Weekend Update...

After sliding backward from the sixth starting spot to finish a disappointing 10th in the 'Land of Lincoln 50' on May 7 at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, Steve Francis came back strong the next night to end his World of Outlaws Late Model Series weekend in the Midwest on a high note. Racing at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky. -- the high-banked oval that is promoted by his new in-laws, David and Anita Ferrell -- Francis recorded a strong second-place finish in the 50-lap 'My Old Kentucky Home Shootout.' Though he slipped back as far as fifth early in the event after starting from the pole position and leading the opening lap, he rallied to regain the runner-up spot from Darrell Lanigan on lap 43.

"I couldn't run with (winner Jimmy) Owens," said Francis. "But I can't complain about a second. At one point I thought I was gonna be about a 10th-place car, so we were fortunate to get back to second.

"We kinda got our car a little too tight (at Bluegrass), which is is first for us this year. We're still working on finding that balance. I think we're gaining on a lot of things, but we're still not where we want it to be."

Francis pulled into a tie with Tim Fuller for fourth place in the WoO LMS points standings entering this weekend'ss East Coast doubleheader at Delaware International Speedway on Thurs., May 13, and Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Sat., May 15.