Chub Frank Returns to Victory Lane in Dick Litz Memorial!

Hammett, PA, (June 1, 2014)

Sunday was the annual Dick Litz Memorial for the Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models in honor of the 1983 Eriez Speedway champion with the Super Late Models racing for $2900 to win. The evening started with a belated award from the annual banquet held last fall. Every year a fan of the year is selected but this year the choice had already left to winter in Florida. Tom Dill won the very first late model feature at Eriez on July 21, 1961 and still attends as often as possible.

Dick Litz was one of the most popular drivers ever to race at Eriez Speedway and was here for the very first season in 1961. Litz was a fixture near the front of the pack and in 1983 succeeded in winning the Eriez track championship. He had also been the 1982 Stateline track champion. Eriez Speedway sets aside one night a season to remember this pioneer of the sport.

Chub Frank started outside the front row and sped away at the start of the Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models Dick Litz Memorial, speeding to his first win at Eriez in several years. The World of Outlaws Late Model star only makes rare trips to his home area where he was the 1988 track champion. Scott Gurdak won the FASTRAK Crate Late Model feature and Joel Watson won his third E-Mod feature of the year at Eriez and eighth overall in the young season in a controversial finish. Chris McGuire piloted his Limited Late Model to his first win of the season while Brandon Groters drove to his third consecutive Street Stock feature win. Jason Brightman captured the night-capper for the Challenger division.

Twenty-two cars started the 29-lap Dick Litz Memorial for the Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models with former champions Mike Knight and Chub Frank on the front row with “Chubzilla” taking the lead on the first lap. Dave Hess, also a former champion, looped his mount in turn two slowing the event before lap two could be completed. In turn two at lap three Max Blair got sideways in turn two and recovered but the rest of the field ‘accordianed’, eventually involving seven cars. When the field settled down after two more cautions before lap five Frank led Knight, Max Blair, Robbie Blair, and Matt Urban, the twelfth-place starter. At halfway the order was still the same with the Blair’s side by side for third. The elder Blair had the spot a lap later and started closing on Knight in traffic, who was closing the gap on Frank. Rob Blair got into second with five to go but Frank had opened up a lead once he cleared lapped traffic and went on to the win. Behind Rob Blair it was Knight, Max Blair, and Urban.

Heat 1: Russ King, Max Blair, Boom Briggs, Chris Hackett, Bump Hedman, Scott Gurdak, Michael Oakes, Jordan Eck

Heat 2: Darrell Bossard, Chub Frank, Rob Blair, Greg Oakes, Andy Kania, Chris Peterson, Chuck Parker

Heat 3: Andy Boozel, Mike Knight, Rich Gardner, Matt Urban, Dave Hess, Bob Dorman, Ryan Scott

Burger King of the Hill: Rob Blair, Darrell Bossard

Feature: Chub Frank, Rob Blair, Mike Knight, Max Blair, Matt Urban, Russ King, Greg Oakes, Chris Hackett, Boom Briggs, Andy Boozel, Darrell Bossard, Ryan Scott, Steve Kania, Rich Gardner, Bump Hedman, Scott Gurdak, Bob Dorman, Chuck Parker, Chris Peterson, Michael Oakes, Jordan Eck, Dave Hess


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