Rain Curtails Chub Frank’s Weekend Of Racing At McKean
County Raceway

BEAR LAKE, PA – Sept. 29, 2009 – Rain ruined Chub Frank’s racing plans once again last weekend – but at least this time he was close to his Bear Lake, Pa., home.

One week after experiencing two rainouts during a weekend trip to the Midwest, Chub lost a shot at a big payday in his backyard when wet weather washed out the $12,000-to-win United Late Model Series Priority Care RaceFANS 50 at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa., on both Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 26-27).

Chub did run preliminary events on Thursday and Friday nights as part of the fourth annual McKean County Raceway Fall Classic Weekend, but he made the hour-and-a-half drive back to his shop on Saturday when rain overran western Pennsylvania and forced ULMS and MCR officials to postpone the event to Sunday. He never pulled out of his driveway on Sunday because more precipitation prompted an early cancelation of the event, which was rescheduled for Sat., Oct. 3.

Unfortunately, Chub won’t be able to return to MCR for the 50-lapper barring a last-minute change of plans. He is scheduled to visit K-C Raceway in Alma, Ohio, on Oct. 2-3 to run the $20,000-to-win O’Reilly All-Star Late Model Series ‘Dirt Cup Classic 100.’

“It’s too bad Smethport (McKean County) had to get rained out,” said Chub, who finished second in last year’s Fall Classic finale at the one-third-mile oval. “I want to run the show because it’s good money close to home, but we’re going to K-C for $20,000 to win. We won there last month (the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Buckeye 100’) so I feel like we’ll have a good shot at pulling off another one.”

Before the rain arrived on Saturday, Chub kicked off his assault on MCR’s Fall Classic by entering Thursday night’s ULMS ‘King of the Hill’ program in 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*. A five-round series of one-on-one match races involving 31 drivers, Chub beat Andy Kania, Doug Ricotta, Jeff Hoffman and his cousin Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs in succession before losing the final five-lap dash to Mike Knight.

Chub had a quiet Friday night at MCR, finishing 18th in the 30-lap ULMS preliminary feature. He wasn’t a serious factor before retiring to the pits near the halfway point of a $2,000-to-win event that was captured by Briggs, who shares Chub’s shop.


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