The driver known as the ‘Kentucky Colonel’ led from start to finish in the 40-lap feature, crossing the line ahead of fellow American Devin Moran, with WA ace Craig Vosbergen taking third.
For Francis he finished the two-night show the same way he started – in winning fashion.
On Friday night he set the quickest time in qualifying and over the course of the event won three heat races.
After two aborted starts for the feature with cars spinning on the opening lap, the race finally got away and ran 12 laps without major incident, regrouping for a restart after Lionel Kirbky spun.
By this stage Moran was in second spot after stalking Vosbergen on the fifth lap.
When the field raced away again Moran launched an attack on Francis but didn’t have the firepower to go through with the move and had to tuck back in behind his fellow countryman.
Francis was left in awe of the venue and the track condition.
“This race track compares to any racetrack in the US right now, it was the absolute most perfect conditions you could ask for tonight,” he said.
“It was a blast, you could race at the top, bottom or middle (of the track) and it didn’t matter.”
Francis said he was aware that Moran was closing and needed to pick up the pace to keep the young gun behind.
“He showed me that I needed to get up on the wheel there for a few laps, I was getting a little complacent.”
Like Francis, Moran was full of praise for the racing conditions but admitted that he revealed his strategy a little early.
“The track was awesome, you could race all over it,” he said. “I wish I hadn’t showed my cards so early in the race, I probably should have waited until one of them last restarts, I just got a little antsy.
“When I was over in Sydney I said that was the best race track in Australia, but I might be biting my tongue right now because this place was awesome tonight.”
Vosbergen, the best of the locals, enjoyed the chance to prove his skills against international talent.
“We’re stoked (to finish third), the two guys in front of us are professional racers,” he said. “Steve has won every race since he has been here and Devin is one of the younger talents in the sport.”
Daniel Keen continued his dominance of the TW Mechanical 360 Sprintcar division, winning the Saturday night feature race from James Inglis and Jason Kendrick at Perth Motorplex.
Keen won the 20-lap feature race by 2.8 seconds and looked comfortable out in front for the duration of the final.
Keen joked at his surprise at his set up working.
“We bolted in shock absorbers that I thought we put us up in space but it paid off,” he said. “It is now three wins for this car and the motor so it is definitely a good package.”
Like many of the other racers during the night, the high line was where Keen was fastest and he said it was a thrilling ride.
“It’s scary (at the top) but after a while it turned into a habit of sticking to the wall, letting the right wheel rub it and away you go.”
Tom Payet claimed another WA Wingless Sprintcar Championship, taking the Saturday night final from Australian champion and team mate Daniel Hartigan and Matty Fellowes.
The race was run in the honour of the late Des J Nash, a key administrator of the division and former racer of note, who passed away 12 months ago.
Payet went into the second night of the battle with confidence, after winning the preliminary feature race on Friday night.
The Saturday feature race was a belter with little to separate the top runners as they chased the high line close to the concrete walls of the dirt oval.
“That was absolutely awesome, we were literally leaning on the wall, I don’t know how the Sprintcar guys do it,” said an excited Payet.
“I’ve been so honoured to win this for Des. We were like best mates, without Des I wouldn’t know half the things that I know.”
Keenan Fleming added his name to the record books, being the latest winner of the Pool Shop Group New Year Speedcar Derby,
The youngster won the time-honoured event from Chris Griffiths (who won the race last year) and Daniel Golding.
Ryan Condren, who was a DNF in the final, won the first two heat races of the night.
Finally in the Alltools Formula 500s, Glenn Carstairs provded too good against Troy Johnson and Luke Nardini.
Speedway action returns on January 28 for the Carbusters Caravan, Boat and Dunny Demo Derby and WA Late Model Title.
Check out some of the action below thanks to Peter Roebuck.