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Steve Francis closed out the month of August with a swing through the Northeast with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and a Saturday-night spent racing close to home in a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. His results were mixed. After the opening event of the WoO LMS trip on Aug. 18 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., was rained out and not rescheduled, the veteran from Ashland, Ky., registered back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 50-lap A-Mains on Aug. 19 at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, N.Y. (started eighth) and Aug. 23 at Quebec's Autodrome Drummond (started ninth). But he was searching for answers after struggling to a 15th-place finish (started 14th) in the swing's finale on Aug. 24 at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway.

In addition, Francis drove his crew chief Tim Logan's car in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series show on Aug. 28 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky., which is promoted by his wife Amanda's parents. He finished 17th after being involved in a tangle with Tim Isenberg on lap 33 of the 50-lap A-Main.

Francis, who sits fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, will be back on the road with the national tour this week, starting on Wednesday night (Sept. 1) when he returns to Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y., to for the rescheduled 100-lap, $20,000-to-win 'Battle At Eastern Door.' He is scheduled to start seventh in the A-Main after finishing third in a heat on Aug. 20 before the following night's headline program was postponed by rain. The WoO LMS also visits Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa., for the two-day 'Oil Region Labor Day Classic' on Sept. 4-5, and Francis is scheduled to start from the outside pole in a held-over O'Reilly All-Star Late Model Series event on Thursday night (Sept. 2) at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, W.Va.

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Steve Francis didn't take home the big $50,000 first-place check in the North-South 100 on Aug. 14 at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky., but he was pretty pleased with his fourth-place performance in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. Driving his crew chief Tim Logan's Rocket No. 15, Francis started sixth and ran among the leaders for the entire distance. He climbed as high as second before falling back and spending the final circuits holding off Ray Cook to finish fourth.

"I got right to the lead twice and then the caution came out," said Francis, who dueled with frontrunners that included eventual winner Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal and Eddie Carrier Jr. "Then we couldn’t fire up on the restarts like they could, so we kinda got shuffled around a little bit on each restart and had to work our way back. We kind of overheated the tires and sealed the right-rear up racing so hard with O’Neal and Eddie early in the race.

"But we had a pretty good car – the best car we’ve had at Florence in a while. We went there earlier this year for the Ralph Latham race – a race I’ve won two or three times – and to miss it was kind of hard for me to handle, so to be able to go back and run well was a big positive. We qualified good, won our heat race and were competitive the whole 100 laps – that kind of shows that everybody’s working hard and we’re headed in the right direction."

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Steve Francis enjoyed a solid trip to Wisconsin last week, never finishing outside the top 10 in the three events he started. But he couldn’t help thinking of what might have been if he hadn’t experienced a bout of bad luck in Saturday night’s 23rd annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.    After finishing ninth in a World of Outlaws Late Model Series event on Aug. 4 at Shawano Speedway and fifth (from the 10th starting spot) in a 40-lap UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned feature on Aug. 5 at Cedar Lake, Francis made his presence known in Cedar Lake’s crown-jewel event. On Friday night (Aug. 6) he timed fifth-fastest out of 51 cars, won a heat and finishing fourth in the five-lap heat-winners’ dash to earn the outside second row starting spot for Saturday’s 100-lapper. Then he emerged as a contender for the $50,000 top prize when he reached third place midway through the World of Outlaws Late Model Series – until lap 59, when he brought out a caution flag after losing a right-rear wheel while running fourth.  

Francis returned to the attrition-filled event one lap down and managed to salvage a sixth-place finish, but he would have loved to see the race play out without the misfortune forcing him to the pits for hasty repairs.  

 “I knew this was gonna be an attrition race so I just thought, ‘I’ll ride around down here (on the bottom) and then around lap 50 get going,’” said Francis. “Well, around lap 50 we got going and got to third – and then the wheel broke. Who knows what would have happened if it hadn’t?  

 “I went back out there because I figured there weren’t many cars left, so why not get what you can get out of it? I didn’t have any brakes and I was out there just half-throttling it, but with everybody dropping out we got a sixth.”

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Steve Francis Still Looking For Consistency After Closing Month With Up-And-Down ‘Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek’   ASHLAND, KY – Aug. 2, 2010 – For Steve Francis, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek’ was seemingly a microcosm of his 2010 season: he ran well, but not consistently well enough for his liking.  

 Over the five-race swing that stretched from July 27-Aug. 1, Francis just couldn’t quite get on track the way he had hoped to after spending the national tour’s two-and-a-half-week mid-summer break relaxing and regrouping.  

“We’re still looking for that consistency we’ve been lacking all year,” said Francis, a 42-year-old dirt Late Model professional from Ashland, Ky. “We’re just too up-and-down and this Speedweek was a perfect example of that. We had some good nights and showed some flashes, but we also struggled one night.”  

 Francis registered his best finish in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek opener on July 27 at Central PA Speedway in Clearfield, Pa., placing third after starting fifth. That would be his lone top-five performance of the week, though he did just miss out on two more with sixth-place finishes on July 30 at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park (after he established a new track record of 14.303 seconds in time trials) and Aug. 1 at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa. (after making a late surge).  

In addition, Francis finished eighth (from the 14th starting spot) in the 50-lap A-Main on July 29 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio – an event that was postponed one day by rain – and 20th on July 31 at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio. His finish at Muskingum County came after he started 11th, leaving him with his most frustrating night of the Speedweek.  

 “I’ve had three of those (off) nights this year – Farmer City, Can-Am and Muskingum – and I still have no explanation for any of them,” said Francis, who finished one lap down at Muskingum County. “Same race car in all them…we just missed something real bad.”  

Francis felt he ended the swing on a high note with his sixth-place run at Eriez. He liked how his self-owned Valvoline Rocket car performed in a 50-lap race that ran caution-free from start-to-finish.  

 “We were way better than (Saturday night at Muskingum),” said Francis. “I just needed a longer race. My car kept getting better and better – I think I got three (cars) in the last three laps. But (Tim) McCreadie, the 33 car (Chris Hackett), (Rick) Eckert and (Tim) Fuller were all racing two-by-two in front of me for a long time, and I had to just kinda sit there until one of them decided to go.  

 “I hope the things we learned and fixed (at Eriez) help us going forward,” added Francis, who sits fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, 172 points behind leader Josh Richards. “We kind of got back to doing the things I used to three years ago, and it seemed to make my car a little better – not great, but a little better. It’s something to build on.”  

Francis failed to record a win in the 11 WoO LMS events he entered over the past month (including the Aug. 1 race at Eriez), but he rang up three top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He did enjoy the thrill of victory once, on July 23 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky., when he accepted a last-minute offer to drive Chad Stapleton’s car and promptly guided it to the checkered flag in the high-banked track’s weekly 25-lap feature.  

 The month of July also included a rare in-season family vacation for Francis, who spent a week out west with his wife Amanda and 11-year-old daughter Alexis. They visited, among other places, Las Vegas, DisneyLand, Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier and the Grand Canyon.  

 Francis returns to action this week with a WoO LMS trip to the Upper Midwest for events on Wed., Aug. 4, at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway (50 laps, $10,000 to win) and Aug. 5-7 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. (the 23rd annual USA Nationals topped by a $50,000-to-win 100-lapper).  

 Fans can stay up-to-date on all the latest Steve Francis news and information by visiting his Web site at www.stevefrancisracing.com.  

 Steve Francis Racing carries support from Valvoline, Rocket Chassis, Custom Racing Engines, Keyser’s Port City Racing, VP Race Fuels, Performance Rod & Custom, Harbaugh Amusement, Duralite Racing Wheels, Tim Logan Racing and Hoosier Racing Tire.

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Steve Francis wasn’t happy with his performance on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Wild West Tour,’ but he at least headed home from the four-race swing on a positive note after finishing third in the ‘Great Plains 50’ on July 10 at Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, S.D.    “We ran across something (at Huron),” said Francis, who started from the pole and led the first lap of the ‘Wild West Tour’ finale. “We were so horrible this whole trip, and so inconsistent this whole year, that when we unloaded Tim (Logan, his crew chief) and I talked about changing some things around. Our car’s been carrying the wheels and acting all kinds of stupid – and we have no rhyme or reason for it – so we finally decided we were gonna give the car what it was saying instead of doing what common sense tells ‘ya.  

“We definitely made some progress. For the feature we were just way too tight – in the heat race (which he won easily) the track was just right for us, a little bit slippery then. We didn’t do too much before the feature, and when that rubber came we were just way too tight. I was scared to change much because we’ve been that bad – when you’ve been bad and all of a sudden your car is that good in a heat race, it’s hard to change a whole lot – so we’ll take that and try to build on it.”  

