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Don O'Neal Runner-Up in $40,000 Knoxville LM Nationals!!!
(September 16, 2018)
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule heated back up on September 13-15 with the 15th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' at the storied Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The dirt-slinging action started with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary showdowns at the 1/2-mile, semi-banked Hawkeye State venue. On Thursday night, Don O'Neal finished fifth in his heat race, sixth in the B-Main, and fifteenth in the 25-lap main event. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Don won his heat race prior to advancing up to third in the 25-lapper to trail only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Frank Heckenast, Jr.!

By virtue of amassing the fourth highest point total during preliminary competition, Don rolled off from the outside of the second row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza. The Martinsville, Indiana star was a fixture towards the front of the stellar field and was a serious contender for the $40,000 payday in the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' before finishing an impressive runner-up behind only race winner Jimmy Owens! Don now sits tied for sixth in the latest LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the downtown Knoxville speedplant can be viewed by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Gets Top Five in Eldora Twin 25; World 100 Postponed...
(September 9, 2018)
Don O'Neal was one of the 101 entrants that piled into the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 6-8 to compete in the 48th edition of the 'World 100.' Things kicked off on Thursday night - actually the wee hours of Friday morning after a long rain delay - with a pair of Twin 25 programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the winner. Don laid down the ninth quickest time overall during qualifying prior to running second in his loaded heat race. After drawing the fifth starting position before the drop of the green flag in the 25-lapper, Don drove up to fourth at the "Big E" to trail only victor Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, and Michael Norris. Friday's $10,000 to win Twin 25s and Saturday's prestigious 'World 100,' which was scheduled to boast a $51,000 windfall, both fell victim to the rainy remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon and have been postponed until October 12-13. Full results from Thursday's start to the crown jewel extravaganza can be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Don O'Neal Battles Back to Grab Top Ten in Hillbilly Hundred
(September 3, 2018)
The #5 CBR team headed to the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series from August 31-September 2 for a trio of pivotal point battles. At Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky on Friday night, Don O'Neal placed third in his heat race before winding up twelfth in the final rundown of the rain-shortened $12,000 to win main event. On Saturday evening in the $12,000 to win 'Bob Miller Memorial' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Don utilized a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lap feature, but an early wreck relegated the Martinsville, Indiana ace to a disappointing twenty-third place performance. In the annual 'Hillbilly Hundred' on Sunday at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia, which boasted a whopping $50,000 payday, Don ran third in his heat race and later battled back from drawing a lap 59 caution flag to salvage a solid ninth place effort in the 100-lap affair. Full results from the triple shot of racing action can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

O'Neal on Podium in Dirt Million Duel; Suffers Mechanical Woes in 100-Lapper
(August 26, 2018)
All eyes in the Dirt Late Model world were fixated on the inaugural running of the 'Dirt Million' on August 24-25 at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided over the two-day spectacular, which started with a pair of $10,000 to win 'Dirt Million' duels on Friday night. Don O'Neal won his heat race in preliminary action before starting his 30-lap duel from the outside of the second row. Don then moved up inside of the top three to secure a strong third place podium effort behind only victor Jonathan Davenport and runner-up Ricky Weiss.

When Saturday evening rolled around at the pristine Buckeye State speedplant, Don won the dash to earn the pole position for the 100-lap 'Dirt Million,' which paid a whopping nearly $203,000 to the winner. The Martinsville, Indiana star then led the first nine circuits of the headliner, but unfortunately broke a jackshaft on lap 18. The mechanical woes caused him to retire from the extra-distance affair in the twenty-sixth position. Complete results from the lucrative 'Dirt Million' weekend can be found online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Blitzes to Seventh in Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence
(August 12, 2018)
Don O'Neal returned to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene from August 8-11 in a lucrative four-day stretch at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. In Wednesday's $12,000 to win 'Ralph Latham Memorial,' Don finished fourth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and seventh in the rain-shortened feature event that was won by his son Hudson O'Neal. At Florence on Thursday night in the 'North/South Shootout,' which paid $10,000 to the winner, Don placed third in his heat race before advancing up to fourteenth in the caution-free 50-lap main event.

On Friday evening at the 1/2-mile speedplant near Cincinnati, a double set of heat races with combined passing points were held to help set the lineup for Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100.' Don ran third in his first heat race before scoring the triumph in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the fifth most passing points in preliminary action, the Martinsville, Indiana star rolled off from the inside of the third row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel main event. After running inside of the top five early in the distance, Don wound up having problems later in the race and was forced to settle for a nineteenth place effort. Full results from the long week at Florence Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

Busy Week in Badger State of Wisconsin for Clint Bowyer Racing
(August 4, 2018)
Things wrapped up in the Badger State tonight in the finale of the 'USA Nationals' at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway, as the whopping $50,000 winner's check had the attention of everyone at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Defending race champion Don O'Neal started the 100-lap crown jewel main event from the outside of the seventh row and drove to a quiet fifteenth place performance in the extra-distance affair.

