LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Steve Francis claimed his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Francis held off fellow Kentucky driver, Brad Neat for the win. Jimmy Owens finished third followed by Jared Landers and John Blankenship.
“They made us work hard for this win tonight. The car got a little hot and it was quite a battle. I had guys running on the inside of me, outside of me, and they were everywhere. The track was in great shape tonight,” said Francis.
Early on, Francis battled with Eddie Carrier Jr. Duane Chamberlain soon caught up to the leaders, and a three-wide battle for the lead ensued. Chamberlain last led on lap 17 until Francis forged ahead.
Neat ran second for three circuits early in the race before falling back but later charged back into the runner-up slot on lap 25. Owens, who started eighth, made his way into the top five near the end after battling side-by-side with Landers for third in the final laps.
“I have to thank Clint Bowyer for giving me this opportunity,” Francis said. “I would also like to thank Barry, Lance, Tommy, and Brian. We all put our heads together and the car was just right! My daughter and wife couldn’t be here tonight, so I guess they will have to watch it on television. We have a lot of great sponsors of course, Georgia Boot, Peak Motor Oil, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, VP, Allstar Performance, Clements Racing Engines, and Barry Wright Race Cars.”
Neat had his best LOLMDS finish of the season.
“Congrats to Steve on the win. We both run Barry Wright Race Cars, but his was just a bit better tonight. It’s an honor to run against these guys, and they are the best in the business,” Neat said.
Owens settled for third.
“We had a good race with Jared! We just couldn’t get up to those first two guys. Only with a caution could we would have had a shot,” Owens said.
Completing the top ten were Greg Johnson, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott James, Dustin Linville and Tim Isenberg.