Chub Frank Heads To Dirt Track World Championship After Solid Third-Place Finish At The Dirt Track At Charlotte


BEAR LAKE, PA – Oct. 18, 2012 – Chub Frank won the Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship event in 2007. He also has won specials shows at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park several times in his career.

This weekend (Oct. 19-20) the veteran driver from Bear Lake, Pa., would like to combine the two by capturing the $50,000 top prize when the DTWC is contested at Portsmouth for the first time in its 32-year history.

Frank, 50, registered his DTWC triumph in ’07 when the 100-lap race was held at Atomic Speedway (then K-C Raceway) in Alma, Ohio. He doesn’t mind that the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned crown jewel is now at PRP, however.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Portsmouth over the years,” said Frank, who will enter the DTWC in his familiar Corry Rubber/Lake Shore Paving/Hino Toyota Rocket No. 1*. “We haven’t had a chance to run there in a while, so hopefully we can get going there like we have in the past.”

Frank will enter this weekend’s action with some momentum at his back. He hasn’t finished worse than ninth in his last four starts over the past month, with his latest run being a third-place performance in the 50-lap Circle K World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown on Oct. 10 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

While Frank felt like a survivor at The Dirt Track due to the rough surface conditions that prevailed, he conceded that he might have had something left to make a last-ditch bid for his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory since August 2009 after a caution flag tightened the field with two laps remaining. He refrained from throwing caution to the wind in hopes of overtaking eventual winner Rick Eckert and runner-up Clint Smith, however, because he was looking at the bigger picture. With his 10th top-five finish of the 2012 WoO LMS season, he moved past Tim McCreadie to grab fourth in the points standings with just two events remaining.

“I knew McCreadie dropped out early so we were in line for a good points night,” said Frank. “Getting past him in the points is worth another $5,000 (in points fund cash), so I didn’t want to jeopardize that by going up in that rough cushion on the restart and maybe folding the nose or pulling a tire off the wheel.”

Frank’s strong outing at The Dirt Track came after he posted WoO LMS finishes of ninth in the Keyser Manufacturing ‘Down & Dirty 100’ Presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Sept. 22 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., (he was bidding for a top-five finish on the final lap when he hit a hole on and bent his car’s nose) and eighth in the 50-lap A-Main on Oct. 4 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y.

The best run for ‘Chubzilla’ over the past month was a second-place finish in the ULMS-sanctioned event on Oct. 6 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. He moved forward from the eighth starting spot but had to hang on to claim the runner-up money after breaking a power-steering pump with four laps to go.

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, GW Performance, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tire and Roush-Yates Racing Engines.


 

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