Scott Heckert finished the first half of the 2014 K&N Pro Series East schedule on a high note by capturing his first career 21 Means 21 Pole this past weekend at Langley Speedway (VA). The speed continued throughout the 175-lap event as Heckert led his first laps in the series and went on to claim his second top-five finish of the season.
The fourth-place result and first Pole Award have Heckert pumped up for the stretch run of the 2014 K&N East season.
“Feels really good to get the pole and lead my first laps,” said Heckert. “It was a whole team effort to put a new front clip and new body on (the car) after a crash last time in Pensacola.”
Heckert rebounded from a car-damaging incident at Five Flags Speedway on June 23 and rocketed to the top of the speed chart in practice and in qualifying while running consistently with the leaders in the feature.
“It definitely feels good to be running back up where we know we should be.”
While a top-five is strong, Heckert wanted to be a few spots higher and celebrating in victory lane like his teammate Ben Rhodes was at Langley. Still, Heckert has had no regrets about biding his time through the middle of the race before making his move in the later stages.
“I think we had the second-fastest car tonight. That last caution threw us off a little bit. I think if it had gone green to the end we would have been second.”
Heckert’s confidence is at an all-time high with seven races remaining.
“I’m definitely excited. I’m just excited to go to the racetrack now, I think we can win anywhere.”
The next stop for the K&N Pro Series East will be at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Granite State 100 on July 11th.