(August 3, 2018) Preliminary action for the 31st Annual 'USA Nationals' took place earlier this evening at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. For the first time in the crown jewel event's storied history, a double set of heat races with combined passing points were held to set the lineups for Saturday's $50,000 to win extravaganza. Don O'Neal ran fifth in his first heat race prior to finishing second in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the fourteenth most passing points, Don will roll off from the outside of the seventh row in tomorrow's 100-lap 'USA Nationals' looking for a repeat win!

(August 2, 2018) The 31st edition of the 'USA Nationals' got underway tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A stout 45 car field made their way to the track located near the Minnesota/Wisconsin border for the $6,000 to win preliminary event. Don O'Neal landed the ninth fastest lap in Group A during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying session and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 40-lap main event from the inside of the seventh row, Don unfortunately retired from the contest after only 23 circuits in the twenty-third spot.

(July 31, 2018) Another $10,000 top prize was on the line tonight with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series at the sprawling Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin. In the annual 'Sun Drop Shootout,' Don O'Neal knocked down the tenth quickest time overall during qualifying prior to finishing second in his heat race - despite going for a spin early in his prelim and restarting at the tail of the field. The Martinsville, Indiana star then moved up one position from his fifth starting spot in the 50-lap headliner to secure a strong fourth place effort behind only race winner Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, and Jonathan Davenport!

(July 30, 2018) A very short turnaround greeted the #5 CBR team following the big PDC weekend, as they were in the pit area tonight at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series presided over the action at Plymouth and a strong 36 car field was on hand to gun for the $10,000 windfall. Don O'Neal laid down the second fastest lap in Group A during qualifying before scoring a heat race triumph. After drawing the fourth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper, Don eventually slipped back to finish in the sixth position behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Tyler Erb, Chris Madden, and Brian Shirley.

Don O'Neal on Podium in Prairie Dirt Classic Qualifying Feature!
(July 29, 2018)
Don O'Neal and Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) were in the Land of Lincoln on July 27-28 to compete in the 29th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night, Don timed in twenty-first quickest in Group A during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series time trials before advancing to third in his $2,500 to win qualifying feature. After starting the 100-lap 'Prairie Dirt Classic' on Saturday evening from the inside of the fifth row, Don had visions of vying for the hefty $30,000 winner's check. Unfortunately, he was involved in a hard wreck on lap 66 and rear suspension issues forced him to retire from the 100-lapper in the twenty-third position. Complete results from the action-packed weekend at FALS can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

Hectic Week in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska for #5 Team
(July 21, 2018)
The 'Silver Dollar Nationals' wrapped up tonight at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and all eyes were solely fixated on the whopping $53,000 payday that was on the line in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie. Don O'Neal put forth a strong effort throughout the 80-lap event after rolling off from the outside of the second row. The Martinsville, Indiana hotshoe fought hard for a top five performance before settling for a seventh place effort in the 8th edition of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.'

(July 20, 2018) Preliminary action for the 8th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals' took place earlier tonight at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska with two rounds of heat races providing passing points that set the lineups for Saturday's main event. Don O'Neal ran third in his first heat race of the evening, while he scored the victory in his final prelim over Dennis Erb, Jr., Shannon Babb, and Josh Richards. By virtue of racking up the fourth most combined passing points during heat race action, Don will roll off from the outside of the second row in tomorrow night's $53,000 to win headliner!

(July 19, 2018) A trip to I-80 Speedway was next for Don O'Neal, as the first night of the huge racing weekend leading into the 'Silver Dollar Nationals' took place tonight in Greenwood, Nebraska. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the 'Malvern Bank Go 50' and all eyes were fixated on the $10,000 paycheck. Don ran fifth in his heat race prior to scoring a triumph in his B-Main. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then drove past seven competitors during the 50-lap main event on his way to a tenth place showing.

(July 18, 2018) Another $10,000 top prize was up for grabs for Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) tonight in a first-ever visit to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota. The pristine Gopher State facility played host to its first Super Late Model race since 1988 and 24 competitors signed into the pit area for the 'Sturdevant's Auto Parts 50.' Don O'Neal knocked down the eighth fastest lap overall during time trials prior to running third in heat race action. Don then started the 50-lap headliner from the outside of the fourth row, but was caught up in a lap 14 tangle. "The Real Deal" was able to continue and steered his #5 ride to a ninth place outing.

(July 17, 2018) A very busy week on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series calendar started tonight at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The 2nd Annual 'Bullet Sportswear Shootout' took place and the #5 team vied for the $10,000 winner's check in the Tuesday night special. Don O'Neal stopped the clock sixth quickest overall during the qualifying session before placing second in his stacked heat race. The Martinsville, Indiana star then rolled off from the outside of the third row in the 50-lapper before bringing home a strong fifth place performance behind only victor Earl Pearson, Jr., Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce, and Ricky Weiss!

