Steve Francis Will Attempt The DTWC And Freedom 100 This Weekend On The Heels Of His Runner-Up Finish In The UDTRA National Championship Final Points Standings. (Ashland, KY - October 18, 2001) Steve Francis will be pulling double duty this ...
Steve Francis Will Attempt The DTWC And Freedom 100 This Weekend On The Heels Of His Runner-Up Finish In The UDTRA National Championship Final Points Standings.
(Ashland, KY - October 18, 2001) Steve Francis will be pulling double duty this weekend, as the Valvoline driver will enter both the "Jim Dunn Memorial Dirt Track World Championship" at Pennsboro Speedway along with the STARS "Freedom 100" at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, WV. This will be Francis' first visit to Pennsboro Speedway of the 2001 season, and it will mark Steve's third return to the 5/8-mile dirt oval speed plant of West Virginia Motor Speedway in 2001.
Steve is the 1999 champion of the Dirt Track World Championship and is looking to capitalize on both events. "There is a whole lot of money up for grab this weekend, and it certainly will be a busy and exciting weekend for us." states Steve from his Ashland, KY shop discussing this weekend's events. "There will be a car at the pit gate that will take me from track to track between the event schedules. Mark Richards of Rocket Chassis will be giving us some extra assistance this weekend to make sure that everything will run smoothly."
Steve's success at West Virginia Motor Speedway this season includes one UDTRA victory and a third place finish in the unsanctioned Mountain Dew Momma Classic. Francis piloted his Valvoline Motor Oils sponsored Dodge to set fast time during the July 15th UDTRA event. Steve's return to West Virginia Motor Speedway will also be the second appearance of the Dodge "flame" racecar. Francis first unveiled the paint scheme at the Rock/Allegany County Speedway for the "Big Kahuna" events, and the Dodge themed car will also be at all three events for the STARS Fall Nationals at East Bay Raceway.
This past weekend Steve rounded out the UDTRA season with his 33rd overall top-5 finish of the season by storming his Valvoline Dodge from the 20th starting position to finish 5th. Even with Steve's best efforts at the UDTRA Dixie Shootout, the Kentucky native missed his first UDTRA championship by one point. "Going into the Shootout, we did everything that we could do, but just fell short," comments Steve. "Friday night's qualifying run and heat race were due to driver error, but on Saturday night, we put together a good run and still had a very good finish, but fell one point short of the championship."
This is the second straight year that Francis has finished 2nd in the UDTRA championship points standings and capped the year off with a series' best 39 top-10 finishes in 43 feature starts with 25 top-5 finishes. "We are very happy and pleased with the consistency that we posted this year, but we are disappointed with our wins," states Steve. Francis was one of nine drivers who successfully transferred into every UDTRA feature event this season.
Steve Francis would like to thank everyone for making the silent auctions held at Dixie Speedway and the Rock/Allegany County Speedway to benefit the benevolence fund in his brother's memory a success. "I want to thank all the race fans, teams, drivers and everyone who had a part in the silent auctions on making them a huge success. Chris always wanted something in place to benefit families of drivers or crewmen's who become injured or terminally ill, and the Chris Francis Memorial Drivers and Crewman's Benevolence Fund is a great testament to Chris' memory."
To date this season, Steve has started in 57 feature events with three wins, 33 top-5, and 50 top-10 finishes along with 12 fast qualifier awards.
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