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AJ Frank is a third generation racer who credits his grandfather and parents for his burning desire to race
Grandfather Dick O’Brien led the Harley Davidson for 30 years during which time his factory teams collected an unequaled 14 grand national championships and 183 victories. He later went on to build engines for Travis Carters NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team which led Harry Gant to several victories in the 1980’s.
Parents Peter and Patty Frank are credited with forming the Western Eastern Roadracers Association, the first exclusive motorcycle road racing sanctioning body which today lists thousands of members.
Peter has raced at most of America’s greatest racing venues in a variety of formulas including motorcycles, NASCAR K&N East series, and the Mexican Road Race.
Being raised in such an environment AJ began racing motorcycles at the age of six competing for over six years and picking up numerous victories. Knowing the dangers of two wheels first hand AJ’s father switched him to four wheels, letting him compete in SCCA amateur and eventually pro divisions later in his career picking up a victory in his very first start.
AJ then attended Russell Racing Schools mechanic training program to learn more about the mechanics of a racecar. While attending the school at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey, CA AJ competed in a 9 race series using formula mazda cars sanctioned by USAC. He picked up 7 poles and 4 wins that year.
When he returned from California AJ wanted to go oval tack racing. He attended the Mike Duval Driving school in Cherokee, SC. One week later he found himself racing a dirt latemodel at Oglethorpe Speedway in Savannah, GA where he would not doubt "cut his teeth" for oval track racing.
Over the next several years AJ would go on to race in the NASCAR Nationwide, All Pro, East , and Dash series. Always operating on a limited budget and driving for a family owned team he enjoyed limited success but a lot of valuable experience.
In 2004, AJ began spotting for USAR pro cup team based out of Mooresville, NC driven by Clay Rogers. The two became close friends and eventually teammates for the 2005 season. In AJ’s first five starts he picked up five top five finishes including two podiums. This was a great start to what has been a great pro cup career. To date AJ has scored 17 top 5’s and 36 top 10’s in 67 starts.
2010 looks to be a great year for AJ. He will return to MacHill Motorsports to drive the 56 car for the fourth year in a row. Joining him in that effort will be corporate sponsors SPEEDCO Truck lube, LUCAS oil, and 3wide apparel. He will also be competing in a minimum of two ARCA races for the Venturini Motorsports team. With just a few tastes of the higher NASCAR series already, AJ is poised and ready to get the opportunity he has worked so hard for.
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A.J. Frank Piles On Another Top-Five At Iowa Speedway
“Adverse Weather Conditions Stall Potential Win Under The Lights”
NEWTON, Iowa (August 3, 2010) - - One can only wonder if A.J. Frank ran the full 2010 USARacing Pro Cup Series schedule this year, where he would be sitting in the point standings after Frank delivered another stout performance in the Blue Ox 150 Friday night at Iowa Speedway.
Frank, the Bluffton, South Carolina nativeis running a limited schedule this season for Mac Hill Motorsports entered Iowa Speedway on the heels of four top-five finishes in five races this year but was itching for a win. After strong top-three results in the practice sessions leading up to qualifying, it was hard not to point to the No. 56 SpeedCo / Lucas Oil /3 Wide Apparel Chevrolet Impala as a pre-race favorite.
Mother Nature though would try and thwart the team’s plans as a steady downpour of rain rolled into the .875-mile short track and drenched the Rusty Wallace designed race track which ultimately forced the field to be set by 2010 car owner points which lined Frank on the outside of row number one beside current points leader Clay Rogers.
Determined to give the Iowa fans a good show, USARacing Series officials opted to wait out the showers before finally starting the event nearly two and a half hours past its original starting time. The action though was fierce from the drop of the green flag with Frank quickly trying to maneuver his machine around Roger’s No. 16 Ford Fusion before tucking in-line behind the USAR veteran.
