O'Neal Closes Out '18
Season with Podium Effort in Gateway Dirt Nationals!
2, 2018) Don O'Neal wrapped up his version
of the 2018 racing season from November 29-December 1 at the Dome
at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The annual running of
the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' thrilled dirt racing enthusiasts and
drew a whopping 93 Super Late Model entrants to the indoor spectacular.
Don, who wheeled a #71 entry normally driven by his son Hudson O'Neal
out of the SSI Motorsports stable, started his weekend on Thursday
night by posting the eleventh quickest time in Group B during qualifying
prior to placing eighth in the $5,000 to win 'Gateway Race of Champions.'
On Friday evening at the temporary 1/5-mile oval,
Don ran second in his heat race and later passed six competitors
during the $5,000 to win preliminary feature event to finish an
impressive runner-up behind only race winner Bobby Pierce. After
drawing the outside of the front row for the start of Saturday's
$30,000 to win 'Gateway Dirt Nationals,' the Martinsville, Indiana
star battled the rough track conditions to a third place podium
effort in the 40-lapper behind only victor Pierce and runner-up
Billy Moyer! Complete results from the season-ending weekend in
St. Louis can be viewed by clicking on www.gatewaydirt.com.
Don O'Neal Transfers
into Both World Finals Showdowns at Charlotte
4, 2018) The #5 CBR team was back in dirt-slinging
competition on November 1-3 at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte
in Concord, North Carolina, as the 12th edition of the 'World of
Outlaws World Finals' took center stage. The World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series presided over all of the action at the 4/10-mile
speedplant, which culminated in a pair of $12,000 to win contests
to close out the national touring series schedule. In the two rounds
of time trials, Don O'Neal knocked down the eighth quickest lap
in Group A for Friday's show, while he stopped the clock third fastest
in Group B for Saturday's spectacular.
On Friday night, Don ran second in his stacked heat
race and earned the inside of the fifth row for the start of the
50-lap headliner, which was pushed back to Saturday afternoon due
to a midnight curfew. During the daytime affair, the Martinsville,
Indiana star hung around the top ten before eventually claiming
a solid eleventh place effort. Later that evening in the 'World
Finals' finale, Don placed fourth in his heat race, second in his
B-Main, and twenty-fifth in the 50-lapper. Full results from the
huge 'World Finals' weekend can be found by pointing your web browser
O'Neal Seventh in $100k
DTWC; Finishes Eighth in Final Lucas Points
22, 2018) The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series season came to a close from October 19-21 at Portsmouth Raceway
Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 38th edition of the RhinoAg 'Dirt
Track World Championship' took place at the facility on the banks
of the Ohio River and a whopping $100,000 winner's check was up
for grabs. Don O'Neal scored the win in his first heat race on Friday
night before running sixth in his second and final prelim. By virtue
of racking up the tenth most passing points in preliminary action,
Don rolled off from the outside of the fifth row in the 100-lap
crown jewel main event that was eventually pushed back to Sunday
afternoon due to inclement weather. The Martinsville, Indiana star
put forth a solid effort in the headliner at PRP by knocking down
a seventh place finish, which officially landed him in the eighth
position in the final version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full
results from the DTWC weekend can be obtained by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Grabs Top
Five in World 100 Prelim; Advances into Headliner!
14, 2018) The rain-postponed 'World 100'
took center stage in the Dirt Late Model world on October 12-13
at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Following yet another
rain-out on Friday, a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25s kicked off
a hectic day/night doubleheader at the "Big E" on Saturday
afternoon. Don O'Neal knocked down the seventeenth fastest time
overall during the qualifying session prior to running second in
heat race action. After starting third on the grid in the 25-lap
daytime affair, Don wound up placing fourth behind only race winner
Josh Richards, Chris Madden, and Mike Marlar!
At night, the sole focus of everyone in the pit area at the hallowed
1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant was on the 48th Annual 'World 100'
and capturing the whopping $51,000 winner's check, along with the
famous globe trophies. Don once again finished second in his loaded
heat race and later rolled off from the outside of the fifth row
in the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza. Fighting a tight racecar
throughout the "Biggest Dirt Race in the World," the Martinsville,
Indiana ace slipped back to eighteenth in the final finishing order.
Full results from Eldora Speedway can be found online by clicking
O'Neal Eighth in $20,000
Pittsburgher 100 at PPMS; Eighth in Points
8, 2018) The penultimate Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series event of 2018 took place from October 5-7 at the sprawling
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pennsylvania,
as the 30th Annual 'Pittsburgher 100' drew 32 entrants to vie for
the $20,000 top prize. On Friday night during preliminary competition,
Don O'Neal laid down the tenth fastest lap in Group A during the
qualifying session before grabbing the third transfer spot through
his heat race. Following a washout on Saturday at the monster 1/2-mile
speedplant, Don rolled off from the inside of the sixth row in Sunday's
100-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana ace, who scored the
win in the 'Pittsburgher 100' last year, drove up inside of the
top ten and eventually settled in the eighth finishing position.
Don currently sits eighth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
standings exiting PPMS. Full results can be obtained online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Gets Top Ten
in Dixie Shootout at Dixie Speedway
1, 2018) The #5 CBR team found themselves
in the Peach State for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
battles on September 29-30 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia
and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia. During the annual running of
the $12,000 to win 'Dixie Shootout' on Saturday night, Don O'Neal
grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race
prior to advancing up to ninth in the 50-lap main event. In the
$10,000 to win 'Rome Showdown' on Sunday evening, Don finished fifth
in his stacked heat race, won his B-Main, and later wound up twenty-first
in the final rundown of the 50-lapper after drawing a late caution
flag. Complete results from both weekend races can be accessed online
O'Neal Claims $2,000
Win in Bowman 50 at Brownstown Speedway!
24, 2018) Piloting Issac Rainey's #24r Crate
Late Model on Friday night, September 21 at the legendary Brownstown
Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana, Don O'Neal drove to his third feature
win of the 2018 season in the sixth edition of the 'Bowman 50!'
Don won his heat race in preliminary action and beat Marty O'Neal,
Justin Shaw, Shelby Miles, and Steve Godsey to the checkered flag
in the 50-lapper to claim the $2,000 payday!
In Super Late Model action at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds
oval, Don laid down the fourth fastest time in Group B during Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying on Friday night before persistent
rain on Saturday postponed the remainder of the 'Jackson 100' to
Sunday afternoon, September 23. The Martinsville, Indiana star placed
second in his stacked heat race and later started the $20,000 to
win headliner from the outside of the fourth row. Don, who unfortunately
suffered left front damage to his #5 CBR ride in the early circuits
of the 100-lap affair, brought out a couple of late caution flags
and eventually wound up fifteenth in the final finishing order of
this year's 'Jackson 100.' Full results from Brownstown can be found
online at www.brownstownspeedway.com.
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