After 15th-Place Finish In World 100, Chub Heads To Midwest
For 3-Race Weekend

BEAR LAKE, PA –  After a World 100 experience that began with much promise but ultimately brought him little satisfaction, Chub Frank is ready for three nights of racing in the Midwest this weekend.

Coming off a 15th-place finish in last Saturday night’s prestigious dirt Late Model event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Chub has plans to compete on Friday night (Sept. 18) in the unsanctioned ‘Dodge Ram 50’ at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and in World of Outlaws Late Model Series shows on Saturday night (Sept. 19) at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., and Sunday night (Sept. 20) at La Salle (Ill.) Speedway.

The 50-lap ‘Pepsi Nationals’ at I-55 will pay $10,000 to win, while the Tri-City program and the 40-lap ‘Best Western Illinois Fall Nationals’ at La Salle carry top prizes of $7,000.

“I’m looking forward to going out there,” Chub said of his trip to the Midwest. “I always look forward to going to I-55 because it’s been pretty racy every time I’ve been there, and we’ve had some success in the past at Tri-City and La Salle.”

Chub nearly won last year’s WoO LMS Pepsi Nationals’ 50-lapper at I-55 Raceway, leading more than half the A-Main before settling for second place behind Shane Clanton. He also registered a strong third-place finish in his last WoO LMS start at La Salle (in 2007), while his run in Tri-City’s special will be his first at the facility since the track was downsized from a half-mile to a three-eighths-mile.

Chub, who sits seventh in the WoO LMS points standings but is within striking distan ce of sixth-place Clanton, fell short last weekend in his bid to become a two-time World 100 winner.

Driving the same 2005-vintage Crown Drilling/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* that he debuted with back-to-back WoO LMS wins last month, Chub kicked off his World 100 weekend by timing a solid 11th-fastest among 172 entrants on Friday night. He was pleased with his qualifying performance since he put down the fast laps despite catching the wall enough to damage his car’s rear deck on both of his time-trial circuits.

But after a six-car invert left him with a fifth-place starting spot in Saturday night’s fifth 15-lap heat, Chub knew he would have his work cut out for him. He finished fourth in the very strong prelim to miss transferring by one spot, but came back later to win the second 20-lap B-Main and earn the 22nd starting spot for the World 100. Chub was never a factor in the A-Main, however, finishing a quiet 15th.

“We weren’t that good,” said Chub. “But the track rubbered up anyway, so it was real hard to pass.”

Chub left Eldora wishing that the track management would make some changes to the inversion procedure for the heat races.

“I’d like to see the inversion be no more than four cars,” said Chub. “There’s just so many good cars out there that when you qualify good and have to start sixth in a heat because of the invert, you’re not gonna have any slouches starting up on the front row. Those guys who end up hitting the invert right will have it figured out for the heat and anybody starting behind them is gonna have a hard time getting up there without tearing up their stuff.”


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