O'Neal Runner-Up in
$20,000 Gateway Dirt Nationals in St. Louis!
18, 2016) Don O'Neal and the #5 CBR team
finally wrapped up their version of the 2016 racing season on December
15-17 in the inaugural running of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' inside
of The Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
A 1/5-mile dirt bullring was constructed inside of the spacious
dome and a large crowd was on hand to witness the historic weekend
of indoor action. Things kicked off for the Super Late Models on
Thursday night with two rounds of qualifying and Don was able to
lay claim to the 42nd quickest lap of the 97 competitors in attendance.
On Friday evening, Don advanced up to second in his stacked heat
race before grabbing the second transfer spot through his consolation
event. The Martinsville, Indiana standout then moved past a handful
of competitors during the $5,000 to win preliminary feature to place
seventh in the final finishing order of the 25-lap sprint. After
drawing the fifth starting spot for Saturday's $20,000 to win 'Gateway
Dirt Nationals' headliner, Don once again marched forward in the
40-lap feature all the way to second to earn an impressive runner-up
showing behind only victor Scott Bloomquist. Full results from the
season-ending weekend at The Dome at America's Center can be viewed
online at www.gatewaydirt.com.
Don O'Neal Earns Top Five in National
100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway
7, 2016) Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) rolled
into the historic East Alabama Motor Speedway on November 4-6 for
the 42nd edition of the 'National 100.' For the first time, three
complete shows were held at the Phenix City, Alabama venue and things
kicked off with a pair of $5,000 to win preliminary programs. On
Friday night, Don O'Neal clicked off the sixth fastest lap in Group
B during qualifying prior to winding up tenth in the final rundown
of the 42-lap feature. At EAMS on Saturday evening, Don qualified
fourth quickest in Group B during time trials and later advanced
up to second in the 42-lapper to finish an impressive runner-up
behind only victor Tim McCreadie.
By virtue of racking up the fourth most points during preliminary
action, Don started Sunday's 100-lap headliner from the outside
of the second row. The Martinsville, Indiana superstar then hung
around the front of the field throughout the $20,000 to win 'National
100' before recording a strong fifth place performance behind only
race winner Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, and
Darrell Lanigan. Full results from the long weekend at EAMS can
be viewed by accessing www.eamsdirt.com.
O'Neal on Podium in World Finals Finale
at Dirt Track at Charlotte!
30, 2016) Next up on the racing schedule
for the #5 CBR team was the annual 'World of Outlaws World Finals'
at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina
on October 27-29. The three-day World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series weekend started on Thursday night with two rounds of
qualifying, which determined the heat race lineups for the final
two series races of the 2016 season. Don O'Neal posted the fourth
quickest time in Group B for Friday's program, while he clicked
off the fourth fastest lap in Group A for Saturday's showdown.
On Friday night, Don slipped back to fifth in his stacked heat
race and later finished third in his B-Main. Unfortunately, that
was one more spot away from advancing him into the 50-lap feature
event, which carried a $12,000 winner's purse. In Saturday's $12,000
to win 'World of Outlaws World Finals' finale, Don placed second
in his heat race prior to advancing up to third in the 50-lapper.
The Martinsville, Indiana star finished on the podium behind only
race winner Chris Madden and runner-up Tim McCreadie. Complete results
from the Charlotte area can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Don O'Neal Leads Majority of Blue-Gray
100; Runner-Up to Lanigan!
