris Anderson Photo)

(January 20, 2023) Round two of the annual 'Sunshine Nationals' took center stage tonight at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park and another $8,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Frank Heckenast, Jr. knocked down the twelfth quickest lap in Group A during World of Outlaws Late Model Series qualifying and later finished sixth in his stacked heat race and second in his B-Main. The Frankfort, Illinois standout then placed twenty-third in the final rundown of the 25-lapper.

(January 19, 2023) The Heckenast Racing team lifted the lid to their 2023 campaign earlier tonight in the 'Sunshine Nationals' opener at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida. A total of 47 competitors signed into the VSP pit area to compete in the World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series showdown, which boasted an $8,000 top prize. Frank Heckenast, Jr. clicked off the tenth quickest time in Group A during the qualifying session and was later credited with a strong second place finish in his heat race. After drawing the fifth starting spot prior to the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap feature, Frankie ultimately slipped back to fifteenth in the final finishing order.

TOP TEN IN FALL 50 FINALLY ENDS HECKENAST'S SEASON
(October 23, 2022) The 2022 campaign for Heckenast Racing finally came to a close on Saturday, October 22 at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. The annual running of the 'Fall 50' took place yesterday at the Cincinnati-area venue and a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs. Frank Heckenast, Jr. stopped the clock eighth quickest overall during the Super Late Model qualifying session before running fourth in his loaded heat race. After starting the 50-lap season finale from the inside of the sixth row, Frankie was able to move up inside of the top ten to ultimately place eighth in the final finishing order of the 'Fall 50.' Complete results from yesterday's season-ending visit to Florence Speedway can be found online by clicking on www.florencespeedway.com. (Ryan Roberts Photography)

FRANK, JR. MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO GRANITE CITY
(October 16, 2022) With his 2022 racing season supposedly over, Frank Heckenast, Jr. made a surprise visit to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on Saturday night, October 15. The Lucas Oil MLRA Series presided over their season finale last night at the St. Louis-area venue and a $7,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Frankie was quick right out of the box, as he earned Fast Time honors during qualifying prior to securing a heat race triumph. After rolling off from the pole position in the 40-lap headliner, Frankie fought hard to stay at the front of the stout field before eventually winding up seventh in the final rundown. Complete results from Tri-City Speedway can be located online at www.mlraracing.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

HECKENAST RACING WRAPS UP SEASON IN FALS FRENZY
(October 9, 2022) The 2022 racing season came to a close for Heckenast Racing over the October 7-8 weekend at Fairbury Speedway. The annual running of 'FALS Frenzy' took place at the downtown Fairbury, Illinois oval and the MARS Racing Series doubleheader kicked off with a $5,000 to win throwdown on Friday night. Frank Heckenast, Jr. finished ninth in his loaded heat race and eighth in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out of the 40-lap feature event.

With a $15,000 paycheck up for grabs in Saturday's season finale, Frankie earned Fast Time honors during qualifying before placing seventh in his heat race and third in his B-Main. The Frankfort, Illinois native had no luck throughout the weekend and unfortunately missed out on the 50-lap headliner as well. Complete results from the season-ending 'FALS Frenzy' can be located online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. FOURTH IN HARVEST HUSTLE OPENER!
(October 2, 2022) The #99jr team made their way to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois on September 30-October 1 for the 2nd edition of the 'Harvest Hustle.' The Lucas Oil MLRA Series doubleheader kicked off on Friday night in the Land of Lincoln with a $5,000 to win tussle. Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed second in his heat race prior to winding up fourth in the 40-lap feature behind only victor Chad Simpson, Brian Shirley, and Jason Feger. In Saturday's weekend finale, which boasted a $7,000 top prize, Frankie earned Fast Time honors in qualifying and ran second in his heat race before a flat tire unfortunately relegated him to a disappointing twentieth place effort in the 50-lapper. Complete results from Sycamore Speedway can be obtained online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

FRANK HECKENAST, JR. BATTLES XR FOES AT KOKOMO
(September 21, 2022) Heckenast Racing made their way to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana on September 19-20 for the inaugural running of the 'Kokomo Dirt Nationals,' which was sanctioned by the XR Super Series. On Monday night in the $20,000 to win opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. ran fourth in his heat race and later won his B-Main before advancing up to finish eleventh in the 40-lap main event. At Kokomo on Tuesday evening in the finale, which boasted a whopping $40,000 paycheck, Frankie placed fifth in his loaded heat race, won his B-Main once again, and later wound up twentieth in the final finishing order of the 60-lapper. Complete results from the 'Kokomo Dirt Nationals' can be found online by logging onto www.racexr.com. (Josh James Artwork)

HECKENAST RACING LEAVES KNOXVILLE AFTER RAIN...
(September 18, 2022) The #99jr team was in the pit area at the sprawling Knoxville Raceway from September 15-17 for the 18th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' Things kicked off at the Knoxville, Iowa facility with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the opener, Frank Heckenast, Jr. unfortunately just missed out on the 25-lap feature event after running fourth in both his heat race and his B-Main. In a similar show on Friday evening, Frankie placed third in his loaded heat race prior to winding up twenty-first in the final finishing order of the 25-lapper.