 Driving the Rocket car owned by Tim Logan in all four ‘Wild West Tour’ events, Francis was superb in qualifying. He set fast time for the ‘Gopher 50’ on July 7 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and the ‘Mid-States Hydraulics 50’ on July 8 at Superior (Wis.) Speedway and then timed third-fastest on July 9 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., and fourth-fastest at DSFS. He also won a heat race at every track except Superior.  

 But Francis didn’t get the A-Main finishes he was looking for. At Deer Creek, he started sixth and finished seventh in a quiet, steady run. He finished one lap down in 12th at Superior after drawing a caution flag on lap 16 when he tangled with Austin Hubbard while battling for sixth and executed a 360-degree spin; he pitted moments later to change a flat left-rear tire. And at River Cities he was credited with a ninth-place finish after rain stopped the race with 21 of 50 laps complete, forcing official to declare the event official because the series could not return to the track this season.  

With the WoO LMS idle until the five-race Ohio/Pennsylvania Speedweek starts on July 27 at Central PA Speedway in Clearfield, Pa., Francis has no plans to enter any races during his down time.  

 “We’ll take the next two weeks off and try to get everything geared back up,” said Francis, who sits fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, 116 points behind leader Josh Richards. “I’m gonna take a few days and take my daughter on vacation, do nothing but spend time with her and then come back and really get focused the last week before we go back to it. Tim and Deric (his other crewman) are gonna take a few days and get away too – you know, let everybody recharge their batteries and then be wide open for the rest of the year.”

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A holiday-weekend World of Outlaws Late Model Series doubleheader in the Volunteer State produced a pair of top-10 finishes for Steve Francis -- including a near-win on Saturday night (July 3) at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway. Francis kicked off his trip with an eighth-place finish in Friday night's 'Invasion 50' at Wartburg (Tenn.) Speedway. He started 12th and had his attempts to move further forward hampered by the quarter-mile oval's track surface, which took rubber midway through the A-Main.

The veteran was in the thick of the battle all night 24 hours later at Tazewell, a high-banked one-third-mile oval he had last visited seven years ago. He started fourth and was second by lap 15; he spent the remainder of the distance running there, trying hard to unseat eventual winner Shane Clanton.

“I think I was more maneuverable, but he could run a faster lane in the open every lap,” Francis said of Clanton. “There wasn’t enough off of (turn) four to really pass. He was gonna have to make a mistake for me to get by him.   “We ran first and second, though, so I’m happy. Me and Shane have been working on a lot of stuff together, so it was a good race for both of us.”

Francis, who is ranked fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, headed back to his shop in Ashland, Ky., following Tazewell's checkered flag for a quick prep stop-over before heading out for the four-race WoO LMS 'Wild West Tour,' which begins on Wed., July 7, at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. The swing also includes events on July 8 at Superior (Wis.) Speedway, July 9 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., and July 10 at Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, S.D.

Steve Francis Hoping He’s Found His Rhythm As Calendar Turns To July

ASHLAND, KY – June 29, 2010 – Steve Francis hopes that he’s found his rhythm as the racing calendar turns to the month of July.    Coming off an up-and-down ‘Great Northern Tour’ swing with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, Francis feels that he’s on the verge of breaking out with his self-owned, Valvoline-sponsored team.  

 “Like I’ve said before, we’re not exactly where we need to be yet,” said Francis, who heads into July with a total of two wins, eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in his 28 overall starts to date. “We’re not doing bad and we’re still making money, but we know we can be better. We just need to find that consistency with our program.  

“We’re gonna go home and regroup a little bit this week (after a very busy month of June) and see if we can get geared up for the rest of the summer. With a little work, I think we’ll get this thing figured out.”  

Francis, 42, of Ashland, Ky., enjoyed his highlight of the past month on June 20 at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway, a quarter-mile Canadian oval that he mastered en route to a flag-to-flag victory in a 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main. He was never seriously challenged as he marched away to his second tour win of 2010, worth $10,600.  

 The Cornwall triumph, which came in his first WoO LMS start of ’10 behind the wheel of a Rocket car owned by his crew chief Tim Logan, was a huge pick-me-up for Francis and his team. He began the Great Northern Tour with a frustrating 13th-place run on June 15 at Can-Am Motorsports Park in Lafargeville, N.Y. – an outing that prompted Francis to say, “That was absolutely the worst race car I’ve ever sat in.”  

