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jammin
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posted April 21, 2001 08:04 AM UIN: 16262997
FRANK BECOMES EIGHTH DIFFERENT WINNER IN FIRST NINE RACES


SAVANNAH, GA - A first turn, first lap squeeze play was the difference
between winning and losing, as Chub Frank of Sugar Grove, PA led
wire-to-wire for his third United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar
Series career win Saturday night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.

Frank held off Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI to pick up the $10,000 victory
in
the 50-lap main event driving the Mac Trailers Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo,
and became the eighth different winner in the first nine events in the 2001
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series season.

Mars started his Parker Store Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo from the
pole position with Frank along side. In the first turn of the first lap,
Frank squeezed down on Mars, who had to get hard on the brakes and spun.

Mars collected Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, but nobody else in the
24-car field made contact, and both Mars and Bloomquist restarted the race
in their assigned positions. Frank made the same move on the restart, a
move that he credited for the win.

"I knew it was going to be tight - very tight - in the first turn, and I
knew I had to get there first," Frank said. "It was the difference between
winning the race and losing the race."

The victory moved Frank up to the fourth spot in the UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series point standings. Frank, who is also the defending STARS series
champion, said as much as he would like to compete for the UDTRA title,
economics would probably have him chasing another STARS title.

"We've been running well with the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series, but we're
probably going to have to run for the STARS title again this season because
my crew works regular jobs, and it's impossible for them to get away to
travel the UDTRA deal," Frank said. "But, if somebody would give me a crew
and a car to drive for some of the races, I might consider it."

Randle Chupp of Knoxville, TN finished third in the Biscotti's Restaurant
Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo. Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished fourth
in
the Petroff Towing/J&J Steel Rayburn/Clements Grand Prix. The 1997 UDTRA
Champion had to make some passes on the tough -mile clay oval and his
finish moved him up to third spot in the points chase.

UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA finished fifth in the Raye Vest
Rocket/Cornett Mustang, and Bloomquist took the sixth spot in the Miller
Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom Mustang, the first top ten finish of the season
for the defending and four-time UDTRA Champion.

Steve Francis of Ashland, KY brought his Valvoline/Mopar Performance
Rocket/Stanton Dodge home in the seventh spot to remain second in points,
but fell behind Eckert in the point standings by 36 points.

Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished eighth in the Dunn-Benson
Ford
Rocket/Eatmon Mustang, with ninth going to 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith
of Knoxville, TN in the Christenberry Trucking and Farms GRT/Custom Monte
Carlo. Terry English of Benton, KY rounded out the top 10 in the AAA Fence
Rayburn/Runyan Monte Carlo.

After the restart, Bloomquist stepped to the outside groove to challenge
Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR for the fourth spot. Wallace held on
to
the position, and Moyer also moved under Bloomquist for the fifth spot.

Mike Gault of Gaffney, SC and Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA tangled in
turn
one on the second lap to bring out the second of four caution flags in the
race. Gault retired his Bantam Chef GRT/Clements Grand prix for the
evening, and McDowell parked his Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield
Grand Prix four laps later.

Frank led the field down for the restart followed by Mars, Chupp, Wallace,
and Moyer. On the fourth lap, Eckert passed Bloomquist for the sixth spot,
and by the tenth lap, Frank had pulled out to a six car-length lead over
Mars. The tenth lap also saw Moyer putting pressure on Wallace for the
fourth spot.

At the halfway point, Moyer worked his way under Wallace for fourth coming
off the second turn. Frank still held a six car-length lead over Mars,
who
had six car-lengths on Chupp. Moyer was quickly closing in from the fourth
spot on Chupp.

The third caution flag came out on lap 30 when Randy Korte of Highland,
IL
stalled his Mid-Continental Fuels Larry Shaw/Hatfield Monte Carlo in turn
four. The top ten for the restart were Frank, Mars, Chupp, Moyer, Wallace,
Eckert, Bloomquist, Francis, Pearson, and Smith. By lap 35, Moyer once
again began showing his nose under Chupp racing for the third spot.

