|Frank mounts his charge to the front, Matt Miller is the first to fall|
|An awesome side by side battle for the lead with high flying Tim McCreadie|
|Wayne County has been good to Frank over the years, this 50 lap feature event was worth $10,000|
‘Chubzilla’ Roars In World Of Outlaws Late Model Action At Wayne County Speedway!
by Bret Emrick
Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pennsylvania broke into the World Of Outlaws Late Model Series winners column Saturday grabbing the $10,000 to win ‘Buckeye Classic 50’ at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Starting fourth aboard the Lester Buildings/Corry Rubber/All Star Performance No. 1* Chub Frank Racing Rocket Chassis/Custom Race Engines/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS the driver known as ‘Chubzilla’ roared past Watertown, New York native Tim McCreadie on lap 42 to snare the lead driving away to a 1.388 second margin of victory.
McCreadie, who led laps 34 to 41, brought the Sweeteners Plus/ C.M.E., Inc./Texaco-Havoline No. 39 C.M.E., Inc. Rocket Chassis/C.C. Performance Engines/Pontiac Grand Prix across the finish in second. Pole sitter Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio led the first 33 laps of the event finished driving the McCullough Industries/Doug Herbert Performance/Lo-Temp Brazing No. 7 DSI, Inc. Rocket Chassis/Baker Racing Engines/Pontiac Grand Prix. Finishing fourth was Rick Eckert of York, Pennsylvania piloting the Raye Vest Excavating/J&J Steel/Hoosier Tire No. 24 Raye Vest Rocket Chassis/Cornett Racing Engines/Ford Fusion while Dave Hess Jr. of Waterford, Pennsylvania finished fifth driving the Hess’s Garage and Salvaging No. 44H Dave Hess Jr. Motorsports Rocket Chassis/Craiger Racing Engines/Pontiac GTO.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Ashland, Ohio native Ryan Markham in sixth aboard the Biscotti’s Restaurant No. 5M Ryan Markham Racing Rocket Chassis/Malcuit Racing Engines/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS followed by seventh place finisher Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky driving the Gotta Race/Accu-Tek/VP Racing Fuels No. 29 Lanigan Autosports Rocket Chassis/Cornett Racing Engines/Ford Taurus. Eighth went to Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Delaware piloting the BSW Construction/Warrington Builders No. 91 Warrington Motorsports Rocket Chassis/Pro Power Racing/Pontiac Grand Prix, ninth to Charlie Duncan of Millersburg, Ohio driving the American Advance Payroll No. 17 Charlie Duncan Racing MasterSbilt Race Cars/Malcuit Racing Engines/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and tenth to defending World Of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas aboard the J&J Steel/Banner Valley Hauling/McCarthy’s One Hour Heating and Air C.J. Rayburn Race Cars/Pro Power Racing/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
“This is great to finally win a World Of Outlaws race this season”, said a jubilant Frank from the COESfx Victory Lane. “Tonight was a tire game and we went a little harder than some of the guys. Believe me, I didn’t want any cautions in the last half of the race. Going harder on tires meant we needed long green flag runs. That’s why McCreadie got back by me when we did have that lap 24 restart. Harder tires means they take a little longer to get going. I wasn’t too worried when Tim got by us but I didn’t want any more cautions. The track was racy. You could run from top to bottom and when the lapped cars got in there it made it fun. I want to dedicate this win to Orry Wirt. His dad, Dave, and I are pretty good friends and my heart goes out to Dave and his family on their loss.”
Orry Wirt, a 15 year-old freshman at nearby Triway High School, passed away April 28 from injuries sustained in an April 2 auto accident. His father, a long time driver at Wayne County Speedway and throughout the Ohio Valley region, was deeply touched by Frank’s words when he joined the winner in the COESfx victory lane.
Frank, who now has a remarkable 6 wins in the last 7 sanctioned dirt Late Model events at Wayne County Speedway, also thanked the strong support of the fans.
“I need to thank the fans here at Wayne County Speedway”, said Frank. “Having such a big crowd here is great. Having their support for this World Of Outlaws race is fantastic. And, I think they got to see a pretty exciting race as well.”
