Qualifying Struggles Hamper Chub Frank’s Efforts During World of Outlaws Late Model Series Swing Through Western Pennsylvania

BEAR LAKE, PA – Aug. 2, 2011 – Chub Frank found himself searching for answers to his season-long qualifying struggles after last week’s three-race World of Outlaws Late Model Series swing through his home state of Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, the 49-year-old veteran from Bear Lake, Pa., wasn’t able to immediately come up with a solution.

“I wish I knew what we have to do to qualify better,” said Frank, whose 10th-place finish in the 50-lap A-Main on Sunday night at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa., was his best of the WoO LMS tripleheader in the Keystone State. “We’re just missing something and I don’t know what it is. We have to qualify better if we expect to get anywhere.”

The annual WoO LMS stop at Eriez exemplified Frank’s frustration. He time-trialed 23rd out of 36 cars and struggled in his heat race, forcing him to make a last-lap pass in a B-Main to earn the final transfer spot to the feature. Saddled with the 22nd starting spot, ‘Chubzilla’ made a steady march forward to finish a respectable 10th – no one passed more cars – but that didn’t satisfy him.

“We went back to some stuff that we used to do for the feature and the car was better,” Frank said of his Corry Rubber/Hino Toyota/Horton Equipment Rocket No. 1*. “But this qualifying is just putting us in a hole too much.

“I guess somebody told me they were paying like $50,000 to win the (WoO LMS DirtonDirt.com) Hard Charger points,” joked Frank, who does indeed lead the Hard Charger standings that reward the driver who gains the most positions in World of Outlaws A-Mains this season. “I’d rather start further toward the front so we don’t keep gaining so many spots in every race.”

Frank’s week started on July 26 at Dog Hollow Speedway in Strongstown, Pa., where he qualified 12th-fastest and transferred through a heat to start 12th in the ‘Laurel Highlands 40.’ He treaded water during the feature, finishing 13th in the first-ever WoO LMS event at the four-tenths-mile oval.

One night later Frank timed 18th-fastest and again qualified through a heat at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. He started 18th in the ‘Penn Gold 40’ but couldn’t make any headway, coming home 15th at the finish in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

Frank ended the swing ranked seventh in the points standings, 260 points behind leader Rick Eckert.

There’s no rest for Frank and his team this week as they head to the Upper Midwest for three WoO LMS events, beginning on Wednesday night (Aug. 3) at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway. Then it’s off to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for the 24th annual USA Nationals presented by U.S. Steel (a $5,000-to-win Cornbelt Clash Series race on Thurs., Aug. 4, leads into the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals on Aug. 5-6), and the swing concludes with a rain-postponed WoO LMS 50-lapper for $10,000 to win on Mon., Aug. 8, at Independence (Iowa) 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, Sorbera Family Chiropractic, Horton Equipment, All-Star Performance, Slavic Corporation, Custom Race Engines, GW Performance, Integra Shocks and Hoosier Tire.


 

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