On lap 42, Wallace slowed off the pace from the fifth spot, and brought
out
the fourth and final caution of the race, when he stalled his JFR Graphics
GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix in turn four. In the six lap dash to the
finish, Mars could not mount a challenge on Frank to the checkered flag.

Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC was the JE Pistons Hard Charger of the Race after
starting his English Mountain Spring Water GRT/Cornett Mustang 22nd, and
finished 14th. Mars won the JE Pistons Bonus Award with a first heat win,
and Wallace collected the $50 Scott Performance Wire Bonus Award with a
third heat race win.

The other two 12-lap Borla Performance heat race wins were taken by Frank
and Moyer. Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI won the 12-lap Renegade
Transporters 1st Consolation Race in the Performance Roofing Systems
Rayburn/Pro Power Monte Carlo. Bobby Oglesby of Bloomingdale, GA won the
Polaris ATVs 2nd 12-lap Consolation Race in the Nichols Enterprises Barry
Wright/Clements Monte Carlo.

The next event of the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series is Saturday night with a
50-lap $10,000-to-win main event at Fayetteville Motorsports Park in
Fayetteville, NC. The schedule of events will have the pit gate opening
at 1
p.m., grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m.; hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m.,
with qualifying and racing to follow.

For ticket and race day information call 1-888-724-1591 or (910) 867-0873.
To get to Fayetteville Motorsports Park, take I-95 to exit 44 (Snow Hill
Rd.
Exit) 1.7 miles NW on Claude Lee Rd., then 1.8 miles east on Doc Bennett
Rd.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 9 AT OGLETHORPE SPEEDWAY PARK IN SAVANNAH, GA
ON
4/20/01:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 2 1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove, PA Chev. 50 $10,600
2. 1 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 50 $6,100
3. 4 114 Randle Chupp Knoxville, TN Chev. 50 $3,000
4. 5 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Pont. 50 $3,100
5. 7 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 50 $2,600
6. 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 50 $2,750
7. 9 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 50 $2,200
8. 11 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Ford 50 $1,400
9. 16 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 50 $1,200
10. 8 96 Terry English Benton, KY Chev. 50 $1,700
11. 17 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 50 $1,600
12. 19 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Pont. 50 $950
13. 20 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA Ford 50 $900
14. 22 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 50 $1,475
15. 14 95 Bill Godowns Jr. Louisville, GA Chev. 50 $850
16. 15 c5 Bob Robertson Evans, GA Chev. 50 $825
17. 3 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 44 $1,450
18. 21 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Chev. 29 $750
19. 18 22o Bobby Oglesby Bloomingdale, GA Chev. 26 $700
20. 13 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 5 $700
21. 12 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 5 $700
22. 24 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Chev. 4 $700
23. 10 17g Mike Gault Gaffney, SC Pont. 1 $850
24. 23 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL Chev. 0 (DQ) $700

ENTRIES: 32
PROVISIONALS: Izzo and Green
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAPS LED: Frank 1-50
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Cook, started 22nd and finished 14th
CAUTIONS: 4
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: C. Smith, Godowns, Robertson, Oglesby, Basey,
and
Promoter's Choice TBA

QUALIFYING:

