Don O'Neal Runner-Up
in $40,000 Knoxville LM Nationals!!!
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...
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
(Todd Healy Photo)
Don O'Neal Battles Back
to Grab Top Ten in Hillbilly Hundred
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.
O'Neal on Podium in Dirt
Million Duel; Suffers Mechanical Woes in 100-Lapper
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
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
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
Busy Week in Badger State
of Wisconsin for Clint Bowyer Racing
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Don O'Neal Starts/Finishes
Seventh in NAPA Know How 50
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.
O'Neal Wins Heat and
Runs Fourth in Grassy Smith Memorial!
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
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!
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
(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
O'Neal Advances Up to Seventh in $20k
Clash at the Mag
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
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.