Yes, something was amiss with his normally dependable Rocket machine that evening at Can-Am. He was so disgusted with his performance that he nearly pulled out Logan’s car for the next show, on June 17 at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont., but he opted to stay with the same car and get it back on the right track.  

 After driving Logan’s car to victory at Cornwall, Francis explained why he stuck with his own mount for the event at Merrittville, where he ended up leading laps 7-28 and finishing fifth in the track’s inaugural 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main. Only an incorrect tire choice prevented him for contending for the victory to the finish.  

 “We were gonna run this (Logan car) at all three Canadian racetracks (that were scheduled as part of the Great Northern Tour),” said Francis. “But after we ran so bad with my car at Can-Am we held off on running (Logan’s car) for one more race. I’m one of those people that’s kind of stubborn, kind of hard-headed, so I had to figure out what was wrong with my car.  

“We worked all day long and part of the night to get it ready for Merrittville. We found that we had three or four different little things wrong – we put a different motor in it, the brake caliper was acting up on it, we had a couple heim ends we weren’t real happy with. The way we ran at Merrittville made me feel a lot better.”  

Francis, who suffered Great Northern Tour rainouts on June 19 at Quebec’s Autodrome Drummond and June 22 at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway (the races will be made up on Aug. 23 and 24, respectively), closed the month of June with three days of racing on June 24-26 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., as part of the Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com. He was solid but not spectacular, finishing 11th (Thursday) and seventh (Friday) in the 30-lap preliminary A-Mains before closing out the weekend with a ninth-place run in the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100.   Francis, who started 11th in the 100-lapper, was hampered throughout the distance by a stuck carburetor that made it difficult for him to negotiate the four-tenths-mile oval’s slick turns.  

Francis will kick off his July racing schedule this weekend with a WoO LMS trip to the Volunteer State for events on July 2 at Wartburg (Tenn.) Speedway and July 3 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway. He enters the doubleheader ranked fourth in the tour’s points standings, 114 points behind leader Josh Richards.  

Fans can stay up-to-date on all the latest Steve Francis news and information by visiting his Web site at www.stevefrancisracing.com.  

Steve Francis Racing carries support from Valvoline, Rocket Chassis, Custom Racing Engines, Keyser’s Port City Racing, VP Race Fuels, Performance Rod & Custom, Harbaugh Amusement, Duralite Racing Wheels, Tim Logan Racing and Hoosier Racing Tire.

Francis Stays Ahead Of The Fray In Tim Logan's Car To Emerge Triumphant At Cornwall Motor Speedway

CORNWALL, ONT - June 20, 2010 - Steve Francis got his groove back on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a dominant performance in Sunday night’s 50-lap A-Main at Cornwall Motor Speedway. Making his first WoO LMS start of the season in a Rocket car owned by his crew chief Tim Logan, Francis took advantage of a pole position start to lead every lap of the national tour’s third annual visit to Ron Morin’s finely-manicured Canadian quarter-mile oval.

Francis, 42, of Ashland, Ky., rolled to his second series victory of 2010, staying safely ahead of the sometimes wild position-swapping that went on behind him. In fact, second place changed hands five times among three drivers during the event, but no one was able to seriously challenge the 2007 WoO LMS champion.

“As the racetrack slicked off (the car) just got better and better and better,” said Francis, who earned $10,600 for becoming the fourth repeat winner of the 2010 WoO LMS campaign. “In the feature the thing was basically on a rail. You could drive it about anywhere. We ran the top of (turns) one and two and the top of three and four at points, which shows how good it was.”

Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., futilely chased Francis under the checkered flag, finishing 1.338 seconds behind the winner in his Rocket car. The 2008 WoO LMS titlist overtook Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., coming down for the white flag to secure the runner-up spot.

Fuller, who had passed Lanigan for second just before a caution flag flew on lap 32 and briefly peeked underneath Francis following the restart, settled for a third-place finish in the Gypsum Express Rocket car. The run ended Fuller’s two-race winning streak on the WoO LMS ‘Great Northern Tour.’

Fuller’s Gypsum Express Racing teammate, DIRTcar big-block Modified star Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., advanced from the ninth starting spot to finish fourth in his first WoO LMS start of 2010. A former Super DIRTcar Series event winner at Cornwall, Decker earned the $500 WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn’t won a tour A-Main and wasn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings.

