Chub Frank’s Turns Around Rough Wisconsin Trip With $10,000
Third-Place Finish In USA Nationals

 
BEAR LAKE, PA – Aug. 12, 2010 – Chub Frank’s trip to Wisconsin with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series appeared headed to his 2010 season scrap heap – until his fortunes took a sudden and unexpected turn for the better.
 
With his hopes of making the starting field for the prestigious 23rd annual USA Nationals on Aug. 7 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., dangling by a string after a bad ground wire on his car’s battery left him unable to start the Last Chance Race from the pole position, Frank watched his good buddy Tim Fuller win the 12-lap event to hand Frank the WoO LMS points provisional for the 100-lap, $50,000-to-win finale.
 
A couple hours later Frank had his Corry Rubber/Hino Toyota Rocket No. 1* parked in Victory Lane for the USA Nationals post-race ceremonies after finishing third – a run that had even the 48-year-old veteran thanking his lucky stars. He was a survivor in the rough-and-tumble A-Main, advancing from the 25th starting spot to earn a badly-needed $10,000 payday as one of just five drivers who finished the distance on the lead lap.
 
“It was just survival of the fittest,” Frank said of the marathon race that was dotted by mechanical breakdowns and accidents caused by the heavy, fast condition of the three-eighths-mile oval. “Sometimes you just gotta use your head when you have this kind of situation, so I just tried to stay out of trouble.
 
“Right from the start I had a plan to just take it easy and be there at the end. I really didn’t think it would work, but it ended up getting us a third.
 
“I wish the car would’ve been better, but it was just too tight,” added Frank, who made a pit stop on lap 19 to raise the right-rear of his car and got as high as second place for a brief moment after a lap-89 restart. “But we didn’t run on Thursday (in a UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned preliminary show) because we hurt the motor in time trials so we didn’t get a chance to work on the car, and after we actually got the car pretty good for the B-Main (he missed transferring by one) we didn’t get a chance to make it better in the Last-Chance Race because the ground wire went bad and car wouldn’t start.
 
“But trust me, I was tickled to stay third because I figured if I got a top-five, I was having a good day. That $10,000 might almost pay for the rebuild of the motor we broke on Thursday.”
 
Frank’s visit to Wisconsin started on a rough note on Aug. 4 at Shawano Speedway, where he finished 13th (after starting 18th) in a 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main. He had to qualify through a B-Main after a left-front suspension failure knocked him out of a transfer position in his heat race.
 
Frank, who sits ninth in the WoO LMS points standings, does not plan to compete in any events this week as he retools his equipment and waits to take delivery of fresh motors. He will be back in action when the WoO LMS ends a late-summer break on Aug. 18 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. – an event that kicks off a Northeast swing that also includes shows on Aug. 19 at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, N.Y. (Chub won the tour’s last race there in 2005); Aug. 20-21 at Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, N.Y. (100-lap, $20,000-to-win ‘Battle At Eastern Door’); Aug. 23 at Quebec’s Autodrome Drummond; and Aug. 24 at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway.
 
For more information on Chub Frank, visit his Web site at www.chubfrank.com.
 
Chub Frank Racing receives support from many valued sponsors, including Corry Rubber, Lake Shore Paving, Hino Toyota, Crown Drilling, Sorbera Family Chiropractic, All-Star Performance, Slavic Corporation, Custom Race Engines, GW Performance, Integra Shocks and Hoosier Tire.


 

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