Chub Frank takes World of Outlaws Late Model race at Lincoln Speedway May 18

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    Chub Frank

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    By Racenut
    The travelers of the World of Outlaws came to town on Sunday night. Forty Three Late models signed in at the pit gate. Shane Clanton turned in fast time at 13.498 seconds, less than a tenth of a second off the track record. The first heat race went to Dennis Erb Jr over Shane Clanton, Eric Smith, Brian Birkhofer and Jeep VanWormer. Only the top four from each of the four heats advanced to the feature. The second ten lap heat race went to Chub Frank over Wes Steidinger, Tim Lance, Darrell Lanigan and Vic Coffey. The third heat went to 2007 World of Outlaws Champion Steve Francis over Rick Eckert, Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie and Michael Kloos. There was a bit of excitement in the third heat, with the white flag in the air, Daren Friedman took a rough upside down ride, just once on the frontstretch, and was unhurt. The fourth heat was an absolute runaway with Josh Richards winning over Matt Taylor, Shannon Babb, Terry Casey and Tim Fuller.
    The first semi feature was a very close exciting race between Brady Smith and Jeep VanWormer, with Smith edging out VanWormer and Vic Coffey right on their tails at the checkers.
    The second semi feature went to Tim Fuller over Jason Feger and Michael Kloos.
    The Forty lap feature, dubbed the Land of Lincoln 40, started with Shane Clanton and Chub Frank on the front row after the top two drivers from the heats did a draw for position. Frank jumped out to the early lead and led all forty laps to come home with the victory. Even though Frank led all the laps, however does not mean it was an easy victory. The first of two cautions came out as Dennis Erb Jr tried to get under Frank on the frontstretch, there was contact, and Erb slid to the infield, and restarted at the rear of the field. That left Josh Richards in second place, and he made a race long effort to try to get around Frank for the lead, just could not get the job done. All the while, Rick Eckert and Steve Francis were trying to get around Richards. The other caution came on lap 36, as Brian Shirley slowed on the track. The four lap dash to the finish had Richards trying one last time to get under Frank at the checkers. Steve Francis was right there with the two leaders at the end, and Darrell Lanigan made a late race pass on Rick Eckert, and was there as well.
    Final rundown:
    1* Chub Frank
    1 Josh Richards
    19 Steve Francis
    29 Darrell Lanigan
    24 Rick Eckert
    25 Shane Clanton
    15B Brian Birkhofer
    39 Tim McCreadie
    55 Jeep VanWormer
    J1 Wes Steidinger
    18 Shannon Babb
    23 John Blankenship
    44 Clint Smith
    25 Jason Feger
    32 Vic Coffey
    6K Michael Kloos
    3L Matt Taylor
    19 Tim Fuller
    28 Dennis Erb Jr
    1W Donny Walden 39 laps
    3s Brian ShirleyDNF
    75 Tim LanceDNF
    42 Terry CaseyDNF
    9 Eric SmithDNF
    2 Brady SmithDNF
    The World of Outlaws provisionals went to Clint Smith and John Blankenship, while the Lincoln Speedway provisional went to Donny Walden.

    The Sportsman feature went to Jason Unzicker

    The Modified feature went to Jeff Leka, with a hard-charging Gary Cook Jr right on his tail, followed closely by Bobby Martintoni.

    The KidModz feature went to Bobby Pierce followed by Justin Leka. The KidModz class is a modified class for kids only, with UMP modifieds, that have a modified front end and four cylinder motors. These kids race just as hard as the adults. Proof being the flip in turn four by Kyle Hammer, who emerged unhurt.

    The two-seater ride that was auctioned off on E-Bay, went to Kari Hatter. She chose to ride with Shannon Babb, a friend of hers since childhood. She told me afterwards that she realized, in the car, that she all of a sudden had some 'trust' issues. She was ecstatic even an hour after, and will probably remember the ride for the rest of her life. I hope the tape in her video camera came out decent. It was my first time filming a car on the track with one of those things. All your friends are very happy for you Kari!

    There was a great car count for a Sunday night show, with about 130 cars in the pits. The Late Model feature was done at 10:05 pm and all racing action was finished at 10:50 pm

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