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Daily Dirt 02/22/2018 18:45:17

September 13
Dirt Oval Route 66 Raceway,
Joliet, IL
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Dirty 30) - $5,000
Information provided by: Track and contributor reports (last updated September 15, 8:12 am)
Heckenast tops Unzicker for Route 66 Dirty 30 win
Dirty 30
  1. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  2. Ryan Unzicker
  3. Brent Larson
  4. Kevin Weaver
  5. Paul Parker
  6. Billy Drake
  7. Mike Spatola
  8. Chad White
  9. Steve Dimmick
  10. Tom Smith
  11. Chase Osterhoff
  12. Doug Hayes
  13. Jeff Riddell
  14. Phil Ausra
  15. Rich Bell
  16. Matt Ramer
  17. Chad Osterhoff
  18. Jay Brendle
  19. Robert Cupsick
  20. Mike Glasscock
  21. Dennis Erb Jr.
  22. Victor Benedetto
presented by
Stan Kalwasinski
Frank Heckenast Jr. grabbed a $5,000 victory Wednesday at Dirt Oval 66.
What won the race: Driving to the outside of Paul Parker on a lap-seven restart, Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., made a pass for the lead and paced the remaining 23 circuits to win Wednesday’s unsanctioned UMP DIRTcar Dirt 30 special at Dirt Oval Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. Heckenast collected $5,000 for winning ahead of Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., and Brent Larson of Lake Elmo, Minn.
Quotable: "At the beginning there, (the track) wasn't as good in the beginning and they kept working it and working it and it came around," said Heckenast Jr. "Dennis (Erb Jr.) was really good there in the beginning. They watered the top and that's where he needed to be and he definitely showed us that. With all them restarts though, who knows what would've happened."
Key notes: A caution on the final lap set up a one-lap shootout for the win. Heckenast barely nipped Unzicker and Larson at the line. ... Dennis Erb Jr., led the first seven laps of the event before jumping the cushion in turn one and slowing against the outside wall. Erb retired and finished 21st. ... Paul Parker, who grabbed second on the opening lap, inherited the lead, but wasn't credited with a lap led as Heckenast passed him in turn four on the restart. ... Heckenast paced the final 23 laps and crossed the finish line 0.157 seconds ahead of a closing Ryan Unzicker. ... Unzicker slid past Parker for second just past the halfway mark. Larson followed Unzicker by Parker on the same lap to grab third. ... Larson passed Unzicker for second with eight laps remaining, but a caution for Rich Bell with four laps left bunched the field, allowing Unzicker to reclaim second on the restart. ... Billy Drake, one of three heat winners, slipped to sixth. ... Heckenast dedicated the win to family friend Bill Clemmons, who recently passed away. ... Featuring Late Models among other divisions, the 3/8th-mile oval has been re-opened by Sherri Heckenast, sister of the race winner. ... The event jumpstarted NASCAR week at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., which is just across the street. ... Dirt Oval Route 66 hosts the World of Outlaws Oct. 13-14.
Winner's sponsors: Heckenast's Black Diamond Race Car is sponsored by St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part, Chicago U-Pic-A-Part, Storage Squares, Chase Decals, Winning Edge Carburetion, Hoosier Racing Tire, Dirt Oval 66, Maxwell Industries, Allstar Performance. TeamDemo.com, Penske Shocks and Dragon Racing Fuels.
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Frank Heckenast Jr.
Time: 15.837 seconds
Heat race winners: Frank Heckenast Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Drake
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.