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.
O'Neal Competes at Atomic
and Hagerstown Over Soggy Weekend
15, 2019) The Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team
was slated to enter four Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs
across the states of Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania from April
11-14, but only two $12,000 to win shows escaped the wrath of Mother
Nature over the soggy weekend. In the 'Buckeye Spring 50' on Thursday
night at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio, Don O'Neal placed second
in his heat race, but suffered a flat tire on lap 19 of the feature
and was forced to salvage a twelfth place performance. At Hagerstown
Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday evening in the 38th
Annual 'Stanley Schetrompf Classic,' Don grabbed the fourth and
final transfer spot through his heat race, but pitted early in the
50-lapper and didn't make it back out on track in time for the green
flag. The Martinsville, Indiana star wound up retiring from the
race in the twenty-fourth spot and now sits eighth in the latest
LOLMDS point standings. Full results from both Atomic and Hagerstown
can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
(Michael Hamilton Photo)
Don O'Neal Runner-Up
in Visit to North Georgia Speedway!
7, 2019) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
headed to the states of Tennessee and Georgia over the April 5-6
weekend and the Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team continued their journey
with the national touring series in battling for both $12,000 top
prizes. On Friday night at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee,
Don O'Neal ran sixth in his heat race, sixth in his B-Main, and
twentieth in the 50-lap headliner. At North Georgia Speedway in
Chatsworth, Georgia on Saturday evening, Don placed second in his
heat race prior to vaulting up to second in the attrition-filled
50-lapper to trail only victor Jonathan Davenport at the unfurling
of the checkered flag. The Martinsville, Indiana star currently
sits seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings
following the doubleheader weekend. Full results can be found online
O'Neal Rallies to Top
Ten in Tennessee Tipoff at SMS
24, 2019) Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) invaded
the Volunteer State of Tennessee on March 22-23 for a pair of World
of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series tilts. On Friday night
at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee, Don O'Neal narrowly
missed out on the $10,000 to win main event after finishing sixth
in his loaded heat race and fourth in his B-Main. At Smoky Mountain
Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening in the $12,000
to win 'Tennessee Tipoff,' Don grabbed the fourth transfer spot
through his heat race prior to advancing eight spots in the 60-lapper
to land in the eighth finishing position. Full results from both
WOOLMS showdowns can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Don O'Neal Drives to
Sixth in Brownstown's Indiana Icebreaker
17, 2019) Don O'Neal and Clint Bowyer Racing
(CBR) returned to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on
March 15-16, as the national touring series schedule heated back
up with a pair of $12,000 to win programs in the states of Ohio
and Indiana. Following a rain-out of the annual 'Buckeye Spring
50' during qualifying on Friday night at Atomic Speedway in Alma,
Ohio, the dirt-slinging action quickly shifted to the legendary
Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday evening for
the 22nd edition of the 'Indiana Icebreaker.' Don stopped the clock
sixth fastest in Group B during qualifying prior to securing a heat
race triumph. The Martinsville, Indiana star, who currently finds
himself tied for sixth in the latest point standings, drove to a
sixth place performance in the 50-lapper behind only winner Brandon
Sheppard, Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O'Neal, and Tyler
Erb. Full results from Brownstown can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Newly Refurbished Website
Launched for the "Real Deal"
23, 2019) Welcome to the brand-new Internet
home for Don O'Neal and the #5 Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team located
at www.DonONeal5.com! The newly refurbished website reflects Don's
new colors for the 2019 racing season and showcases his new primary
sponsor - DEKALB. The Martinsville, Indiana Super Late Model ace
is fresh off a hectic "Speedweeks" in Georgia and Florida
from February 1-16. Don racked up four Top Five finishes and seven
Top Ten efforts in the thirteen high-profile contests he entered
during his stint down south to start his '19 campaign. The popular
driver known as "The Real Deal" currently finds himself
eighth in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings exiting
"Speedweeks," as he guns for his second career national
series title. Keep up all year long by clicking on www.DonONeal5.com!
(On the Cushion Photography)
DIRTcar Nationals Nightly
Results from Volusia...
16, 2019) Don O'Neal wrapped up the 48th
edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' tonight at Volusia (FL) Speedway
Park, as another $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs for the
45 car field. Don placed seventh in his heat race before grabbing
the third transfer spot through his stacked consolation event. The
Martinsville, Indiana standout then started deep in the field in
the 50-lap grand finale before retiring after only 19 circuits,
as he settled for a twenty-eighth place showing.
15, 2019) The penultimate event of the 2019
'DIRTcar Nationals' at Volusia Speedway Park took center stage in
the Dirt Late Model world tonight and the World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series presided over another $10,000 to win
spectacular. Don O'Neal posted the fifth quickest lap in Group A
during qualifying before finishing second in heat race action. Don
then had another great run in the 50-lapper, as he blasted past
a handful of competitors on his way to a fourth place effort behind
only victor Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar, and Brian Shirley!
14, 2019) Valentine's Day for the #5 team
was headlined by another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series shootout tonight at Volusia Speedway
Park in Barberville, Florida. Don O'Neal qualified fourth quickest
in Group B during time trials and later finished second in his heat
race. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the
fourth row, Don was able to scoot past four cars during the contest
to land on the podium in the third spot behind only race winner
Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Scott Bloomquist!