McCreadie was happy with his second place run and generally pleased with the race itself.
“We went a little softer on the tires than what Chub did”, said ‘T-Mac’. “But, I’ll tell you what. That was a fun race. Matt and I had a great battle going for who knows how many laps and then we ran into the lapped cars and here comes Chub. That was fun from my seat and I’m sure the crowd got a good show too. This is a racy place. I’ve never been here before but I liked it.”
The tire game also bit Miller who looked strong until his tires went away.
“We just went too soft on the tires”, said Miller. “The car itself was real, real good but the driver made a couple of mistakes in traffic that just about cost us the lead early. Then the tires started to fade and there wasn’t much we could do with Tim or Chub.”
Miller and Eckert brought the ‘Buckeye Classic 50’ to life with Miller quickly jumping into the lead over Eckert, McCreadie, Frank and Hess Jr. at the end of the first lap. Miller opened up a four car advantage by lap 5 but the battle behind raged. McCreadie tussled with Eckert for a few laps until taking the second spot. Clint Smith began to hound Hess Jr. for fifth by lap 10.
Miller caught the back of the field at lap 11 slowing his torrid pace and allowing McCreadie to move in. Frank and Eckert battled for a few laps until Frank grabbed third at lap 15. By lap 18 McCreadie had moved to his patented outside line and pressured Miller through lap 20. Frank joined the top two to make it a three car battle before working his way past McCreadie at lap 22 for second. Smith using the low groove in his war with Hess Jr. for fifth caught an inside barrier tire with his left front damaging the suspension but continued on. The races only caution flew on lap 24 for debris in turn one.
Miller sat out front by himself with the remainder of the field in double-file order for the restart. McCreadie got back by Frank for second on the restart and began to chase down Miller. McCreadie shot to the outside of Miller exiting turn two and carried the momentum past Miller as they exited turn four grabbing the lead at lap 34. McCreadie caught the backmarkers two circuits later but with Miller’s tires fading he could not mount an assault on McCreadie. Frank seized the opportunity with Miller’s misfortune racing past Miller for second at lap 38.
Frank continued his move to the front catching McCreadie on lap 40. Frank showed the nose of his car to McCreadie on lap 41. The pair then raced side by side down the backchute with Frank using a lapped car to work his way past McCreadie at lap 42 to become the new race leader. McCreadie cleared the lapped car and quickly ran Frank back down. Frank worked underneath a lapped car and the lapped car gave room to Frank but when he did he slammed the door on McCreadie who could only watch Frank pull away over the final laps.
All 24 starters in the ‘Buckeye Classic 50’ finished the race with 21 drivers on the lead lap. A strong contingent of 47 drivers entered the event with McCreadie setting the standard in time trials with a pass of the semi-banked 3/8ths mile oval in 18.967 seconds at an average speed of 71.176 MPH. Heat race wins fell to McCreadie, Miller, Frank and Eckert. Winning the ‘B’ Main events were Eddie Carrier Jr. and Josh Richards while the pole dash fell to Miller. The $1,000 bonus for the highest finishing driver in the ‘Buckeye Classic 50’ currently not in the top 20 points of the World Of Outlaws Late Model Series or any national touring dirt Late Model series nor has never won a World Of Outlaws Late Model Series was taken by Hess Jr. for his fifth place finish.
Showing Finish Pos.-Start Pos.-Car #-Driver-Residence-Laps Completed-Reason Out(if any)-Purse Money Won
1. (4) # 1*-Chub Frank-Bear Lake, PA-50-Running-$10,000
Time Of Race: 19 Mins. 10.696 Secs.
Margin Of Victory: 1.388 Secs.
Yellow Flags: One – Lap 24
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Three – Miller 1-33, McCreadie 34-41, Frank 42-50
‘Rookie of the Race’: Carrier Jr.®
Provisional Starters: Durrett®, Jacobsen®
Car Count: 47
Time Trials Fast Qualifier: McCreadie 18.967 Secs. – 71.176 MPH
Heat Race Winners: McCreadie, Miller, Frank, Eckert
‘B’ Main Winners: Carrier Jr.®, Richards
Dash Winner: Miller