At the 1/2-mile Hawkeye State speedplant on Saturday a $50,000 top prize was scheduled to be up for grabs in the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' headliner. Unfortunately, the crown jewel contest was pushed back to Sunday afternoon due to heavy rain showers and the Heckenast Racing team opted to load up and leave the track instead of starting in a B-Main the following day. Complete results from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

IMPRESSIVE RUNNER-UP FOR HECKENAST, JR. AT FALS!!!
(September 14, 2022) On Tuesday evening, September 13, the Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series sanctioned the annual 'One for the Road' at Fairbury Speedway and a $22,022 top prize was on the line at the downtown Fairbury, Illinois oval. Frank Heckenast, Jr. was one of the 42 competitors that piled into the pit area at #FALS and he started off the night by laying down the fourth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying. Frankie then secured a popular win in his loaded heat race and later started the 50-lap main event from the inside of the second row. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then slipped back a few spots before making a late charge through the top five to land a close runner-up performance behind only victor Bobby Pierce! Full results from last night at Fairbury Speedway can be found online by accessing www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

FRANKIE ENJOYS SOLID LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN ILLINOIS!
(September 4, 2022) A pair of $10,000 winner's checks were on the line for the Heckenast Racing team over the Labor Day holiday weekend with the MARS Racing Series in the Land of Lincoln. On Friday night, September 2 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, Frank Heckenast, Jr. placed third in his heat race during preliminary action prior to advancing all the way up to fifth in the 40-lap feature to trail only victor and cousin Mike Spatola, Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, and Kyle Bronson. At Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, September 3, Frankie won his loaded heat race and later wound up sixth at the checkers in the 50-lap headliner. Complete results from both Illinois bullrings can be found online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HECKENAST, JR. LANDS PAIR OF TOP TENS AT DAVENPORT
(August 28, 2022) The month of August for Frank Heckenast, Jr. was capped off in a big way in the 'Quad Cities 150' at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa from August 25-27. The World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series once again sanctioned the three-day extravaganza, which started with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the opener, Frankie ran third in his heat race and ninth in the 40-lap feature event. At the 1/4-mile oval on Friday evening, Frankie placed third once again in his heat race prior to moving up to finish eighth in the 40-lapper.

The 'Quad Cities 150' then concluded on Saturday and a huge crowd was on hand in the Hawkeye State to witness the finale, which boasted a hefty $30,000 windfall. Frankie grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race and later rolled off from the outside of the eighth row in the 70-lap headliner. Unfortunately, the Frankfort, Illinois standout was an early retiree in the contest and was officially paid for a twenty-second place showing. Complete results from Davenport Speedway can be found online by clicking on www.woolms.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

FRANKIE LEADS EARLY; FINISHES FOURTH AT KANKAKEE
(August 20, 2022) Frank Heckenast, Jr. and the Heckenast Racing team rolled into Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois on Friday evening, August 19. The MARS Racing Series presided over the 'Big Daddy Scrap 40' and a $5,000 paycheck was on the line. Frankie stopped the clock third fastest overall during the qualifying session prior to securing a popular victory in his loaded heat race.

After starting the 40-lap feature from the inside of the second row, Frankie led the contest early in the distance before he was overtaken for the point by his cousin Mike Spatola on lap thirteen. The Frankfort, Illinois ace then raced hard to stay inside of the top five and ultimately wound up fourth in the final rundown behind only victor Spatola, Ryan Unzicker, and McKay Wenger. Complete results from last night at Kankakee can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com.

TRIO OF TOP FIVES FOR HECKENAST RACING IN IOWA!
(August 14, 2022) The #99jr team entered a trio of Lucas Oil MLRA Series showdowns in the Hawkeye State from August 11-13 and were able to knock down three strong performances! On Thursday night at C.J. Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa, Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in second fastest overall during qualifying prior to running second in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 30-lap feature, Frankie wound up right where he started... in the fourth position behind only $8,000 victor Tony Jackson, Jr., Spencer Diercks, and Chris Simpson!

The action then quickly shifted to the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa on Friday evening, as a $5,000 top prize was up for grabs. Frankie won his heat race prior to again placing fourth in the 30-lapper behind only winner Spencer Diercks, Chad Simpson, and Chris Simpson. In Saturday's $5,000 to win weekend finale at Maquoketa Speedway in Maquoketa, Iowa, Frankie finished second in his heat race and later drove to an impressive third place podium effort in the 30-lap finale behind only race winner Tony Jackson, Jr. and runner-up Chris Simpson! Complete results from each of these three races can be found online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

HECKENAST RACING TRANSFERS INTO USA NATIONALS
(August 7, 2022) The Heckenast Racing team made their annual August trip to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin from August 4-6 for the 35th edition of the 'USA Nationals.' Things kicked off with a $6,000 to win shootout on Thursday night, which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series. Frank Heckenast, Jr. timed in thirteenth fastest in Group A during the qualifying session before placing eighth in his heat race and fourth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, that consolation race finish was one mere spot away from a coveted transfer position into the 30-lap main event that was ultimately won by Mike Marlar.

At Cedar Lake on Friday evening, a double set of qualifying heat races were held to help set the stage for Saturday's $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals.' Frankie advanced to third in his first heat race of the night, while he moved up to fourth in his final heat race. By virtue of racking up the ninth most passing points during preliminary action, Frankie rolled off from the inside of the fifth row in the 100-lap headliner on Saturday. The Frankfort, Illinois standout quickly vaulted towards the top five early in the distance, but eventually ran into problems late in the 'USA Nationals' and was relegated to a sixteenth place showing. Complete results from the entire weekend can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Todd Boyd Photo)

 

 

 

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