13, 2019) The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series returned to competition tonight at Volusia Speedway
Park and a $10,000 top prize was on the line for the stellar 44
car field. Don O'Neal timed in fifth quickest in Group A during
the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer
spot through his stacked heat race. Don then made a charge from
his thirteenth starting spot in the 50-lapper to claim an impressive
runner-up performance behind only victor Brandon Sheppard!
12, 2019) Tonight's DIRTcar-sanctioned program
at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida has been washed
out from afternoon showers with more rain on the way. The $7,000
to win 'DIRTcar Nationals' showdown at the Daytona Beach-area oval
will not be rescheduled. Action will get back underway at VSP tomorrow,
as the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will
preside over a 50-lapper, which will boast a $10,000 payday.
11, 2019) The 48th edition of the 'DIRTcar
Nationals' for the Super Late Models started tonight at Volusia
Speedway Park with a $7,000 to win shootout at the 1/2-mile Barberville,
Florida speedplant. Don O'Neal drove to the eighth quickest time
in his group during qualifying before finishing sixth in his heat
race and second in his B-Main. After starting nineteenth on the
feature grid for the 30-lap sprint, Don eventually retired after
only 24 circuits and was relegated to a twenty-third place effort.
Bubba Army Winter Nationals
10, 2019) A $10,000 to win throwdown at Bubba
Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida was scheduled for tonight to wrap
up the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion of "Speedweeks"
in Georgia and Florida. However, the annual 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals'
was rained-out shortly before hot laps started and the program,
which was set to be highlighted by a 50-lap main event, will not
Results from East Bay...
9, 2019) The final round of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park paid out another $12,000 top prize tonight.
A strong field of 41 competitors signed in at the pit gate at the
Gibsonton, Florida facility to do battle in the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series special. Don O'Neal clicked off the tenth quickest time
in Group B during qualifying and later finished second in his heat
race. After rolling off from the outside of the fourth row and climbing
to as high as fifth in the 50-lap affair, Don ran into troubles
late and wound up seventeenth in the final finishing order. The
Martinsville, Indiana ace currently finds himself eighth in the
latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the "Clay
by the Bay."
8, 2019) Night five of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park drew a huge crowd and the live MAVTV television
cameras. The $12,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series program
marked the first points paying event of the busy week at the Tampa-area
venue. Don O'Neal timed in eleventh fastest in Group B during qualifying
prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his
stacked heat race. After starting the 50-lapper from the outside
of the seventh row, Don was on the move early and often - vaulting
all the way up to the third position around the lap 30 mark. However,
a tangle with his CBR teammate Josh Richards and subsequent ignition
woes caused the Martinsville, Indiana hotshoe to retire from the
contest in the twenty-second spot.
7, 2019) The fourth leg of the 43rd annual
'Winternationals' greeted Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) tonight at East
Bay Raceway Park and another $7,000 paycheck was on the line for
the cars and stars racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
In qualifying at the Gibsonton, Florida oval tonight, Don O'Neal
knocked down the seventh fastest lap in Group A before placing fourth
in his loaded heat race. Following a triumph in his B-Main, Don
drew a lap 15 caution flag and promptly retired his #5 ride in the
6, 2019) Round three of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida took place earlier
tonight and all eyes in the pit area were on capturing the $7,000
payday. Don O'Neal qualified fifth quickest in Group A during time
trials prior to picking up an impressive heat race triumph. After
starting third on the grid in the 40-lap main event, Don ran amongst
the top five early in the distance before eventually winding up
ninth at the unfurling of the checkered flag.
5, 2019) Another $5,000 windfall was up for
grabs with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at East
Bay Raceway Park. The Gibsonton, Florida facility drew a stout 56
car field and Don O'Neal started his night off by clicking off the
thirteenth quickest lap in Group B during time trials. Don then
ran fourth in his loaded heat race prior to picking up the victory
in his B-Main. After starting the 30-lap contest from the outside
of the eleventh row, the Martinsville, Indiana star drove past a
handful of competitors to secure a seventeenth place performance.
4, 2019) The 43rd annual 'Winternationals'
kicked off tonight at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida
and 53 competitors showed up to do battle for the $5,000 winner's
check. Don O'Neal timed in eleventh quickest in Group A during Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying before placing second in his
heat race. Don then started the 30-lap main event from the inside
of the fifth row and once again moved forward in the feature to
finish fifth behind only victor Tyler Erb, Josh Richards, Brandon
Sheppard, and Austin Hubbard!
Super Bowl of Racing
Nightly Results from Golden Isles...
2, 2019) Another $12,000 payday was on the
line with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight in the 'Super
Bowl of Racing' finale at Golden Isles Speedway. A stout 37 car
field signed into the pit area at the Brunswick, Georgia-area oval
and a large crowd was on hand to witness all of the ground-pounding
action. Don O'Neal stopped the clock fifth fastest in Group B during
qualifying prior to placing third in his loaded heat race. After
rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the 50-lapper,
Don scooted past four cars to score another sixth place showing.
1, 2019) The 2019 edition of the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series season got underway tonight in the 'Super
Bowl of Racing' opener at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick,
Georgia. Most of the $12,000 to win racing program was completed
this evening, but the final B-Main and the 50-lap headliner were
pushed to Saturday afternoon after inclement weather struck the
southern Georgia speedplant. Don O'Neal qualified fifth fastest
in Group B during time trials, but battery problems dropped him
to eighth in his heat race. After grabbing the second transfer spot
through his B-Main, Don rallied past fourteen competitors during
the daytime feature event to secure a strong sixth place effort.