RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell — Performance Motorsports Network audio –Kathy Rodgers Heckert photo –
HScott Motorsports driver Scott Heckert has a big reason to celebrate this holiday season, after announcing he will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015.
On the heels of the announcement, Heckert is driven heading into 2015 as he seeks more victories and looks to hand team owner Harry Scott — HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks — their third straight championship in the K&N Pro Series (teammate Ben Rhodes scored the title this past season and Dylan Kwasniewski earned the crown in 2013).
“I am thrilled to be back with HScott Motorsports in the K&N Pro Series,” Heckert explained. “As far as next season goes, I am excited. We have the same core as last season – same crew chief, car chief and mechanics. Some other things switched around but that will just make us stronger.”
“But it feels good to be back with same group of guys. I think we showed at the end of last season that we have what it takes to win races and run top five – which is key to winning the championship.”
Before moving into next season the Ridgefield, Connecticut native looked back on his 2014 season – one that started slow and ended with a bang.
“I think our season started turning around at the first trip to Iowa (Speedway) where we finished third.” Heckert said. “And that started the streak of good finishes. So that finish (at Iowa) was the most memorable since it turned our (luck) around.”
And once the momentum was on the sophomore driver’s side, he became an immediate contender, earning his first win at Watkins Glen (on a NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series companion weekend) and then coming back the next week to score his second series victory at Virginia International Raceway.
“I think the Watkins Glen win stuck out most to me personally,” Heckert said. “But career-wise, I think going to Virginia International Raceway eight days later and proving that (Watkins Glen) was not a fluke meant the most. I think that was important for me and the team to go back and (reaffirm) the win. I guess Watkins Glen is what I think about the most though.”
Heckert finished the season with the two wins, six top fives and eight top ten finishes — landing him eighth in the championship standings.
With 2014 behind him, Heckert now turns his focus on making 2015 even more memorable — and it is shaping up to be just that after he announced his return to the newly-restructured HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. (The team arose from the remains of what was Turner Scott Motorsports.)
“We had been talking about (re-signing) with HScott since the season ended,” Heckert said. “And we knew that if we were returning to the K&N East that we would come back with Harry Scott since we love this organization – they are like family. And no other team works harder, that is why we get the results that we have gotten on the track.”
It is certainly great to be back and have it all in writing. It is probably the best Christmas gift that I have gotten this holiday season.”
Heckert, now 21, has a little swagger behind his step as he enters the 2015 season hoping to bolster his ever growing resume. It’s a resume he hopes will lead to a ride at the NASCAR national levels down the road.
But for right now, he’s simply appreciative of the chance he has — and looks to continue taking advantage of it going forward.
“Not many people get to do what I’ve been blessed enough to be able to over the last year or so,” Heckert said. “For that I’m extremely grateful.”
“It’s an opportunity that I plan to use to its fullest in 2015. Once the holidays are over — then it’s full steam ahead.”
Listen in to our full interview with Heckert during last week’s season-ending Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show: