WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 8, 2014) – Steve Francis left no doubt on Saturday Night in winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Golden Isles Speedway. Francis led all the way for his 14th career series win on the final night for the 2014 Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing.
Francis crossed the finish line ahead of Eddie Carrier Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist and Brandon Sheppard to become the third different winner of the weekend.
“I can’t say enough about this Barry Wright Race Car. It handled so well all night long, the only time I was concerned was coming off of the fourth turn a few times was jumping the cushion and losing my momentum. I had to make sure I got into that corner the best I could,” said the winner.
“This track is still awful fast, this is the third time to reconfigure it, and they finally hit on it. I think all weekend long it was a great show for the fans. You can race anywhere on it, we had a lot of fun out there tonight, obviously it was a great points night, and a really good start to the season.”
Last year Francis was runnerup to champion Jimmy Owens in the last year’s point’s battle. He and his Clint Bowyer Racing Team have again set their sights on winning the title in 2014. “I have to thank Clint for giving me this opportunity. He gives us what we need, the Clements Racing Engine had plenty of horsepower and it’s great to win for Georgia Boot and everybody associated with them.”
Francis started on the pole and had challenges both Carrier and Sheppard for the first 20 laps of the race. Sheppard was able to make his way around Carrier on lap 20. Sheppard then hounded Francis for several circuits until a late restart hurt him. On the final restart Carrier would regain the second spot. Sheppard then would get sideways in turn four losing spots to Pearson and Bloomquist.
Carrier would hound Francis until the final laps when Francis built a lead that would carry him to the checkers. “On that last restart, I tried to stay with Steve the best I could. We were not going to beat him tonight. It was another good run for us. We will be ready for East Bay next week and hopefully continue our strong efforts.”
Pearson, who recorded 3-third place finishes in the three races held at Golden Isles, earned an additional bonus of $2,000 courtesy of Hot Rod Tracker for garnering the most points. “Many thanks to Hot Rod Tracker for becoming involved with the series and track. We had a real good couple of days here, and we are looking forward to East Bay next week.” Pearson will enter next weeks’ point’s events at East Bay with a five-point lead over Francis.
Completing the top ten were Ray Cook, Brian Shirley, Jared Landers, Don O’Neal and Brady Smith.