Chub Scores Best Finish Of Season On‘Great Northern Tour’ But Still Searching For Speed

 

BEAR LAKE, PA – July 1, 2009 – Chub Frank is still searching for that elusive combination to get him back to Victory Lane on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Though Chub enjoyed his best finish of the 2009 season and authored several other strong outings during the seven-race ‘Great Northern Tour’ that closed out the month of June for the WoO LMS, he wasn’t satisfied with his performance.

“We did have some good runs, but we’re looking for more,” said the veteran driver from Bear Lake, Pa. “We’re getting a little closer, but we still haven’t got it figured out.”

The highlight of Chub’s grueling 10-day trip through the Northeast with the Outlaws came on June 25 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., where he drove 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* to a second-place finish in the 50-lap ‘Showdown in Sarvertown’ held-over by rain from May 5. He started from the outside pole and led laps 1-4 of the A-Main before settling for a season-high finish behind Josh Richards.

“We made the right move when we changed cars after hot laps,” said Chub. “That (first) car was set up for the slick and I knew (the surface) was gonna be wide open.”

The run put a smile on Chub’s face – specifically, because it made him “happy to get a (substantial) paycheck,” he said. “I haven’t gotten one in awhile.”

Chub also flashed some speed in three other ‘Great Northern Tour’ events, finishing eighth on June 21 at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway; seventh on June 23 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Speedway; and eighth on June 24 at Big Diamond Raceway in Forestville, Pa. He went forward in each of the A-Mains, which was a good sign; however, he simply started too far back to make a bid for victory.

At Cornwall, Chub was scheduled to start 13th in the 50-lap A-Main but had to take the green flag at the rear of the field because he headed back to the pit area for work on his car after presenting his machine on the frontstretch for the pre-race ceremonies. He started 14th in the 40-lapper at Canandaigua (he ended up as the last car on the lead lap after the race’s final 35 circuits ran caution-free) and started 17th in the ‘Coal Country 40’ at Big Diamond after winning a B-Main.

Chub’s more frustrating finishes during the swing came in the opener on June 18 at Ohsweken (Ont.) Speedway (15th after problems under the hood forced him to retire on lap 16); June 22 at Can-Am Motorsports in La Fargeville, N.Y. (16th); and June 27 in the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 at Lernerville (12th after starting 16th).

Chub had high hopes for the big Firecracker event, but he struggled throughout the distance.

“We needed to run the car different set-up wise,” Chub said of his Firecracker effort. “I didn0t think (the track) was gonna go that slow; I thought maybe it would tear up a little bit. We just weren’t very good, especially on the long runs.”

Chub ended the ‘Great Northern Tour’ ranked seventh in the WoO LMS points standings, 146 points behind leader Josh Richards through 21 events.

Chub’s next action with the WoO LMS will be when he heads west for the ‘Wild West Tour,’ a swing of five events that begins on July 8 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. The stretch of racing also will visit North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., on July 9; River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on July 10; Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway on July 14; and Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, S.D., on July 16.


 

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