Chub Puts Frustrating Season-Opening Southern Trip Behind Him

BEAR LAKE, PA – Chub Frank’s annual season-opening excursion down south was one he’d like to forget.

The 47-year-old veteran from Bear Lake, Pa., qualified for eight of the nine Super Late Model events he entered in Georgia and Florida over a three-week period, but a top finish of eighth certainly left him far from satisfied.

“It just wasn’t that good,” Chub said of his trip, which included visits to Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Ga., for the Super Bowl of Racing V (Jan. 29-31) and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH (Feb. 9-14). “We didn’t really do anything to get excited about.”

Driving his familiar Corry Rubber, Lake Shore Paving, Hino Toyota, All-Star Performance, Corry Laser, Slavic Corporation, Custom Race Engines, GW Performance Chevrolet Impala SS Rocket Chassis No. 1*, Chub kicked off his campaign with three subpar, shake-down outings at the three-eighths-mile Golden Isles oval. He scored finishes of 24th (Jan. 29) and 23rd (Jan. 30) before failing to qualify for the O’Reilly Southern All-Stars Series finale on Jan. 31.

After spending the foll owing week in Florida but away from the track, Chub returned to competition for the six-night meet at the half-mile Volusia facility. Though he’s enjoyed plenty of success at the sweeping oval in the past, Chub managed just three quiet top-10 finishes during the busy week. An eighth-place run in the 30-lap UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned A-Main on Feb. 11 was his best, followed by ninth-place finishes in the 30-lap UMP DIRTcar lidlifter on Feb. 9 and the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series season opener on Feb. 12.

The remainder of Chub’s stay at Volusia was miserable. In UMP DIRTcar action he scored finishes of 22nd (Feb. 10) and 18th (40-lap special on Feb. 13), and in the week’s second WoO LMS 50-lapper, on Feb. 14, he absorbed a 24th-place finish after dropping out following a lap-25 restart tangle that sent him spinning on the homestretch with a broken tie-rod.

“Our biggest problem all week was that we just didn’t qualify very good,” Chub said of his Volusia struggles. “With the way the racetrack was prepared with a lot of moisture in it, it was wide-open and hard to pass on. The track was racy for the guys up front, but you had to be good early in the night to get yourself positioned up there.”

Chub didn’t get off to a fast start in the WoO LMS points standings. He departed Volusia ranked 14th in the points standings, 58 points behind leader Steve Francis.

As if Chub’s performance on the track didn’t frustrate him enough, he was saddened during his southern trip by the loss of his dog Sport. One of two trusty Chihuahuas that travel with Chub and his wife Mary, Sport was hit by a car when he ran off from Chub’s hauler when it was parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the days before the start of Volusia’s action.

Chub will spend the next month hard at his work in his shop, preparing his equipment for his next WoO LMS starts on March 13-14 at Deep South Speedway in Loxley, Ala. The doubleheader will feature a 40-lap, $7,000-to-win show on Fri., March 13, and a 60-lap, $12,000-to-win program on Sat., March 14



 

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