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CHUB FRANK POSTS SIXTH STARS WIN

9-25-2001

Chub Frank battling with Mike Balzano (photo courtesy of Rick Schwallie and starsracing.com)CHILLICOTHE, OH (September 22) -- Chub Frank captured his sixth Renegade STARS DirtCar Racing Series victory of the season Saturday and moved ever closer to repeating as the series points champion. Frank won the $10,000 to-win "4th Annual K-C 100" at K-C Raceway. The win increased Frank's lead to 610 points over Mike Balzano in the season long points battle with just six races remaining. 

Thirty-five cars were on hand for pre-race qualifying, as Davey Johnson set a new one lap record after turning a circuit around the 3/8-mile oval in 13.579 seconds. Steve Shaver was just 1/1,000th of a second off Johnson's time, posting the second fastest time at 13.580 seconds. All told, the top six times bettered the old record of 13.709 seconds set by Steve Francis in 1998.

Four preliminary 10-lap heat races were contested in which the top four finishers advanced to the feature event. Donnie Moran, Greg Lucas, Bart Hartman and Billy Drake each captured a heat win. 

The Dash race had the top six qualifiers battling it out for their respective starting positions in the night's feature race. Chub Frank was first to the stripe followed by Mike Balzano, Jackie Boggs, Rick Aukland, Davey Johnson and Steve Shaver. 

In the night's feature race, Mike Balzano jumped out to an early lead from his outside pole starting position over pole sitter, Chub Frank. Balzano would lead 53 of the first 54 laps, his race lead only interrupted by Frank on lap 15. 

Balzano looked to be headed for victory when disaster struck. Balzano was attempting to lap Jeep VanWormer on lap 55 when they made contact causing both drivers to spin out. Chub Frank was the lucky recipient of Balzano's misfortune and took over as the race leader. 

Balzano, obviously upset with the contact made his feelings known by ramming VanWormer's car with his racer before being disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in a 23rd place finish, one position in front of Keith Berner, who was light at the post race scales and was awarded a last place finish for the infraction.

The race resumed with Chub Frank in the lead. Frank would hold off all challengers to capture his sixth win of the season and the $10,000 winner's paycheck. Bart Hartman finished runner-up after starting ninth. Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt and Doug Dodd rounded out the top five, all finishing on the lead lap.

Mike Balzano, solidly in second place in the point standings with 6020 points, lost more ground to Frank as a result of his on-track incident. Chub Frank, with 6630 points, now leads Balzano by 610 points with six events to go.

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