(September 4, 2017)- Paul Frantz and the Frantz Racing Team are ready and excited to get back to racing at Evergreen Raceway this Sunday September 10th. Paul last raced there in June. The July race was postponed until the beginning of August due to rain, and subsequently, the rescheduled race was also rained out. Paul missed the August 19 race due to a family vacation.
"I'm ready to race again. Getting rained out twice really stank, and we had plans since Thanksgiving to go away as a family so we couldn't make the last race": Paul stated.
Paul has been on the race track twice since the June race at Evergreen. He took the car to Mahoning Valley Speedway with very limited success. The first night he finished 16th and the following week he failed to qualify. Paul said, "I was watching the car count all season and saw it was low. I got some used tires to try it out and get some time in the car. We were really off the first night. The tires were used up. Todd Baer gave me a better set for the second week, and the car was better but not good enough to make the show. That hurt financially and emotionally. It was the first time in my career that I didn't qualify."
With the season winding down, there are three races left on the team's schedule. Two at Evergreen, and one at Mahoning Valley. However, Paul said if this week doesn't go well it will most likely be the last race for this season. "If we don't do well enough this week, I'm afraid our season is over. I used the last of our sponsorship money for the tires for Sunday's race. I would like to run the last race at Evergreen since we are not far out of the top ten in points, plus I would like to run at Mahoning Valley on September 16th in the Bill Teel Memorial Race. We definitely need more sponsors to make it happen. All I can do is run my best this week, look for more sponsors and see what happens;" Paul said. FRANTZ JUST MISSES TOP TEN
(June 25, 2017)- Paul Frantz and the Frantz Racing Team were eager to return to racing after more than a month. "I like that I don't have to find sponsorship to run every week, but it seems like forever between races. Dad(Russ Frantz) made some changes to the car. I think we will be better"; an anxious Frantz said.
Driver's picked from a hat to determine starting positions for the heat races. With his pick, Paul would start on the pole in his heat race. He wasted no time taking the lead at the drop of the green only to have the yellow flag wave before a lap was completed due to debris on the track. On the ensuing restart, Paul again wasted no time and darted into the lead. He would lead all ten laps scoring his first career checkered flag in a Tour Type Modified. An extremely excited Frantz said:" I know it's only a heat race, but I finally won something with a big mod. It's great for me, and I think a lot of fans loved seeing the #110 out in front again. The car wasn't perfect. We'll make some changes and hopefully be even better for the feature."
After a redraw, Paul would start the Associated Chiropractic/CarrCrete Concrete #110 from the sixth position. Within a few laps, Paul was challenging for third position. Slight contact was made between himself and Brian Sones forcing Paul to drop back a few spots. Paul settled in around the eighth position for a while. The car was getting looser as the race went on. During a long green flag run, Paul fell back to the thirteenth position where he finally lost control of the car and spun in turn two. Fortunately, no one made contact with Paul. He decided to head pit side during the caution and have an adjustment made. He restarted sixteenth with sixteen laps remaining. When the checkered flag waved, Paul had raced his way back up to eleventh place.
"Well, it's not the finish I was hoping for, especially after the heat race. I think we made one too many changes and the car just got too loose. I can't thank my sponsors for sticking with me. We're making progress since our accident, and we are improving. We showed today we can run up front. We are going to contend for a win"; Frantz said after the race. FRANTZ WITH 14TH PLACE FINISH OPENING DAY
(May 21, 2017)- The 2017 season started this past weekend at Evergreen Raceway. Paul Frantz and the Frantz Racing Team were poised to start the season off on a high note. "We didn't have much to do to the car since we only had it out two times last year. I'm excited to start the year. It's been a long seven months": Paul said.
Twenty cars entered the pits for the event meaning everybody would start the race. Paul started sixth in his qualifying race, and at the conclusion of the ten lap event Paul finished sixth. After exiting the car he stated:"The car was off. The tires didn't do what I thought they would. I'll talk it over with Dad(Russ) and we'll make it better."
During intermission, Paul and the crew changed the left side springs and made another chassis adjustment as well.
For the 50 lap feature, Paul lined the CarrCrete/Associated Chiropractic/Racing with Jesus #110 in the seventeenth position. At the drop of the green, Paul started moving forward. By lap ten, Paul had raced his way into the top ten running ninth. A handful of cautions over the next few laps saw Paul fall back to eleventh place. The caution waved again just past the halfway point, and when the field restarted Paul felt something wrong with steering of the car which caused him to spin coming out of turn two. He was able to nurse the car to the pit area where the crew went to work searching for the problem. Quickly, they found a nut missing that holds the steering shaft to the frame. The crew repaired the problem, unfortunately the race had gone back to green and Paul was now a lap down. Always determined to finish the race, Paul was now eighteenth. He continued on, passed some cars, and avoided wrecks. When the checkered flag waved, Paul was credited with a fourteenth place finish.
Paul stated:"The changes Dad made really helped the car. It wasn't perfect, but I think we had a top ten car. When we took the green on that restart, the steering wheel started coming towards my chest, and it was hard to steer. I'm just thankful that the wheels locked left coming out of turn two and I didn't crash with other cars. The jam nut came off the heim end for the steering shaft, I've never seen that happen."
The next event for the Frantz Racing Team is scheduled for Sunday June 18th at Evergreen Raceway. Paul is looking for additional sponsorship for tires, and the plan is for Paul's dad Russ to drive the car. "I really want Dad to run the car. I want him to feel what it's doing to make it better, plus I want to see him race one more time. I am looking for some help getting tires for the next race. We'll see what we can come up with;" Frantz stated.