Don O'Neal Starts/Finishes Seventh in NAPA Know How 50
(July 15, 2018)
The #5 Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team continued their busy month of July on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail over the July 13-14 weekend in a pair of $12,000 to win battles at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. On Friday night in the 'NAPA Know How 50' at Granite City, Don O'Neal placed third in heat race action and raced hard all over the top ten in the 50-lap feature before claiming a solid seventh place effort. In the annual 'Diamond Nationals' on Saturday evening at Wheatland, Don once again ran third in his loaded heat race prior to starting/finishing eleventh in the 50-lapper. He is now tied for sixth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from both weekend contests can be found by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com. (Fast Track Photos)

O'Neal Wins Heat and Runs Fourth in Grassy Smith Memorial!
(July 8, 2018)
A Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader in the Southeast was planned for the #5 CBR team from July 5-7, but with a pair of rain-outs at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee, Don O'Neal entered one lone showdown at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on Friday evening. The 20th edition of the 'Grassy Smith Memorial' was held at the legendary speedplant and 30 entrants were on hand to vie for the $12,000 winner's check. Don won his heat race in preliminary action before starting/finishing fourth in the 50-lap headliner behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Overton, and Josh Richards. With the top five, the "Real Deal" moved up to fifth in the current version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Victorious in Buckeye State During Hectic Stretch!!!
(July 3, 2018)
The hectic stretch of racing leading up to the 4th of July holiday wrapped up tonight at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided over another $12,000 to win throwdown. In front of a huge crowd at MCS, Don O'Neal knocked down the third fastest lap in Group A during qualifying before placing second in heat race action. After starting fifth on the grid in the 50-lapper, Don moved up to third in the running order, but unfortunately slipped over the banking and fell back several positions. At the end of the contest, the Martinsville, Indiana star found himself in the twelfth finishing spot.

(July 2, 2018) The Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team celebrated in victory lane for the second straight evening tonight at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio! Don O'Neal posted the third quickest time overall during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying before recording another heat race triumph. Don then started the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the second row and worked past early leader Mason Zeigler to grab the point on the 14th circuit. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then led the remainder of the caution-free 'Steel Valley 50' to claim another $12,000 payday ahead of Zeigler, Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, and CBR teammate Darrell Lanigan! (Heath Lawson Photo)

(July 1, 2018) Martinsville, Indiana star Don O'Neal picked up his first win of the 2018 racing season tonight at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio! Don laid down the fastest lap in Group B during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying session prior to picking up the win in heat race action. After starting the 'Freedom 50' from the outside of the front row, Don dominated the 50-lap contest by leading from flag-to-flag to pocket the $12,000 winner's check ahead of Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., and son Hudson O'Neal! (Heath Lawson Photo)

(June 30, 2018) The opening leg of a four-race Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series stretch in the Buckeye State of Ohio kicked off tonight on the banks of the Ohio River at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. A strong field of 38 competitors signed into PRP to vie for the $12,000 top prize in the annual running of the 'Independence 50.' Don O'Neal ran fifth in his loaded heat race before grabbing the third transfer spot through his consolation event. The popular driver known as the "Real Deal" unfortunately ran into problems during the 50-lapper and was eventually paid for a twentieth place performance.

O'Neal Advances Up to Seventh in $20k Clash at the Mag
(June 17, 2018)
Don O'Neal and Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) rolled into Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on June 15-16 for the annual running of the 'Clash at the Mag.' After timing in ninth fastest in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying on Friday night, Don grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his stacked heat race. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then started Saturday's $20,000 to win contest from the outside of the sixth row and was able to steer past five competitors during the 100-lapper on his way to a steady seventh place effort. His son, Hudson O'Neal, captured his first career LOLMDS triumph in dramatic fashion during the 'Clash at the Mag' giving Don the perfect Father's Day present! Full results from "The Mag" can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Grabs Top Fives in Prelims; Finishes Ninth in Dream XXIV
(June 10, 2018)
Following a weekend off, the #5 CBR team headed to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 7-9 for the annual running of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' With Thursday's preliminary show wiped out due to rain, both prelims were held throughout the day on Friday. In Friday afternoon's $5,000 to win contest, Don O'Neal won his heat race prior to claiming an impressive runner-up effort in the 25-lap sprint behind only victor Jonathan Davenport. Later that evening, Don picked up another heat race triumph, led early in the $10,000 to win headliner, and eventually earned a strong fourth place showing in the 25-lapper behind only race winner Earl Pearson, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, and Dale McDowell. At Eldora on Saturday in the $100,000 to win grand finale, Don ran second in his stacked heat race before winding up ninth in the final finishing order of the 100-lap crown jewel spectacular. Complete results from the soggy weekend at the "Big E" can be accessed by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.

 

 

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