Chub Frank Hoping His Bad Luck Is Done After Escaping Injury In Hard Crash At Hagerstown Speedway

The 47-year-old star from Bear Lake, Pa., w as leading the B-Main for the evening’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series ‘Stanley Schetrompf Classic’ when a steering malfunction sent him head-long into an opening in the tracks inside guardrail entering turn three. A fierce impact literally tore the entire front clip off Chub’s 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*, which came to rest at the top of the track with just a single bolt still connecting its engine to the motor plate.
While the 2006 Rocket machine he calls ‘Old Faithful’ was demolished – its mangled front frame rails and right-front tire ended up in a heap in turn four after being hit by the passing car driven by Matt Lux – Chub escaped the wreck with only a bruised foot and expected muscle soreness.

“I was just trying to keep going straight,” Chub said when asked what went through his mind when his car’s steering broke as he headed down the backstretch. “I was running three-wheel brakes, so I knew if I hit the brake I’d go to the left and hit the wall head-on. I was hoping I could make it to the end of the straightaway and then spin it out in the corner, but the car kept pulling left and I ended up catching the wall right at the opening.

“We couldn’t determine what broke in the steering because everything from the front of the car was just destroyed, but I don’t consider it a parts failure. It was probably parts fatigue more than anything. The car was like three years old and was already in a few wrecks – and some of the original stuff was still on it.” Chub, whose car also absorbed a hit to its exposed engine from Jeremy Miller as he slid up the track, credited his Rocket mount with keeping him safe in the cockpit. He also was thankful for the Safety Solutions R-3 head-and-neck restraint apparatus that he’s been wearing for the past year.\

“I have no doubt that without that R-3 deal, it wouldn’t have been good,” said Chub. “I already have vertebra problems, so if I would’ve hit without that thing on I might’ve gotten some pretty bad injuries.”

Coming one day after he failed to qualify for a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway, the crash capped a forgettable weekend for ‘Chubzilla.’ But the positive-thinking driver is confident that he can turn around his lagging fortunes in a pair of World of Outlaws Late Model Series events in the coming days – the $20,000-to-win Buckeye 100 on May 1-2 at K-C Raceway in Alma, Ohio, and the ‘Showdown in Sarvertown’ on May 5 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.

“Racing can knock you down in a hurry and right now things aren’t going very well for us,” said Chub, whose last win on the WoO LMS came on May 18, 2008, at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway. “We’ve been struggling for the last year. We have a fast car once in awhile, but we haven’t been consistently fast.

“I have faith that everything will turn around and we’ll get going. You just gotta keep plugging along and keep working.”

Chub enters the weekend ranked seventh in the WoO LMS points standings, 72 points behind leader Darrell Lanigan.



 

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