to Miss Races While Recovering from Knee Injury...
25, 2019) Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) driver
Don O'Neal will miss an extended period of the remaining Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series schedule to recover from an off-track knee
injury suffered at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina
on June 14. O'Neal will undergo surgery tomorrow and then immediately
begin the recovery process.
"Don O'Neal has been a longtime member of the
CBR family and we are cheering him along for a speedy recovery,"
said team owner Clint Bowyer. "I know Don is disappointed in
this setback, but he will be back at the track very soon."
At this time, CBR is formulating a plan to field the
No. 5 DeKalb/Crawford Outdoor Rocket during O'Neal's time away with
an announcement soon to follow. The No. 5 will continue to compete
in the hunt for the 2019 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship.
O'Neal, a mainstay on the LOLMDS and the 2014 Series Champion, hopes
to make his return to the cockpit in 8-12 weeks. (MRM
O'Neal Steers to Top
Five in Annual Grassy Smith Memorial!
16, 2019) The Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team
tackled a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tilts in the
Southeast from June 13-15, as they invaded Fayetteville Motor Speedway
in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South
Carolina, and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. On
Thursday night at the rugged Fayetteville oval, Don O'Neal won his
heat race, but pulled into the infield on lap 30 of the $10,000
to win main event to settle for a fourteenth place effort. At Cherokee
on Friday evening in the $12,000 to win 'Grassy Smith Memorial,'
Don placed fourth in his stacked heat race and later rallied past
eight competitors during the 50-lapper to land in the fifth spot
behind only victor Mike Marlar, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens,
and Tim McCreadie. In the weekend finale at Smoky Mountain on Saturday,
which boasted a $15,000 top prize, Don was involved in a grinding
wreck in his heat race, utilized a series provisional, and later
retired early in the 'Big Daddy 60' in the twenty-third position.
Complete results from all three weekend races can be viewed online
Don O'Neal Steers to
Top Five in Dirt Late Model Dream Prelim!
9, 2019) Don O'Neal made the trek to the
famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 6-8 for the 25th
Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which kicked off with a pair of
$10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night at
the "Big E," Don ran fifth in his heat race and twenty-third
in the 25-lap feature event, while he placed second in the heat
race on Friday evening prior to claiming a strong fifth place effort
in the 25-lapper behind only victor Shane Clanton, Chris Ferguson,
Ross Bailes, Chase Junghans. When Saturday rolled around at the
1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant, Don's sole focus was set on capturing
the $125,000 top prize in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Unfortunately,
the Martinsville, Indiana ace was involved in an early heat race
tangle with another competitor and was forced to retire early, which
kept him out of the 100-lap headliner. Complete results from the
action-packed weekend in the Buckeye State can be accessed online
(Todd Healy Photo)
O'Neal Nabs Top Fives
in Clash at the Mag Prelims; Tenth in Finale
2, 2019) The #5 CBR team headed to the state
of Mississippi from May 30-June 1 for the 11th edition of the 'Clash
at the Mag' at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi.
In the two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series preliminary events,
which each carried a $5,000 winner's check, Don O'Neal laid down
the fastest lap in Group B during qualifying on Thursday before
winning his heat race and placing third in the 25-lapper behind
only winner Josh Richards and runner-up Tim McCreadie, while he
wound up fifth in Friday's 25-lap sprint. After rolling off third
on the grid in the $15,000 to win grand finale on Saturday evening,
Don slipped back a few spots in the caution-free, 100-lap grind
and eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the tenth finishing
position. The Martinsville, Indiana ace currently finds himself
ninth in the latest LOLMDS point standings exiting "The Mag."
Complete results from the tripleheader weekend can be accessed online
Don O'Neal Battles for
Win at Burlington; Winds Up Sixth
19, 2019) Don O'Neal was in the Hawkeye State
of Iowa on May 16-17 for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
programs at 34 Raceway in West Burlington and 300 Raceway in Farley.
On Thursday night in a $10,000 to win show in West Burlington, Don
ran second in his heat race and was battling for the lead in the
50-lap feature event when contact with Jonathan Davenport cut his
left rear tire. Don rebounded from the tail in the waning laps to
salvage a sixth place performance. At Farley on Friday evening,
the Martinsville, Indiana ace placed fourth in his stacked heat
race, but a broken driveshaft in the $12,000 to win headliner dropped
him to twenty-third in the final rundown. Saturday's scheduled series
stop at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota was washed
out early in the day due to inclement weather. Full results from
the two races in Iowa can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
O'Neal Narrowly Misses
Out on Farmer City 74; Sees Rain at FALS
12, 2019) With Saturday's annual 'FALS Frenzy'
at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois
succumbing to persistent afternoon rain showers, the #5 team entered
one lone event over the May 10-11 weekend on Friday evening at Farmer
City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. A $10,000 top prize was on
the line in the 'Farmer City 74' and a whopping 52 entrants piled
into the pit area at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds facility. Don O'Neal
timed in eighth quickest in Group B during qualifying prior to placing
fourth in his stacked heat race and second in his B-Main. Unfortunately,
those finishers were a mere spot away from a coveted transfer position
into the 74-lap headliner, which was eventually won by fellow Hoosier
Kent Robinson. Full results from the Schaeffer's Oil MARS Racing
Series battle can be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Don O'Neal Lands on Podium
in Stop to Cherokee Speedway!
4, 2019) With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series once again falling victim to Mother Nature over the May 3-4
weekend, Don O'Neal took the opportunity to compete at Cherokee
Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on Friday night. The World of
Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series rolled into the "Place
Your Momma Warned You About" and a $10,000 winner's check was
on the line. Don stopped the clock fifth fastest in Group A during
the qualifying session prior to finishing third in heat race action.
After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the fifth
row, Don streaked past six competitors during the contest to land
on the podium in third behind only victor Ross Bailes and runner-up
Brandon Sheppard! Full results from last night at Cherokee Speedway
can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.