24, 2016) Don O'Neal and the Clint Bowyer
Racing (CBR) team strolled into Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South
Carolina on Sunday evening, October 23 for the annual running of
the 'Blue-Gray 100.' The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series
presided over the single-day throwdown and a $10,000 top prize was
on the line. Don laid down the fifth quickest lap overall during
the qualifying session prior to scoring an impressive victory in
his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the front row
in the 100-lapper, Don led the first three circuits before regaining
the point on the fourteenth lap. The Martinsville, Indiana star
would then hold the top spot until lap 91 when he was overtaken
by eventual winner and teammate Darrell Lanigan, which forced him
to settle for a runner-up showing. Complete results from the 'Blue-Gray
100,' which featured a one-two finish for CBR, can be accessed online
O'Neal Sixth in $100k DTWC; Finishes
Fifth in Final LOLMDS Points
16, 2016) The 2016 version of the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series season wrapped up over the October 14-15
weekend at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, as the 36th
Annual 'Dirt Track World Championship' took center stage and 80
competitors piled into the southern Ohio facility to vie for the
whopping $100,000 winner's check. Things kicked off on Friday evening
at PRP with two rounds of heat races and combined passing points
set the field for Saturday's championship night.
Don O'Neal ran second in his first heat race on Friday prior to
finishing fifth in his second and final prelim of the evening. After
accumulating the sixteenth most passing points in preliminary action,
Don started the 100-lap DTWC from the outside of the eighth row.
The Martinsville, Indiana standout then charged all the way up to
fourth in the running order before suffering an unfortunate flat
tire on lap 92. Don returned to the track to salvage a sixth place
performance and was officially placed fifth in the final LOLMDS
point standings exiting Portsmouth. Complete results from the 'Dirt
Track World Championship' weekend can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Climbs to Fifth in LOLMDS
Points After Pittsburgher 100!
9, 2016) The penultimate event of the 2016
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series campaign took the #5 CBR team to
the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial,
Pennsylvania on October 7-8 for the 28th edition of the 'Pittsburgher
100.' Following a wash-out of Friday's action at the monster 1/2-mile
speedplant, the entire $20,000 to win program was contested on Saturday.
Don O'Neal laid down the third quickest lap in Group A during the
qualifying session and later placed second in his loaded heat race.
After starting the 100-lap grind from the inside of the third row,
Don drove up to the second spot early in the race before eventually
settling for a strong fourth place effort behind only winner Josh
Richards, Scott Bloomquist, and Gregg Satterlee. He now finds himself
fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following
the 'Pittsburgher 100.' Full results from PPMS can be accessed online
O'Neal Places Sixth in Dixie Shootout;
Runner-Up in Rome Showdown!
3, 2016) Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) made the
trip to the Peach State with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
on October 1-2 for a pair of single-day throwdowns at Dixie Speedway
in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia. Things
kicked off at Dixie on Saturday night with the annual running of
the 'Dixie Shootout,' which paid $12,000 to the winner. Don O'Neal
timed in third fastest in Group B during qualifying prior to scoring
a victory in heat race action. After starting the 60-lapper from
the outside of the third row, Don wound up finishing right where
he started in the 'Dixie Shootout'... in the sixth spot behind only
winner Dale McDowell, Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Overton,
and Darrell Lanigan.
At Rome on Sunday evening, a $10,000 top prize was on the line
in the 'Rome Showdown.' Don clicked off the fifth quickest time
in Group A during the qualifying session and later ran second in
his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third
row in the 50-lap headliner, the popular driver known as the "Real
Deal" scooted past a trio of racecars en route to an impressive
runner-up showing behind only victor Scott Bloomquist. Don now finds
himself sixth in the latest LOLMDS point standings following the
doubleheader weekend. Complete results from both Dixie and Rome
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Don O'Neal Wins Heat Race; Finishes
Seventh in $20k Jackson 100
25, 2016) Don O'Neal and his #5 CBR team
rolled into the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana
on September 23-24 for the 37th edition of the 'Jackson 100.' The
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again sanctioned the mega
event at 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval and 42 competitors signed into
the pit area for the $20,000 to win contest. Don laid down the sixth
fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session on Friday night
prior to winning his loaded heat race on Saturday evening. After
starting the 100-lap headliner from the inside of the second row,
Don ran in the top five through much of the distance before slipping
back to seventh at the checkers. The Martinsville, Indiana standout
still sits sixth in the latest version of the LOLMDS points exiting
the 'Jackson 100.' Full results from Brownstown can be viewed online
O'Neal Sixth in Lucas Oil Series Points
Exiting Knoxville Nationals
18, 2016) Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) rejoined
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour from September 15-17 at
the historic Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, as the 13th Annual
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' thrilled fans over the
extended weekend in the Hawkeye State. The three-day crown jewel
spectacular kicked off with a pair of preliminary showdowns - each
of which paid $7,000 to the winner. At the 1/2-mile Marion County
Fairgrounds complex on Thursday night, Don O'Neal ran third in his
heat race prior to knocking down a solid eighth place effort in
the 25-lap feature event. On Friday evening, Don placed fifth in
his heat race, second in the B-Main, and thirteenth in the 25-lapper.
