latemodelamerica.com - Mar 27 - Lone Star Speedway Part 2
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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.

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