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Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS)
Raceway 7 July 23
(Indiana PA) The Mid-Atlantic Championship
Series (MACS) "Thunder in the Mountains Tour V" made the trek to Ron
and Thelma Nielson's Raceway 7,
Veteran, and local hero, Chub Frank, Sugar Grove, PA, emerged the victor in a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat feature. This marks Chub's first of the year with the Series, making him the ninth different winner in twelve events to-date. The win moves Chub into a two-way tie for second, with Todd Andrews, each now owning eight career wins. Gary Stuhler remains a top the leader board with nine Series wins. Chub drives a Rocket chassis powered by a 415 Draime clad with Hoosiers. His sponsors are Corry Lazer Technology, Draime Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Big A Auto Parts and Hoosier Tire.
Four heats and two B Mains streamlined the starting field to the top twenty-four drivers. Scott Rhodes and Lynn Geisler manned the front row with Chub Frank the eventual winner slotted in seventh. As this star-studded field roared to life, Rhodes snatched the lead with Geisler in second over Matt Urban, Bruce Hordusky and Todd Andrews. Rhodes was setting a blistering pace and pulled a couple of car length advantage over the contenders. The field clipped off the first nine laps in just over two and one-half minutes before the first caution appeared for Chevy Scott's disabled mount. The top five on the restart remained unchanged.
As the field blasted into turn one, Andrews blew past both Hordusky and Urban into third. Rhodes looked flawless in his effort while the field dogged his every move. Geisler was studying Rhodes' style waiting for just the right moment to seize the lead. All the while, Frank had been gaining on every lap and by lap 13 cracked into the top five. Coming to the stripe on the nineteenth circuit, Geisler made his move and vaulted past Rhodes and into the lead. At the same time in an outstanding move, Frank garnered the third spot.
Racing for position was absolutely phenomenal as three-wide racing was common the entire way around the oval. The top three cars were rocketing around the course at a breakneck pace. The second caution fell on lap 28 which quickly regrouped the field. Geisler was still in command over Rhodes, Frank, Andrews, and Bob Close in a fantastic run from fifteenth. As racing resumed, Geisler maintained the top spot but Frank had his Rocket clamped-up and flew past Rhodes into second. Frank rapidly reeled in Geisler and as the duo hooked up in a tremendous driving display. At the line on lap 30, Frank nosed ahead and into the lead for the first time. Frank, once in front set a blistering pace trying to distance himself from the rest of the pack. With just fifteen laps to go, the third caution flew on lap 35 for Frank Poniatowski as he grazed the wall on the front stretch ending his evening. Frank was still on point over Geisler, Rhodes, Close, and Dick Barton, in his new GRT.
On the restart, Close catapulted into third as Urban
emerged back into the top five. With just ten to go, Frank led over Geisler,
Close, Rhodes and Urban. The top five remained unchanged as the field received
the five to-go signal. Mike Balzano, now sixth after starting seventeenth,
mounted an aggressive late race charge wrestling his way toward the leaders.
With two laps remaining, Chub was holding a commanding lead despite his vision
being obscured by a dirty visor
MACS Junior Racer Club (JRC) winner of the night was eight-year old Rayleigh Coy, Conneaut, Ohio. She received t-shirts and hats from Hoosier and McCreary Tire as well as a hat from Slavic Custom Racing Shirts and Decals. All twenty-seven JRC members present participated in a group photo taken in victory lane with the MACS feature winner. Calico Coatings gift certificate winners: Chub Frank $125.00; Mike Balzano (Hard Charger) $75.00; Wally Fox $50.00; David Padula $50.00
MACS Facts: Series stats reveal 226 drivers participating in twelve events.