Tour rookie Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., placed fifth at Cornwall for the second straight year, nipping Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., by inches at the finish line in Dale Beitler’s Rocket car. The 18-year-old sensation, who started 10th, cracked the top five despite running virtually the entire distance with his car’s steering hampered by a broken rack.

Stone finished sixth – the same position he started the race – after climbing as high as fourth. He was bidding to pass Lanigan for third on lap 21 when he slid off the backstretch, dropping him to seventh and forcing him to spend the remainder of the distance working his way back into contention.

Francis had no problems in Logan’s machine, which he finally decided to press into service on this year’s Outlaw trail. He kicked off the Great Northern Tour driving his own Valvoline-sponsored car to finishes of 13th on June 15 at Can-Am Motorsports in Lafargeville, N.Y., and fifth on June 17 at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont., before Saturday’s event at Quebec’s Autodrome Drummond was rained out. “

“Tim’s put a lot of time and effort into my whole program this year,” said Francis, who had planned to run Logan’s car at Drummond. “Part of our deal this year was I was gonna run his car in some races, but it seems like every time we unloaded his car (this year), it rained out.

“I’m real happy that we finally got to run this thing. It really helps Tim a lot, and it helps (engine builder) Russell Baker too – we ran a brand-new 11-degree motor, something a little bit different. We’ve run this motor twice – we sat on the outside pole at West Virginia Motor Speedway and won here tonight. Obviously, it’s a pretty good car and engine combination.”

Good enough for Francis to cool down the sizzling Fuller and record his 28th career WoO LMS triumph – more than any other driver on the tour since 2004.

“I kept watching where Fuller was because he’s on a hot streak,” said Francis, whose previous WoO LMS victory this season came on March 27 at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. “When I looked and seen he got by Darrell and Clint (Smith) for second, I thought, ‘Well, here he comes again.’

“I saw Fuller shoot in there under me on that one restart (lap 32), but I just said, ‘Hit your marks and you’ll be fine.’ I don’t want to say I was that confident, but I knew my car was so good that if I hit my marks, I’d be OK.”

The 42-year-old Fuller, who started fifth, tipped his helmet to Francis after falling short at a track where he has experience in DIRTcar big-block and 358-Modified competition.

“He was more consistent getting through the ruts and the bumps,” Fuller said of Francis. “I could stay with him for one lap and then he’d start checking out. He was really good.”

Lanigan, who turned 40 on June 3, also failed to keep pace with Francis.

“We were set up for the bottom,” said Lanigan. “If we could hit it just right we’d have something for him, but if we missed it we’d just hang there. Francis could just move all around better.”

Lanigan’s second-place finish gave him a big boost in the WoO LMS points standings, moving him from second to third and leaving him just 14 points behind leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who finished 15th with a car that was plagued by handling problems from damage to the left side of its nosepiece. Richards bent his car’s nose when he caught the berm on the inside of turn one just three laps into the race and further damaged it on lap 11 when he swerved into the turn-two hill to avoid Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who lurched into Richards’s path when he restarted his car after sliding off the track between turns one and two to bring out a caution flag.

McCreadie, who entered the event ranked second in the points standings, restarted at the rear of the field after his off-track excursion and charged back to salvage a seventh-place finish – right where he had been running on lap 11. He fell to third in the points standings but sliced his deficit to Richards from 36 to 20 points.

Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., faded to an eighth-place finish after starting fourth. Coleby Frye of Dover, Pa., who took a break from his regular job as car chief of Hubbard’s Beitler Motorsports mount to drive Clint Smith’s backup car, placed ninth and eighth-starter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was 10th after rallying from an early-race scramble that caused him to fall all the way back to 19th.

Four caution flags slowed the race. After McCreadie triggered the first yellow on lap 11, subsequent cautions were brought out on lap 31 by Richards (stopped and then pitted); lap 32 by Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio (stopped on backstretch); and lap 44 by Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa. (spun in turn four from left-front bodywork damage sustained in a scrape while battling Clanton for seventh).

The upset of the evening was pulled off in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials by Frye, who recorded the show’s fastest qualifying circuit after getting a last-minute opportunity to drive Smith’s backup car. The 25-year-old Keystone State dirt Late Model racer ripped off a lap of 12.467 seconds – just a tick off the track record – to earn his first-ever quick-time honor on the WoO LMS.

