Fran
Eckart

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 Last entry 10/22/05.

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Bio


Fran began her racing career in 1994 in the Mini Stock division at Lanier National Speedway. Her racing career was interrupted that year due to a bout with Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy treatments, but she still finished the season in 27th position. With determination to beat the cancer and passion to continue her racing, Fran was determined to finish in the top 10 in points the following year and she did. In 1995, she finished 8th in points. Again, that little dragon cancer was back in Fran's life. In 1996 she was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and even though she had to go through Chemotherapy treatments again she continued to race and more determined than ever to beat the disease and finish the 1996 raacing season. She did both. Fran finished a respectable 7th in points for the 1996 racing season. The 1997 season was a disappointing year but also a good year. Fran says, "The 1997 season was like riding a roller coaster. We lost the points championship that year bu just a mere 4 points, and the loss came the last race of the season">

In 1998, Fran's husband Jim built her a race truck and ever since then she has been competing in the Pro Truck Division at Lanier National Speedway. In her first year racing the truck she finished a respectable 6th in points. From 1998 to 2002, Fran has finished in the top 10 in points. In 1999 Fran was voted Most Popular Driver in the Truck Division and in 2000 won the Hard Charger Award. Presently Fran is the only female competing in the Truck Division at Lanier National Speedway.

Fran has been interviewed on various radio programs and has been highlighted in local newspapers regarding her racing, and to encourage people with cancer to let them know that althought they have the disease they can still pursue their dreams. Fox Sports Net has also done a TV special for their Monday night show regarding Fran and her racing.

Although Fran has not won a race yet, she feels that she has won the biggest race of her life by beating cancer.

Source: jandfracing.com/

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