Don O'Neal Releases 2018 Schedule
of Events; Starts at Golden Isles!
21, 2017) As the calendar is about ready
to flip to 2018, "The Real Deal" Don O'Neal and the Clint
Bowyer Racing (CBR) team released a full schedule of events for
next year today online at www.dononeal5.com. The #5 team will return
for another tour of duty with the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series after finishing fourth in the final series point
standings in 2017 with two series victories. Don will lift the lid
to his '18 campaign in the annual 'Super Bowl of Racing' at Golden
Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia on February 2-3. View these
confirmed schedule dates by pointing your web browser to www.dononeal5.com!
(Todd Healy Photo)
O'Neal and CBR Close Out 2017 Campaign
in Gateway Dirt Nationals
17, 2017) The #5 Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR)
team wrapped up their busy 2017 racing season on December 14-16
during the 2nd Annual 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' at The Dome at America's
Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The three-day extravaganza at the
makeshift 1/5-mile indoor oval started on Thursday night and Don
O'Neal stopped the clock fourteenth fastest in Group B during the
time trial session. He later started the $5,000 to win 'Race of
Champions' from the pole position and finished second behind only
victor Shannon Babb!
In Friday's preliminary show in downtown St. Louis, Don ran third
in his loaded heat race prior to moving up four spots during the
$5,000 to win, 20-lap main event to finish in the sixth position.
All eyes of the 94 competitors were then fixated on the whopping
$30,000 top prize in Saturday evening's 'Gateway Dirt Nationals'
grand finale. The Martinsville, Indiana standout won his B-Main,
but was unfortunately an early retiree in the 40-lapper to wind
up twenty-second in the final rundown. Complete results from the
season-ending 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' can be found online at www.gatewaydirt.com.
(Jeff Hall Photo)
Don O'Neal Suffers Late Flat Tire
in Blue-Gray 100; Finishes Eighth
20, 2017) The Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team
traveled to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on Sunday,
November 19 for the annual running of the 'Blue-Gray 100.' Don O'Neal
knocked down the eleventh quickest lap overall during Carolina Clash
Super Late Model Series time trials prior to running second in his
stacked heat race. After starting the $15,000 to win headliner from
the inside of the third row, Don was running in the fifth position
on lap 95 when a flat tire sent him to the pit area with only a
handful of circuits remaining in the contest. After returning to
the speedplant, the Martinsville, Indiana standout salvaged an eighth
place performance in the 'Blue-Gray 100.' Full results from Cherokee
can be accessed online at www.carolinaclash.com.
O'Neal Back in Action in World Finals
at Dirt Track at Charlotte
5, 2017) Don O'Neal and his #5 CBR team rolled
into the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina
on November 2-4 for the 11th annual running of the 'World Finals,'
which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series. The final two events on the national touring
series calendar over the weekend at the 4/10-mile speedplant both
boasted a $12,000 winner's check and drew a stellar 75 car field.
During the two rounds of qualifying on Thursday night, Don posted
the eighth quickest lap in Group B during the first session and
the seventeenth fastest time in Group A in the final session.
On Friday evening at the Charlotte-area facility,
Don grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his stacked
heat race prior to climbing up to fourteenth in the 50-lap feature
event. In Saturday's finale, Don unfortunately suffered a flat tire
in his heat race and did not start his B-Main, which unfortunately
kept him out of the 50-lapper. Full results from the lucrative 'World
Finals' weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Don O'Neal Finishes Lucas Oil Season
Fourth in Final Point Standings!
22, 2017) The CBR team wrapped up the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion of their 2017 schedule on October
20-21 in the 37th Annual 'Dirt Track World Championship' at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. A stellar field of 72 competitors
converged at the southern Ohio facility - located on the banks of
the Ohio River - for the $100,000 to win crown jewel spectacular.
On Friday night at PRP, Don O'Neal drove his throwback #71 machine
to a win in his first heat race of the evening and a fourth place
showing in his second and final prelim.
By virtue of racking up the seventh most passing points, Don started
Saturday's 100-lap headliner from the inside of the fourth row.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace then raced inside of the top ten through
the early stages of the contest before a broken upper control arm
relegated him to twentieth in the final rundown of the DTWC. Despite
the mechanical trouble, Don wound up fourth in the final version
of the LOLMDS point standings after Portsmouth. Full results from
the DTWC weekend can be obtained by pointing your web browser to
O'Neal Dominates PPMS for First Career
Pittsburgher 100 Title!!!
8, 2017) Don O'Neal and the #5 Clint Bowyer
Racing (CBR) team celebrated in victory lane for the fifth time
in 2017 and the second time on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
tour over the October 6-7 weekend in the annual running of the 'Pittsburgher
100' at the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in
Imperial, Pennsylvania! Don was the class of the stellar field all
weekend and dominated by laying down a New Track Record during qualifying
on Friday night before claiming a win in his heat race. During Saturday's
100-lap contest, Don started from the pole position and led each
and every circuit of the caution-plagued race. At the checkers,
the Martinsville, Indiana superstar was well ahead of CBR teammate
Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards, Earl Pearson, Jr., and Jimmy Owens
to bag the hefty $20,000 windfall for his first-ever 'Pittsburgher
100' triumph! He now finds himself fourth in the latest LOLMDS point
standings exiting the penultimate event on the series schedule.
