PAINESVILLE, OH – Super Late Model contender Albert Francis will continue his foray into Late Model racing this weekend, with his first ever Fairgrounds Speedway appearance.
The young standout scored Outlaw wins at Toledo Speedway and Midvale Speedway throughout the 2019 campaign and has recently begun to focus more of his team’s confidence and results than checkered flags.
“Our team believes that we have all the reasons in the world to be confident going into Nashville,” says Francis. “We debuted this car at Jennerstown for their big event in August and we were able to find some speed right off the bat. We won the ‘B Main’ to make the event that weekend, so that was a big shot in the arm.”
“Then we took it up to Jukasa (Motor Speedway) for the Canadian [Short Track] Nationals and ran real well with it before we cut a tire late in the day. It’s all starting to come together for us with this deal. We haven’t taken any shortcuts with this car and I’m excited about the progress we’ve been making.”
While Francis has already logged experience in a handful of large-scale Pro Late Model events, he knows that the All American weekend will be an entirely new experience.
“When you have an event this big that draws this type of entry list it’s a whole different kind of race,” notes the Ohio native. “When you’re running against this level of talent, you have to ask more of yourself than you ever would otherwise. If you make a mistake – no matter how small – these top-level guys will make you pay for it.”
“We’re bringing a piece to Nashville that we know can compete against the top teams in the division,” adds Francis. “This is a huge weekend for Late Model racing. If you can finish on the podium you can be sure that everyone in the industry is going to hear about it.”
“There’s not a single team headed to Nashville that isn’t pouring every once of effort they have into making sure they’re at their best – and that’s contagious. When you know that the guys you’re racing with are coming with their absolute best it just pushes you to work harder.”
The 100-lap Pro Late Model event will serve as the under-card to the much-anticipated 400-lap Super Late Model headliner on Sunday afternoon and Francis sees the showcase as the perfect chance to introduce himself to a wider audience.
“Every aspect of our program is getting better with each one of our starts,” insists the well-spoken youngster. “I’m excited to show just what I can do this weekend. Our Pro Late (Model) stuff is miles ahead of where it was when we first started and I feel like I’ve improved a lot as a driver.”
“I’m smarter each time we roll this car off the trailer,” adds Francis. “I understand how to be more efficient behind the wheel and I’m doing all that I can to get the absolute most out of the equipment my guys give me. This is going to be a big weekend for us.”
Albert Francis’ Fairgrounds Speedway debut is made possible thanks to the support of Francis Engineering, Habco Tool and Development, Legan Trucking, CPE Inc., Eastern Excavating, Hemly Tool and Supply, Lawson Tree Service, Hambden Corners and McIntosh Oil Co.