Strong Qualifying Effort Turns To Frustrating ‘Dream’ 100 Run For Chub

BEAR LAKE, PA – Chub Frank was pleased with his qualifying effort for last weekend’s UMP DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned Dirt Late Model Dream XV at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

But the veteran driver known as ‘Chubzilla’ wasn’t so pleased with his performance come feature time on Saturday night.

Chub turned the 22nd-fastest time out of 116 entrants in Friday night’s time-trial session, lapping the half-mile oval at 16.044 seconds. When fast-timer Josh Richards picked a ‘4’ invert, that thrust Chub onto the pole position for Saturday night’s fourth heat race.

“You can’t ask for the invert to work out much better for you,” said Chub, who went on to finish second in the preliminary and earn the 10th starting spot for the 100-lap, $100,000-to-win A-Main.

But after Chub spent the first 10 laps of the feature with 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* seemingly running strong in seventh place, his hopes for success in the Dream went awry. He struggled with suspension problems, fading out of the top 15 by lap 40 and finishing 19th after retiring late in the event.

“The car wasn’t bad in the heat race and it started out good in the feature for about eight or 10 laps,” said Chub, who pitted for some adjustments to his car during the race’s only caution period, on lap 51. “But then it just went away. I don’t know what happened – the thing just started bouncing, like it got bound up in the corners.

“Josh (Richards) and I got together on the first lap – I don’t think he knew I was there,” he continued. “But I don’t know if that caused a problem with the car. It’s just something that’s pretty frustrating to deal with.”

Chub returned to his shop in Bear Lake, Pa., following the Dream with plans to spend the week gearing up his equipment for the eight-race, 10-day World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Great Northern Tour’ that kicks off on June 18 at Ohsweken (Ont.) Speedway and concludes with the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 on June 26-27 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. Part of his work for that trip is preparing a car for his Canadian friend and sponsor Peter Mantha Jr., who will compete in the three Canadian events on the Great Northern Tour schedule.

Chub’s only scheduled racing appearance this weekend is the O’Reilly All-Star Late Model Series event on Sunday night (June 14) at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa.


 

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