Tough Luck In Heat Ends Up Dashing Chub Frank’s Hopes Of Memorable ‘Illini 100’ Run

BEAR LAKE, PA – Chub Frank’s hopes for a memorable outing in last Saturday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Illini 100’ at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway pretty much deflated with his right-rear tire during a Friday-night heat race.

The 47-year-old star from Bear Lake, Pa., seemed to have 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* hitting on all cylinders as he led the sixth and final 10-lap qualifying heat on the opening night of the two-day weekend spectacular. But a flat tire midway through the preliminary knocked him from the lead – and even though he made a stirring rally following a pit stop to grab the final transfer spot on the last lap, starting 18th in the Illini 100 field rather in the first three rows proved costly.

Chub, who would have redrawn for one of the top-six starting spots in the $20,000-to-win headliner if he had held on to win the heat, managed only a ninth-place finish in the 100-lapper. His nine-position advance was one of the biggest of anyone in an event that saw passing made difficult by the superiority of the quarter-mile oval’s outside lane, but that was little consolation for ‘Chubzilla.’

“Tonight could’ve been a different story if we don’t get that flat leading the heat (on Friday night),” said Chub. “I don’t know if we could’ve won the race, but if we would’ve been in the draw (for the six heat winners) I’m pretty confident that I could’ve stayed up in the top five.

“They needed to grade the cushion off so you can race all over the track instead of just around the top,” he added. “The cushion was just too fast; everybody just ran around and followed each other up there. That’s boring and hard on equipment.”

Chub’s outing did move him into a tie for sixth in the WoO LMS points standings with Tim Fuller, 68 points behind leader Josh Richards.

With the WoO LMS off this weekend, Chub does not have plans to enter his equipment in any local events. His next action is scheduled to be a WoO LMS doubleheader on April 17 at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway and April 18 at Virginia Motor Speedway.


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