Showing he had a car capable of staying in-toe with Rogers, Frank would leave it up to his Mac Hill Motorsports pit crew to work their magic on pit road approaching lap 50 when the caution flag waived for an incident involving Joey Gase. A two-tire stop earned the No. 56 team the advantage off pit lane as the leader ahead of J.P. Morgan, Rogers, Chase Elliott and Logan Ruffin.
Back under green at lap 53, Frank continued to parade the field while trying to keep Rogers, who was stalking the No. 56 from behind in his rear-view mirror. The cross-flags were shown at lap 75 with Frank continue to flex his muscle as the man with a plan.
However, as the field eventually stretched out and the laps ticked away, Rogers’s car adapted better to the longer racing conditions and was eventually able to reel in and make the pass on Frank by lap 81. Frank though would quickly tuck in-behind Rogers waiting for a potential slip-up to regain control of the top spot.
As tight racing continued, the visibility around the track quickly diminished as thick fog developed around the race short track forcing the waive of the yellow flag on lap 112. A strong effort by officials to restart the event could never be resuscitated as the Blue Ox 150 was called 29 laps from the conclusion on lap 121.
Frank had to settle for second, his fifth top-five finish of the year in six races.
“You never know what could have happened,” said Frank. “It was a long but fun night. I want to thank the fans for sticking around and of course for Mac Hill Motorsports for the opportunity to drive this car. We were fast, I’m not sure if we would have had anything for Clay at the end but I would have liked to seen the race go back to green, because I would have given him a run for his money. Nonetheless, it was a good night, we were strong all weekend, we led some laps and we were in the hunt. They knew we were here.”
He continued, “I have to thank the people who continue to put me in a car. Speedco’s has been a great asset to my career and I appreciate what they’ve done for me and this team. It’s just a matter of time before we get them a win.”
Frank’s finish on Saturday night capped him his 22nd career top-five and 41st top-10 finish of his career in 73 starts. Frank will return behind the wheel of the No. 56 Mac Hill Motorsports Chevrolet at Concord (N.C.) Speedway on Saturday, August 29th, for the first of five championship races for the USARacing Pro Cup Series tour.
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AJ Frank and MacHill Motorsports to partner with Speedco Truck Lube &Tire and Lucas oil in 2010
USAR procup vetran AJ Frank announced that he will be driving the familiar number 56 for MacHill Motorsports for 10 races this season with sponsorship from Speedco Truck Lube & Tire and Lucas oil.
This is AJs 4th season with MacHill and he is looking forward for the sasons first race at Gresham Motorsports Park on March 27th. AJ expressed high expectations for the upcoming 2010 season
"I am hoping to build on the momentum from last season and put this car in victory lane"
"Winning races is our focus we've got great equipment resources, and people to enable us to accomplish these goals":
"I'm thankful for the opporunity to drive for Jack and MacHill Motorsports this year"
"I would like to thank Darin Odle and Odle Motorsports for bringing Speedco Truck Lube &Tire and Lucas Oil onboard as our primary sponsors for this season"
Jack McNelly, owner of Mac Hill Motorsports, is equally excited about the upcoming season.
"It's been a long cold dreary winter and I can't wait to get the USA Racing Pro Cup season started" he stated. "To be representing Speedco Truck Lube &Tire and Lucas Oil is very exciting in itself but to be able to continue our relationship with A.J. as our driver and friend is perfect " added McNelly.
" I've worked with MacHill Motorsports. for several years with various drivers and am looking forward to another great year with AJ behind the wheel. His talent on the track and commitment to bringing a successful race program is a great fit with us, Speedco Truck Lube & Tire and Lucas Oil . I am looking forward to getting the season started at Gresham and being back in the winners circle again!" said Darin Odle.
ABOUT SPEEDCO: Speedco Truck Lube &Tire is the only national network to specialize in quick lube and tire service for heavy-duty trucks. We don't preach speed. We live and breathe it. Every second of our time, every inch of our stores is dedicated to one simple goal: getting your trucks back on the road faster than anyone else.
We are Speedco. Built for speed. Staffed for Quality. Delivering world class value. For more information, visit www.speedco.com.