By virtue of racking up the eleventh largest point total of the
69 entrants during preliminary action, Don was locked into the inside
of the sixth row for Saturday's 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals,' which once again boasted a whopping $40,000 payday.
The Martinsville, Indiana star eventually wound up finishing right
where he started in the race... in the eleventh position. Don still
sits sixth in the latest LOLMDS point standings exiting Knoxville
Raceway. Complete results from the busy weekend can be viewed online
Don O'Neal Victorious in $10,000 Prelim;
Nabs Top Ten in World 100!
11, 2016) Don O'Neal and the #5 CBR team
stormed into the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio from September 8-10 for the 46th edition of the 'World 100.'
The "Biggest Dirt Race in the World" was held over the
weekend at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant and 108 competitors
piled into the pit area to compete in the three-day extravaganza,
which started with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary
programs. On Thursday night, Don ran second in his heat race and
later led all twenty-five circuits in the headliner to pocket the
$10,000 payday over Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Chris Madden,
and Mike Mataragas! At the "Big E" on Friday evening,
Don clicked off the fastest lap overall during qualifying, ran third
in his heat race, and later advanced all the way up to fourth in
the 25-lapper to finish only behind victor Bobby Pierce, Devin Moran,
and Jimmy Mars.
When Saturday rolled around at Eldora Speedway, all eyes were focused
on the $49,000 winner's check and the famed globe trophy. Don unfortunately
hit the wall while leading his stacked heat race and was forced
to take a provisional to gain access into the 100-lap crown jewel
main event. After starting nineteenth on the grid and spinning on
lap 54 to draw a caution, the Martinsville, Indiana star rallied
back through the pack to salvage a solid ninth place effort in this
year's version of the 'World 100.' Complete results from the extended
weekend in the Buckeye State can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
O'Neal Sixth in LOLMDS Points Following
Trio of Top Ten Finishes
5, 2016) The #5 CBR team bolted to the states
of Ohio and West Virginia over the Labor Day holiday weekend (September
2-4) for a trio of high-profile Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
throwdowns. The dirt-slinging action started in the Buckeye State
with a $10,000 to win show at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio
and a $12,000 to win program at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth,
Ohio. On Friday night at Attica, Don O'Neal ran second in his heat
race prior to placing sixth in the 50-lap main event behind only
winner Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Erb, Jr., Doug Drown, Darrell
Lanigan, and Jimmy Owens. In the 'Pepsi 60 River Days Rumble' at
PRP on Saturday evening, Don finished fourth in his stacked heat
race and later moved up several spots during the 60-lapper en route
to a steady tenth place effort.
Things then wrapped up on Sunday at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne,
West Virginia with the annual running of the 'Hillbilly Hundred,'
which once again boasted a hefty $25,000 payday. Don timed in ninth
quickest in Group B during qualifying before running third in heat
race action. On the one-groove racing surface during the 100-lap
grind, the Martinsville, Indiana standout worked his way past three
competitors on his way to a seventh place performance. Don now sits
sixth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting
the tripleheader holiday weekend. Full results from all three venues
can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.