Chub’s First Top-Five Finish Of 2009

BEAR LAKE, PA - Chub Frank’s first trip to Texas in five years was pretty enjoyable.

The highlight was Chub’s fifth-place finish in Saturday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Lone Star 100 at Battleground Speedway, a three-eighths-mile oval outside Houston. It was the first top-five run of the 2009 tour for the 47-year-old star from Bear Lake, Pa.

“I was happy with that (fifth place),” said Chub, who left Texas tied with Rick Eckert for seventh in the WoO LMS point standings, 56 points behind leader Josh Richards. “It was a pretty good run for us. We needed a top-five finish bad.”

On Friday night Chub timed 10th fastest in the 33-car time-trial session and finished third in a heat race to lock into the 10th starting spot for Saturday night’s inaugural Lone Star 100. He slipped back several positions early in the A-Main, but he rallied and nearly overtook Richards for fourth on the final lap until the bid was short-circuited by a fuel-system problem in his 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*.

“With about seven, eight laps to go, the engine started missing like it was running out of fuel,” said Chub. “On the last lap I was all the way up beside Josh out of (turn) four and it quit. We have some sort of problem when the (cell) gets down on fuel.

“We already had the fuel cell apart, so unless there’s a slice in the fuel line I didn’t see that’s making it suck air or something, I don’t know what the problem is. It did it last night in the heat race, but it didn’t do it tonight until late in the race so we’ll have to see what’s going on.”

Chub was very complimentary toward Battleground’s track-preparation crew for whipping up a surface that provided side-by-side action from start-to-finish in the 100-lapper.

“It was an awesome racetrack,” said Chub. “It was a little choppy in some spots, but that’s good because it made you have to race around on it.

“I guarantee the fans saw a helluva race. I know what was going on up front, and I guarantee stuff was going on in the back the same way.”

Chub’s visit to the Lone Star State allowed him to spend time with Texas dirt Late Model racers Chris Brown and Kevin Sitton, both of whom drive cars that Chub once campaigned. Brown sold a former Chub car to Sitton last year, and last month Brown purchased another Rocket machine Chub had in his shop and commissioned Chub to prepare it before putting it on a car carrier to send it to him.

Next on Chub’s hit list is the Circle K Colossal 100 this weekend (March 27-28) at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The $50,000-to-win event is sanctioned by the WoO LMS but offers only show-up points toward the tour title


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