Full results from PPMS can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Runner-Up in Dixie Shootout
& Rome Showdown!!!
2, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
dipped south into the Peach State and took the #5 CBR team to Dixie
Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia
on September 30-October 1 for two more pivotal point battles. On
Saturday evening in the $12,000 to win 'Dixie Shootout,' Don O'Neal
set Fast Time during qualifying, won his heat race, led the first
twenty-two circuits in the 60-lap feature, and eventually placed
a strong runner-up behind only victor Michael Page. In the $10,000
to win 'Rome Showdown' on Sunday night, Don once again won his loaded
heat race prior to recording another runner-up performance in the
50-lapper behind only race winner and CBR teammate Darrell Lanigan.
Complete results from the double-dip in Georgia can be accessed
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
O'Neal Lands Pair of Top Tens in Brownstown's
24, 2017) Don O'Neal and the #5 CBR team
made their way to the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown,
Indiana on September 22-23 for the 38th edition of the 'Jackson
100,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series. In the $7,000 to win weekend opener on Friday night,
Don qualified fourth quickest in Group B during time trials and
later ran third in his stacked heat race. After starting the 30-lap
sprint from the outside of the sixth row, Don was able to drive
up inside of the top ten and eventually nabbed a steady tenth place
At the 1/4-mile fairgrounds facility on Saturday evening, a $15,000
top prize was on the line in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
Don laid down the fifth fastest time in Group A during qualifying
prior to placing second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off
from the inside of the third row in the 100-lap mega-event, the
Martinsville, Indiana superstar quickly made his way to third in
the running order before fading as the race wore on - eventually
winding up in the ninth finishing position. The "Real Deal"
still finds himself fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
standings exiting the 'Jackson 100.' Full results from both Brownstown
shows can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Grabs Top Five in Knoxville
Prelim; Breaks Fan Blade in Finale
17, 2017) The Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team
was back on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene from September
14-16 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, as the 14th edition
of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' took center stage
in the Dirt Late Model world. Things got underway in the Hawkeye
State with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs and 56 entrants
made their way to the 1/2-mile speedplant to compete in the three-day
crown jewel spectacular. On Thursday evening, Don O'Neal won his
heat race and later placed fifth in the 25-lap sprint behind only
winner Josh Richards, Jared Landers, Jonathan Davenport, and Brandon
Sheppard. At Knoxville on Friday night, Don placed fourth in his
loaded heat race, won the B-Main, and later wound up twenty-fourth
in the 25-lapper after getting caught up in an early wreck.
By virtue of amassing the fifth most single-night points during
the prelims, Don rolled off from the inside of the third row in
Saturday's 100-lap grand finale. The Martinsville, Indiana star
then advanced all the way up to second shortly after the halfway
fuel stop, but a broken fan blade on lap 58 caused him to pull his
steaming ride pitside. Don was forced to settle for a twenty-fourth
place effort in the $40,000 to win affair and he still sits fifth
in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Complete results
from all three days at Knoxville Raceway can be viewed by clicking
O'Neal Captures World 100 Preliminary
Win for $10,000 Payday!
10, 2017) Don O'Neal landed his fourth victory
of the 2017 racing season on Friday night in a 'World 100' preliminary
program at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio! After winning
his heat race in preliminary action, Don led all 25 circuits of
his main event to bag the $10,000 winner's share over Tim McCreadie,
Gregg Satterlee, Mike Marlar, and Shane Clanton! In Thursday evening's
Twin 25 show, Don placed second in his heat race and later moved
past a handful of competitors in the 25-lap sprint to garner a strong
third place podium performance behind only $10,000 victor Brandon
Overton and runner-up Chris Madden.
When Saturday, September 9 rolled around at the hallowed 1/2-mile
speedplant, all eyes on the CBR team were fixated on the $50,000
top prize in the 47th edition of the 'World 100.' Don captured an
impressive heat race triumph to earn the fifth starting spot in
the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza. The Martinsville, Indiana
star was then running in the fourth position on lap 10 when a broken
lift bar sidelined him and relegated him to a disappointing thirtieth
place effort in front of the record crowd. Complete results from
the most prestigious race in our sport can be obtained by clicking
Don O'Neal Lands in Top Five in $25,000
4, 2017) Over a rainy Labor Day holiday weekend
from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR)
got one race into the record books - the $25,000 to win 'Hillbilly
Hundred' on Sunday, September 3 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne,
West Virginia. Don O'Neal knocked down the fifth quickest lap in
Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying prior
to running second in his stacked heat race. After starting the 100-lap
grind from the inside of the third row, Don put forth a strong effort
in the extra distance affair to land in the fourth finishing position
behind only victor Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, and Jimmy
Owens! The Martinsville, Indiana ace now finds himself a close fifth
in the latest LOLMDS point standings exiting the holiday weekend.
