over the race's late stages. McCreadie, who started
third, finished fourth in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket - and left Texas trailing Richards by a mere four points in
the WoO LMS standings - while Lanigan placed fifth in his Rocket mount after starting seventh.
Francis, who is back campaigning his own equipment this season after driving for Maryland car owner Dale Beitler
in 2008-2009, nearly saw his hold on the top spot evaporate on lap 13 when he slid completely sideways between
turns one and two while negotiating slower traffic. Richards was able to erase his half-straightaway deficit to
Francis as the leader fought to regain his momentum.
But while Richards pulled to the inside of Francis rounding turns three and four, Francis managed to remain in
front. A caution flag on lap 14 for the stopped car driven by Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., gave Francis a
chance to catch his breath and he never wavered over the remaining distance.
"That was a close call," said Francis, who earned $10,600. "I ran in there and slid the one lapped car and then
the other lapped car checked up. I was just carrying too much speed at that point and the hole closed. It turned me
sideways, and luckily we were able to hold on."
Smith, who is winless on the WoO LMS since June 2008, kept Francis honest when he drew within a couple car
lengths midway through the A-Main. But the veteran driver known as 'Cat Daddy' gradually lost contact with Francis
during the race's second half, which ran caution-free.
"I think I had something for Francis if I knew I had that much tire left," said Smith, motioning toward the
Hoosier rubber on his car's right-rear corner. "I went a little softer (on tire compound choice) than everybody and
that had me a little concerned. About halfway through I was running a little bit different line and I could get up
on (Francis), but then I thought my tire was gonna blow so I backed up off it."
Just three caution flags slowed the event, including the aborted original start for a turn-two spin by Brian
Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa. Brady Smith headed to the pit area for front-end service by his pit crew after
stopping on lap 14, and Gary Christian, a 16-year-old from Broken Bow, Okla., executed a spin in turn two on lap 25
in his WoO LMS debut.
Finishing in positions 6-10 was Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., who started eighth; Shane Clanton of Locust
Grove, Ga., who slipped backward from the sixth starting slot; Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.; Billy Moyer of
Batesville, Ark.; and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who started fifth but was never a factor one night after winning
his first WoO LMS A-Main of 2010 at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas.