Chub Frank Happy To Put Eldora Speedway In His Rearview Mirror After Early Exit From Dirt Late Model Dream


BEAR LAKE, PA – June 13, 2012 – Chub Frank was happy to put Eldora Speedway in his rearview mirror after last Saturday night’s Dirt Late Model Dream XVIII by Ferris Commercial Mowers.

The 50-year-old standout from Bear Lake, Pa., qualified for the 100-lap, $100,000-to-win Dream A-Main, but he was the second driver to drop out of the race, finishing 25th after retiring on lap 22 due to a broken fifth-arm on his car’s rearend.

Frank wasn’t too disappointed after absorbing his Dream DNF, however. He wasn’t making any headway from the 13th starting spot with his Roush-Yates-powered Corry Rubber/Hino Toyota/Horton Equipment Rocket No. 1*, so there was nothing to be disappointed about.

“We pretty much weren’t that good,” said Frank. “The car didn’t feel good, so that was the rare time something broke when you’re running bad. Usually something only breaks when you’re running good.”

Frank’s assault on the Dream had started off reasonably well on Friday night when he timed 25th-fastest in the 98-car field. The heat-race invert draw didn’t go his way – a ‘3’ came up on Eldora’s ‘Wheel of Misfortune’ keeping ‘Chubzilla’ out of the invert – but he still managed to grab the third and final transfer spot in Saturday night’s first 15-lap heat thanks to a wild last-lap incident that saw Jared Landers slide sideways in a cloud of smoke and collect Earl Pearson Jr. and Jimmy Owens.

“Qualifying was O.K. for us, but we missed it in the second round,” said Frank. “We got a little lucky to get in the race with those guys wrecking in front of us, but we’ll take it.”

Frank, who earned $1,750 for his efforts, started the Dream A-Main for the ninth time in his career.

Frank’s visit to Eldora actually began two days before the Dream when he fielded a car for NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace in the eighth annual Prelude to the Dream charity race. Wallace, who provided a Toyota engine to bolt into Frank’s car, drove to a 12th-place finish in the 40-lap Prelude feature that featured drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

A busy weekend of action is on Frank’s docket. He plans to enter a weekly DIRTcar UMP Late Model show on Friday night (June 15) at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. – giving him one final tuneup before the track’s Firecracker 100 on June 28-30 – and then compete in World of Outlaws Late Model Series events on Saturday (June 16) at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway and Sunday (June 17) at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa.

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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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