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Steve Francis Retires, Becomes Lucas LM Technical Director
November 17, 2017
Steve Francis, the 2007 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion, is hanging up his driving gloves in order become the new technical director for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Steve Francis Retires, Becomes Lucas LM Technical Director

Steve Francis, the 2007 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion, is hanging up his driving gloves in order become the new technical director for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The opportunity, according to the 50-year-old National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, came at exactly the right time.

“Everything fell right into place. It was kind of like it was almost meant to be,” Francis said.

“I’m very fortunate that I have the whole Lucas team as a group behind me. Guys like Rick Schwallie, Ritchie Lewis, Ernie (Leftwich) with the MLRA, the guys who have already worked with Lucas at the race track to kind of steer me through those things,” Francis continued.

One issue Francis might have to overcome is learning “how to take the racer out of me and be the tech guy.”

As for his racing career, Francis stated he will no longer be a driver. His new Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series agreement even has a “no compete” clause detailing that he will not drive, own or consult on any race cars throughout his tenure.

Francis, a winner of almost every major dirt late model race held in the United States, acknowledged it’ll be hard for him not to miss driving a race car. With that in mind, Francis is thankful for the chance to remain in the sport. He’ll just be wearing a different uniform.

“The flip side of that is I’m fortunate enough to still be around the sport and contribute, just in a different way than being a race car driver.”