Promising World of Outlaws Late Model Series Run On Home Turf Goes Bad For Chub Frank; $100,000 Dream At Eldora Up Next

 

BEAR LAKE, PA – June 4, 2013 – Chub Frank first chance to run a World of Outlaws Late Model Series event on his home turf – Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., a one-third-mile oval his father helped build – in seven years had the makings of a great night.
 
But just as the 51-year-old driver from Bear Lake, Pa., was beginning to flex his muscle in last Saturday night’s 50-lap A-Main, misfortune dive-bombed his hopes. He was about to move into fifth place on lap five when a broken axle on his Corry Rubber/Lake Shore Paving/Hino Toyota Rocket No. 1* caused him to fall off the pace, absorb a hit to the rearend and spin in turn two.
 
While Frank’s crew somehow managed to repair his machine in time to get him back on the track without losing a lap, the 10th-place finish he salvaged certainly wasn’t satisfying because he knew what could have been.
 
“It was a good car,” said Frank, who started eighth. “I don’t know if we would’ve won the thing or not, but I do know I was passing (eventual winner Shane) Clanton (for fifth) when the axle broke. I felt like we definitely were coming on.”
 
Frank praised the work of his crew, who allowed him to rally for a top-10 finish.
 
“Hey, they changed both axles out of the car and we still didn’t lose a lap – that’s pretty good,” said Frank. “When I got back out there I wasn’t sure if I was a lap down or not, so after I ran (the back of the pack) down from a straightaway behind I kind of took it easy until a caution came out. I was waiting to hear (WoO LMS race director) Bret (Emrick) say on the one-way radio who got the Outlaw ‘Pardon’ (the ‘Lucky Dog’-type deal that puts the first car a lap down back on the lead lap), and when I never heard Bret say I got it I was like, ‘Hey, I’m on the lead lap. It’s time to go racing.’”
 
Frank’s outing at Stateline could have been the highlight performance of a three-week stretch of 10 races at seven tracks, including several right in his backyard. Without it, his most noteworthy run was a fifth-place finish (from the 12th starting spot) on May 24 in the WoO LMS Buckeye 50 at NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.
 
‘Chubzilla’ was steady-but-unspectacular in his other recent WoO LMS appearances, finishing sixth and 12th in the two A-Mains that made up the Jackpot 100 by NAPA on May 25-26 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., and registering a 14th-place finish (after starting 21st and making an early pit stop to change a tire) on May 30 at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.
 
Away from the WoO LMS, Frank spent the May 17-19 weekend racing close to home at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. (finished third on May 17); Stateline (10th on May 18); and Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa. (fourth on May 19). He also competed near his shop on May 31 in a ULMS 50-lapper at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. (dropped out early driving Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs’s second No. 99b) and on June 2 at Eriez (finished fourth).
 
Frank, who sits eighth in the WoO LMS points standings, will next make his annual early-June pilgrimage to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, this weekend (June 6-8) for the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream. He has started the 100-lap event eight times since 2000 with a career-best finish of third coming in ’07.
 
When asked for his thoughts about the expanded format of this year’s Dream (complete preliminary programs topped by twin 25-lap A-Mains will be run on Thursday and Friday) before departing for the high-banked, half-mile Eldora oval, Frank had a good-natured message for his longtime foil, Eldora general manager and promoter Roger Slack.
 
“I’m going out to see the circus,” joked a smiling Frank. “Roger’s in charge – that’s all you gotta say. It’s gonna be interesting.”
 
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, Sorbera Family Chiropractic, Horton Equipment, Hino Toyota, Nystrom’s Auto Sales, Rocket Chassis, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Slavic Corporation, All-Star Performance,  GW Performance and Integra Shocks.


 

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