Heat winners were Francis, Clint Smith and Stone. With the field numbering exactly 24 cars, no B-Main was run.

Smith went on to finish 12th in the A-Main after running second for much of the race’s first half. He was hampered by a broken engine valve throughout the distance, causing a loss of power that cost him ground on each restart.

The WoO LMS ‘Great Northern Tour’ continues on Tues., June 22, at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway before concluding on June 24-26 with the Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of WoO Late Model Series at Cornwall Motor Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (1) Steve Francis/50 $10,600 2. (3) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,600 3. (5) Tim Fuller/50 $3,575 4. (9) Billy Decker/50 $3,100 5. (10) Austin Hubbard/50 $2,750 6. (6) Dan Stone/50 $1,700 7. (12) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,000 8. (4) Shane Clanton/50 $1,800 9. (13) Coleby Frye/50 $1,250 10. (8) Rick Eckert/50 $1,600 11. (18) Brent Robinson/50 $1,050 12. (2) Clint Smith/50 $1,500 13. (14) Chub Frank/50 $1,450 14. (17) Ricky Elliott/50 $900 15. (7) Josh Richards/50 $1,450 16. (11) Russell King/49 $1,300 17. (16) April Farmer/49 $770 18. (15) Greg Oakes/49 $750 19. (20) Peter Mantha Jr./48 $730 20. (21) Jill George/48 $700 21. (22) Larry Wight/47 $700 22. (23) Charlie Sandercock/ $700 23. (24) Philip Potts/46 $725 24. (19) Caley Weese/45 $700

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 26 Mins., 44.617 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.338 Secs. Yellow Flags: 4 (Laps 11, 31, 32, 44) Lap Leaders: Francis (1-50) Provisional Starters: None Rookie of the Race: Hubbard ($250) WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Decker ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. F44-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 12.467 2. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 12.468 3. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 12.479 4. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 12.555 5. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 12.567 6. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 12.586 7. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 12.593 8. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 12.611 9. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 12.621 10. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 12.655 11. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 12.737 12. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 12.751 13. 25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA 12.761 14. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 12.889 15. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 12.894 16. 99L-Larry Wight/Baldwinsville, NY 13.029 17. 2-Ricky Elliott/Seaford, DE 13.100 18. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 13.141 19. 14-April Farmer/Livingston, TN 13.209 20. 1cfr-Peter Mantha Jr./Gatineau, QUE 13.219 21. 22x-Greg Oakes/Franklinville, NY 13.305 22. 77-Caley Weese/Belleville, ONT 13.987 23. 57-Charlie Sandercock/Belleville, ONT 14.040 24. 29P-Philip Potts/Frankford, ONT 14.349

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 2 Redraw): Francis, Clanton, Richards, Hubbard, Frye, Farmer, Weese, Wight

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Redraw): C. Smith, Lanigan, Eckert, King, Frank, Elliott, Mantha, Sandercock

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 2 Redraw): Stone, Fuller, Decker, McCreadie, Oakes, Robinson, George, Potts

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Billy Decker MSD Ignition ($75 cash award): Tim Fuller MSD Ignition ($25 cash award): Philip Potts Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash award to fastest qualifier w/decal): Coleby Frye Pink Carburetors ($100 product certificate): Austin Hubbard Pink Carburetors ($50 product certificate): Caley Weese Quartermaster ($100 product certificate): Tim Fuller Quartermaster ($50 product certificate): Tim McCreadie Quartermaster ($25 product certificate): Russell King R2C Performance ($100 cash): Billy Decker Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to highest finisher w/decal): Tim Fuller

2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 20 – 19 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Josh Richards 2628 (-0) 2. Darrell Lanigan 2614 (-14) 3. Tim McCreadie 2608 (-20) 4. Steve Francis 2546 (-82) 5. Tim Fuller 2544 (-84) 6. Austin Hubbard 2496 (-132) 7. Rick Eckert 2440 (-188) 8. Shane Clanton 2422 (-206) 9. Chub Frank 2378 (-250) 10. Clint Smith 2318 (-310) 11. Russell King 2186 (-442) 12. Brady Smith 2020 (-608) 13. Brent Robinson 1978 (-650) 14. Jill George 1542 (-1086) 15. Vic Coffey 924 (-1704) 16. Brian Birkhofer 830 (-1798) 17. Dan Stone 780 (-1848) 18. Dale McDowell 748 (-1880) 19. April Farmer 746 (-1882) 20. Billy Moyer 696 (-1932)

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LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, they can experience the excitement of the nation’s premier tour live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.

