NEW SMYRNA, Florida (March 22, 2011) – – USARacing Pro Cup Series veteran A.J. Frank had high hopes for New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the 2011 season-opener. Unfortunately, an engine failure in the final practice prevented Frank and his Odle Motorsports team from competing in the USARacing Pro Cup 250 presented by Kangaroo Express.
Leading up to the final practice, Frank showed that he had a car to contend with and likely could have been the man to beat in his first tango at New Smyrna. The team now only wonders what if.
“It’s a real blow to our team,” said Frank, who had hopes of making his 79th career USARacing start. “We had a good car. We didn’t even put new tires on it and it was still fast. Unfortunately, she just grenaded in final practice without any serious warning. I want to thank Chip Lofton and the entire Matt Lofton Motorsports team for attempting to allow our team to borrow a motor. We tried everything we could; we just couldn’t get it to fit into the car. I also want to thank Speedco and Lucas Oil for their continued faith in me and my career. We’ll bounce back and not let this obstacle stand in our way.”
Currently, Frank and his group are exploring their options for a new motor in their No. 56 Speedco / Lucas Oil Chevrolet Impala. “We’re working a lot of different angles. Hopefully we’ll be able to have a solution here soon and we’ll make sure we let everyone know what’s transpired.”
The next USARacing Pro Cup Series event is scheduled for Friday, April 1st at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina.
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