Full results from Tyler County can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
O'Neal Suffers Flat Tire in Whiskey
City 60 at Lawrenceburg Speedway
27, 2017) A rare single-race weekend for
the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took
the #5 team to Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on
Saturday evening, August 26. The annual running of the 'Whiskey
City 60' drew a large contingent of fans to the Hoosier State facility
and 32 drivers were focused on the $12,000 payday. Don O'Neal timed
in sixth quickest in Group B during qualifying before finishing
second in his loaded heat race. Don had then vaulted to fourth in
the running order in the 60-lapper before suffering a flat tire
on the 26th circuit. The Martinsville, Indiana star returned to
the track to salvage an eleventh place effort and still finds himself
fourth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full
results from the 'Whiskey City 60' can be located by pointing your
Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Runs Second Early in Topless
100; Winds Up Eleventh
21, 2017) Next up on the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series schedule for the Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team was
a trip to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas from
August 18-20 for the 25th Annual 'Topless 100.' The popular roof-less
event drew 41 competitors to the Batesville-area to vie for the
whopping $40,000 winner's check. Don O'Neal laid down the fifth
quickest time in Group B during qualifying on Friday night and was
later awarded a heat race triumph after another competitor weighed
in light at the scales. Following a rain-out of the 100-lapper on
Saturday evening, Don took the green flag from the outside of the
front row on Sunday afternoon. The Martinsville, Indiana star ran
as high as second in the early stages of the crown jewel event,
but suffered a flat tire around the halfway mark and was later involved
in a lap 90 pileup, which dropped him to eleventh in the final finishing
order. Complete results from the 'Topless 100' weekend can be obtained
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
O'Neal Still Fourth in Lucas Oil Points
Following Long Florence Weekend
13, 2017) The #5 CBR team returned to the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on August 10-12 at Florence
Speedway in Union, Kentucky. The three-day weekend at the Cincinnati-area
facility started on Thursday night with the 'North/South Shootout,'
which paid $10,000 to the winner. Don O'Neal timed in fourteenth
fastest in Group A during qualifying before running third in his
loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the eighth
row in the 50-lap feature, Don was able to scoot past seven competitors
during the caution-free affair on his way to a solid eighth place
On Friday evening, preliminary action for the 35th edition of the
'North/South 100' got underway at the undersized 1/2-mile oval with
a double set of qualifying heat races. Don won his first heat race
of the night, while he placed fifth in his final prelim. By virtue
of racking up the tenth most passing points, the Martinsville, Indiana
ace started Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100' from the
outside of the fifth row. Don then hung around the top ten throughout
the 100-lap grind before recording a solid eleventh place performance.
The "Real Deal" still finds himself fourth in the latest
version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Florence. Complete
results from the crown jewel extravaganza can be accessed by pointing
your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Battles Outlaw Foes Throughout
5, 2017) Don O'Neal and Clint Bowyer Racing
(CBR) got their first coveted eagle trophy and the gigantic $50,000
winner's check tonight by emerging victorious in the 30th Annual
'USA Nationals' at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond,
Wisconsin! Don tripped the clock third fastest in Group B during
WOOLMS time trials last night prior to running second in his stacked
heat race. After starting the 100-lap grind tonight from the outside
of the second row, Don swapped the lead twice with Mike Marlar shortly
after the halfway mark before taking command for good on the 58th
circuit. The popular driver known as the "Real Deal" was
then ahead of the talented field by almost two seconds to give CBR
their richest career payday. Finishing behind O'Neal's #5 Peak Antifreeze
& Motor Oil machine were Marlar, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard,
and Jimmy Owens! (Todd Boyd Photo)
2017) The 'USA Nationals' weekend officially
kicked off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
with a $6,000 to win preliminary program, which was sanctioned by
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Don O'Neal posted
the ninth quickest time in Group B during the qualifying session
before grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his loaded
heat race. After starting the 30-lap feature from the inside of
the eighth row, Don opted to pull his Club 29 machine pitside after
only three circuits and retired in the twentieth position.
2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals'
preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond,
Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening.
Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim
program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat
races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again
boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.
2017) The #5 team made the overnight haul
to Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin tonight for the annual
running of the 'Sun Drop Shootout,' which was sanctioned by the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The $10,000 to win
event marked the eighth straight year that the national tour has
hosted an event at the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant. Don O'Neal
clicked off the third quickest lap overall during qualifying and
later ran second in heat race action. After starting the 50-lap
feature from the outside of the front row, Don ran in the second
spot early in the race before eventually winding up third and on
the podium behind only winner Rick Eckert and runner-up Chris Madden!
2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series made their first-ever stop to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin tonight and Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) was
in the pit area to vie for the $10,000 top prize. Don O'Neal tripped
the clock fastest in Group B before taking the win in his stacked
heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row prior to the
start of the 50-lapper, Don ran second throughout the caution-free
distance to record an impressive runner-up outing behind only victor