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Don O'Neal to Miss Races While Recovering from Knee Injury...
(June 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 Racing Photos)

O'Neal Steers to Top Five in Annual Grassy Smith Memorial!
(June 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Steers to Top Five in Dirt Late Model Dream Prelim!
(June 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 at www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

O'Neal Nabs Top Fives in Clash at the Mag Prelims; Tenth in Finale
(June 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Battles for Win at Burlington; Winds Up Sixth
(May 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
(May 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!
(May 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.

 

 

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