Weekend Update...

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.