CHARLOTTE, N.C. and RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Audio by Managing Editor Jacob Seelman – Jonathan Moore/Getty Images North America photo –
Scott Heckert can label himself the “mystery man” entering the 2016 racing season.
Amidst an offseason filled with changes across the board, stretching from the NASCAR national series to the NASCAR touring series, the Ridgefield, Conn. native has slipped under the radar – avoiding the rumor mill and remaining quiet in the profound silly season.
However, with just a month before Daytona Speedweeks, Heckert still has not announced a ride, or plan, for the upcoming 2016 season. He does, though, have some options on his mind.
“I do know some of the options we have (for next season),” Heckert told Race Chaser Online during the NASCAR Touring Series Champion’s Week festivities. “Definitely some ARCA [Racing Series] or [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series stuff is heavy on our mind.”
“It’s possible we could be affiliated with [HScott] or some of the teams that they’re affiliated with, as well. There are some
Following a second place finish in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings, Heckert carries optimism about what he is capable of. While he came up short of teammate and champion William Byron, Heckert recorded two wins and nine top five finishes in a career year.
Regret and ‘what could have been’ thoughts – in regard to coming up short of the championship – still circle through Heckert’s head, but being the positive spirit that he is, Heckert recognized his improvement and progression.
“This season was definitely a big improvement from 2014,” he acknowledged. “I think I matured as a driver and just became better all around. It was almost like the tale that could have been, and that is how racing can be. So, unfortunately, just came out with second place [in the championship].”
With it also being his third full-time season in the series, Heckert is now looking for a change and a move up the ladder.
“We see that (moving up) as the next step up after running so well in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, with all the wins and top fives we have been able to get. We just want to build on the momentum from this season, thought we had the championship, but now we just wanna go race for some wins in other series.”
No matter which direction he heads, however, Heckert still hopes to utilize everything he has learned in the K&N Pro Series, which was a lot over three years, especially this past season.
“[It’s about] just being smart during the races, and also understanding what you need to get out of each race, instead of racing for each and every position. Just knowing it is not always about that race, it is about the bigger picture.”
For Heckert, the bigger picture is still foggy at best, but he has hopes it will clear up soon – and allow him a seat to strap into during Daytona Speedweeks in February.
Listen in to an extended cut of Race Chaser Online’s conversation with Scott Heckert by clicking on the player below:
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Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and in addition to his writing duties is also the public relations director for NASCAR Next member Austin Hill. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Md., and is in his sophomore year. He is just 15 years old.
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