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 18.833 18.622 18.622
96.660
2 1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove, PA Rocket Monte Carlo 18.832 18.646 18.646
96.535
3 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 18.725 19.140 18.725
96.128
4 114 Randle Chupp Knoxville, TN Rocket Monte Carlo 19.000 18.745 18.745
96.026
5 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 18.819 18.943 18.819
95.648
6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 19.592 18.868 18.868
95.400
7 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Mustang 18.890 19.380 18.890 95.289
8 96 Terry English Benton, KY Rayburn Monte Carlo 19.221 18.892 18.892
95.278
9 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 19.189 18.899 18.899 95.243
10 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 18.900 20.204 18.900
95.238
11 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 18.909 19.007 18.909 95.193
12 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 18.969 18.968
18.968 94.897
13 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Grand Prix 19.090 19.280 19.090
94.290
14 17g Mike Gault Gaffney, SC GRT Grand Prix 19.873 19.166 19.166 93.916
15 c5 Bob Robertson Evans, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 19.984 19.169 19.169 93.902
16 57 Wesley Hood Cowpens, SC GRT Grand Prix 19.171 19.277 19.171 93.892
17 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 19.707 19.185 19.185
93.823
18 95 Bill Godowns Jr. Louisville, GA Newman Monte Carlo 19.563 19.205
19.205 93.726
19 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Rocket Mustang 19.522 19.262 19.262
93.448
20 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 20.601 19.309 19.309 93.221
21 5J Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Barry Wright Grand Prix 19.605 19.330
19.330 93.120
22 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL GRT Monte Carlo 19.643 19.359 19.359 92.980
23 s22 Kent Strickland Bloomingdale, GA Barry Wright Monte Carlo 19.511
19.400 19.400 92.784
24 7L Randy Lucas Apex, NC Mastersbilt Mustang 20.025 19.427 19.427 92.655
25 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 19.577 19.588 19.577
91.945
26 4 Ed Basey Augusta, GA Newman Monte Carlo 20.105 19.666 19.666 91.529
27 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA GRT Mustang 19.893 19.693 19.693 91.403
28 22o Bobby Oglesby Bloomingdale, GA Barry Wright Monte Carlo 19.969 19.765
19.765 91.070
29 8g Bobby Day Columbia, SC Rayburn Monte Carlo 20.130 19.897 19.897 90.466
30 03 Jason Fitzgerald Jacksonville, FL Warrior Grand Prix 20.199 20.330
20.199 89.113
31 07 Ed Gibbons Manning, SC Rocket Grand Prix 21.253 20.909 20.909 86.087
32 11 Leland Prewitt Savannah, GA Barry Wright Monte Carlo 21.100 21.494
21.100 85.308

BORLA PERFORMANCE 12-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 4 Transfer To Main Event):

JE PISTONS 1ST HEAT RACE: 1. Mars; 2. Moyer; 3. Francis; 4. Babb; 5.
Johnson; 6. Korte; 7. Day.

2ND HEAT: 1. Frank; 2. Bloomquist; 3. Gault; 4. Godowns; 5. Schlieper;
6.
Basey; 7. Fitzgerald; 8. Izzo.

SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRES 3RD HEAT: 1. Wallace; 2. Eckert; 3. Pearson; 4.
Robertson; 5. C. Smith; 6. Gibbons; 7. Cook; 8. Strickland.

4TH HEAT: 1. Chupp; 2. English; 3. McDowell; 4. F. Smith; 5. Oglesby;
6.
Prewitt; 7. Green; 8. Lucas; 9. Hood.

CONSOLATION RACES (12-Laps, Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):

RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. Schlieper; 2. Johnson; 3. Korte; 4.
Basey; 5. Fitzgerald; 6. Day; 7. Izzo.

POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Oglesby; 2. C. Smith; 3. Cook; 4. Green; 5.
Gibbons; 6. Prewitt; 7. Strickland; 8. Lucas.

UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 4/20/01:

1. Rick Eckert - 1366
2. Steve Francis - 1330
3. Billy Moyer - 1226
4. Chub Frank - 1139
5. Steve Shaver - 1117
6. Dan Schlieper - 1110
7. Wendell Wallace - 1095
8. Terry English - 1081
9. Scott Bloomquist - 1080
10. Jimmy Mars - 1062
11. Ray Cook - 1031
12. Dale McDowell - 1008
13. Freddy Smith - 1003
14. Shannon Babb - 993
15. Joe Izzo - 917
16. Bill Frye - 875
17. Randy Korte - 868
18. Dennis Erb Jr. - 842
19. Donnie Moran - 818
20. Marshall Green - 807

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