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.