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O'Neal Closes Out '18 Season with Podium Effort in Gateway Dirt Nationals!
(December 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
(November 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 to www.woolms.com.

O'Neal Seventh in $100k DTWC; Finishes Eighth in Final Lucas Points
(October 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!
(October 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 on www.eldoraspeedway.com.

O'Neal Eighth in $20,000 Pittsburgher 100 at PPMS; Eighth in Points
(October 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
(October 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 at www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

O'Neal Claims $2,000 Win in Bowman 50 at Brownstown Speedway!
(September 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. (Schaefer's Racing Photos)

Don O'Neal Runner-Up in $40,000 Knoxville LM Nationals!!!
(September 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...
(September 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 www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Don O'Neal Battles Back to Grab Top Ten in Hillbilly Hundred
(September 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. (MRM Racing Photo)

O'Neal on Podium in Dirt Million Duel; Suffers Mechanical Woes in 100-Lapper
(August 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 Ricky Weiss.

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
(August 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 www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

 

 

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