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O'Neal and CBR Close Out 2017 Campaign in Gateway Dirt Nationals
(December 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
(November 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
(November 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!
(October 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 www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Dominates PPMS for First Career Pittsburgher 100 Title!!!
(October 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. (Heath Lawson Photo)

Don O'Neal Runner-Up in Dixie Shootout & Rome Showdown!!!
(October 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. (MRM Racing Photo)

O'Neal Lands Pair of Top Tens in Brownstown's Jackson 100
(September 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 performance.

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
(September 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 on www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Captures World 100 Preliminary Win for $10,000 Payday!
(September 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 on www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

Don O'Neal Lands in Top Five in $25,000 Hillbilly Hundred!
(September 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
(August 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
(August 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
(August 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 showing.

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 Badger State...
(August 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)

(August 4, 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.

(August 3, 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.

(August 2, 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!

(August 1, 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 Brandon Sheppard!

 

 

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