Frank's Night Cut Short at Concord, Looks Forward to Iowa Concord, N.C. (September 5, 2009) -- AJ Frank could not have been more thrilled to get back into a Pro Cup car after several months off, especially with Speedco as a sponsor.
Frank's Night Cut Short at Concord, Looks Forward to Iowa
Concord, N.C. (September 5, 2009) -- AJ Frank could not have been more thrilled to get back into a Pro Cup car after several months off, especially with Speedco as a sponsor. Unfortunately, Frank and his team ended up packing up the trailer early after an incident with a fellow competitor took him out of the race before they even reached the halfway mark of the BF Goodrich Tires 250 at Concord [N.C] Speedway on Saturday night.
"[The 75n] was very off the pace and I thought I gave him enough room, but he still wants to stick his nose in where it doesn't belong. It's every race with the same car, he controls the outcome of almost every Pro Cup race," explained a very disappointed Frank after a 24th place finish. "If you're that far off the pace, what are you trying to prove? We have a lot of guys out here who spend a lot of money racing. I can understand having a bad night, but it's every night with this guy."
Frank, who started the night in fourth, was sidetracked twice by the same car during the race, the first time resulted in a spin, but fortunately, only track position was lost. Frank gathered the car back up and was able to pit for fuel and some adjustments, which put him one lap down. The car was fast and he was quickly awarded the Lucky Dog, which put Frank back on the lead lap.
Not long after returning to the lead lap, Frank really began to pick up the pace and had worked his way up to 12th. But it just wasn't in the cards for him as he once again spun due to slower traffic, sending him hard into the frontstretch wall. This time there was damage, and it was terminal.
"I don't know if we had anything for Clay [Rogers], but we were better than the majority of the top five cars. I just have to thank everyone; Speedco and all of my guys; they really busted their tails today."
While Frank has not committed to the full Championship Series, he has committed to try his hardest to make it to the next event in Iowa.
Frank will have one weekend off before he and the rest of the Pro Cup Series travel to Iowa Speedway for the Sept. 19 Iowa 200, the second event in the four-race Championship Series. If you missed the action from the BF Goodrich Tires 250, tune into your local FSN station on Oct. 25 at 11:30am.