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The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), SuperClean (Official Cleaner-Degreaser), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and Chizmark Larson Insurance; in addition to contingency sponsors Eibach Springs, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pink Carburetors, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassi, R2C Performance and Wrisco Aluminum.

Dream Update...

A long five days spent at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, ended in frustrating fashion for Steve Francis.Francis headed home to Ashland, Ky., after the Dream's checkered flag, but only for a quick stop. His crew chief, Tim Logan, returned to the shop on Sunday to prepare the two cars that Francis will take with him on the road with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for the next week -- the 'Great Northern Tour' begins on June 15 at Can-Am Motorsports Park in Lafargeville, N.Y., and continues through the Firecracker 100 on June 24-26 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.

After kicking off his stay at the half-mile oval by fielding a Tornadoes-sponsored dirt Late Model for NASCAR star Ryan Newman in the 'Prelude to a Dream' charity race on June 9 (Newman finished 16th in the feature event), Francis sought the $100,000 top prize in the 100-lap 'Dream XVI' event. He started his assault on Friday night by timing 21st in the 104-car qualifying session and then drove to victory in Saturday night's third 15-lap heat race. Francis earned the fourth starting spot for the 100-lap A-Main, which was postponed to Sunday afternoon by rain. His hopes were high to contend for victory, but his chances were diminished on the first lap when he slapped the outside wall between turns one and two, leaving the right side of his car's rear spoiler with significant damage. He managed to keep his No. 15 inside the top five despite the handicap, but on lap 41 he retired after his attempt to slide by Steve Casebolt for fourth place ended with his car climbing the turn-four wall.

“I made the real smart move of trying to knock the wall down on lap two and then doing it again (on lap 41),” said Francis, who finished 21st after retiring with body and suspension damage following his second incident (his car was also starting to overheat from a punctured radiator). “I felt like my car was real maneuverable, but after messing up that spoiler we were done.”

Weekend Update...

Steve Francis and his Tim Logan-led crew worked hard to earn their pair of top-10 finishes in last weekend's World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'RaceFest World Championships' at West Virginia Motor Speedway. Francis and Co. made a pair of engine changes -- one after time trials on Saturday night (May 29) in search of a powerplant combination more suitable for the big five-eighths-mile oval, another on Sunday afternoon (May 30) because Francis was concerned about his motor running hot during Saturday's A-Main (he attributed the overheating to nosepiece airflow problems he needs to correct). The engine he installed on Sunday was a Russell Baker-built piece that was fetched from Logan's shop on Sunday morning by Steve's wife, Amanda, who skipped Saturday's action to help her parents run their weekly program at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky.

All the work in the hot weather allowed Francis to finish ninth (from the 17th starting spot) in Saturday's 30-lap A-Main and a solid fourth in Sunday's 40-lapper, during which he was a contender throughout the distance but was hampered by a slight overheating condition. He ended the weekend ranked fourth in the points standings, 102 points behind leader Josh Richards.   "We want see if we can work our way back into this points thing a little bit," said Francis, who entered the weekend 120 points out of first place. "We only gained a little this weekend, but there's a long way to go. Maybe we can get ourselves into a fairly safe fourth and go from there."

Weekend Update....

A pair of third-place finishes last week left Steve Francis feeling pretty good about his Valvoline-sponsored racing team. Francis authored back-to-back third-place runs on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, on May 13 in the 'First State 50' at Delaware International Speedway and May 15 in the 'Conococheague 50' at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway. He was a contender for victory in both events -- at Delaware he chased eventual winner Josh Richards early until losing second to Brady Smith on a lap-23 restart and then easing his car home with an overheating engine, and at Hagerstown he actually passed Richards for the lead on lap 18 but lost it the following circuit and ultimately settled for third after Darrell Lanigan slipped by him on the final lap.

"We'll take the top threes," said Francis, who moved to fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, 120 points behind leader Richards after 14 events. "I feel like we've got the corner turned with our program. We're getting to where we need to be."

Francis closed out his weekend by entering Sunday's O'Reilly All-Star Late Model Series event at West Virginia Motor Speedway behind the wheel of Tim Logan's machine. He won a heat race to put himself in position for a solid evening, but rain forced the postponement of the A-Main to a date to be named later.