JJ Hickle Scores 5 Wins in 2015
PETERSEN MEDIA- With the 2015 season wrapped up, JJ Hickle can sit back and reflect on a strong season. Though it was plagued with an injury in the late summer, Hickle was still able to have a strong year that saw him claim five feature event victories between Washington and Montana.
“I really have to thank my family for everything they do for my racing career, as well as Richie and Nubby Peterson for the opportunity they gave me to compete in Montana in 2015 as well,” JJ Hickle said.
Piloting his family owned Bekkevar Logging and Trucking/Vicks 66/Meyers Electric No. 3 entry to start the season, Hickle got off to a great start as he won the season opening event at the Yakima Dirt Track in Yakima, WA.
Hickle continued to be strong in the Pacific Northwest as he raced his way to five Top-10’s in seven starts to kick the year off before climbing aboard the Peterson Racing No. 23 machine in Montana.
Hickle and the Peterson’s were tough in Montana as he picked up three consecutive wins to start a streak of eight straight podium finishes with the ASCS Frontier Region.
While commuting from Washington to Montana to take advantage of an opportunity, Hickle still maintained his family owned car as he would take part in Northwest Speedweek. Though it wasn’t the greatest week, Hickle would still pocket a trio of Top-10 finishes.
In August while competing in the Skagit Speedway Summer Nationals, Hickle would be involved in a scary wreck that ultimately saw him compress three vertebrae in his back, and it would leave him on the sidelines for five weeks, and force him to give up the ASCS Frontier Series point lead.
“It was tough to get hurt in the middle of a pretty strong season,” Hickle said. “There wasn’t anything they could do for me, and all I could do was rest, and I probably got back into the car to early to be truthful.”
Returning from injury in early September, Hickle and his family team would make the trip to Montana where Hickle would win his first race back from injury during the Dan Laber Memorial, and would end up winning the overall title when the weekend came to a close.
As his season came to a close, Hickle would pick up two more Top-10 finishes before a pair of DNF’s closed out his season.
“It was the epitome of an up and down season,” Hickle said. “We would go on streaks of being in the hunt on consecutive weekends, and not being able to stay out of trouble on consecutive weekends. Hopefully in 2016 we are able to get the backing to travel anymore and hopefully we can have another strong season.”
JJ HIckle would like to thank Bekkevar Logging and Trucking, Vicks 66, Meyers Electric, Poverty Bay Bumpers, Highline Performance, and Triple X Racing Products for their continued support.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-33, Wins-5, Top 5’s-15, Top 10’s-23.
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