O'Neal Sixth in Lucas Oil Series Points Exiting Knoxville Nationals
(September 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Victorious in $10,000 Prelim; Nabs Top Ten in World 100!
(September 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
(September 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.

Don O'Neal Advances to Post Top Five in John Bradshaw Memorial!
(August 28, 2016)
Don O'Neal and the #5 Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team were back on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail on August 26-27 in weekend events at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky and Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. On Friday night in the $10,000 to win 'John Bradshaw Memorial' at Ponderosa, Don placed third in his heat race prior to advancing up to fifth in the 50-lapper to finish behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb, Jr., and Greg Johnson. At Lawrenceburg on Saturday evening in the $12,000 to win 'Whiskey City 60,' Don ran fifth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and had climbed up inside of the top five in the 60-lapper before retiring from the attrition-filled race in the eleventh position. The Martinsville, Indiana star is seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the doubleheader weekend. Full results can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Runner-Up in Ralph Latham Memorial; Battles Back to Fifth in N/S 100
(August 14, 2016)
Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) traveled to the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on August 11-13 for both the rain-postponed 'Ralph Latham Memorial' and the 34th Annual 'North/South 100.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided over the huge three-day weekend in the Cincinnati-area, as a whopping $80,000 in first place prize money was up for grabs. On Thursday night, Don O'Neal timed in fifth fastest in Group B during qualifying for the 'Ralph Latham Memorial' and later ran second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the $30,000 to win headliner, Don blitzed past eight competitors during the 75-lapper en route to a sterling runner-up performance behind only race winner Scott Bloomquist!

At Florence on Friday evening, double heat races were held to kick off the 'North/South 100' portion of the weekend. Don won both of his heat races in convincing fashion and earned the most passing points in doing so. After starting Saturday's $50,000 to win crown jewel spectacular from the pole position, the Martinsville, Indiana superstar led the first 32 circuits before getting taken out by Jared Landers on a restart. Don then battled back from the tail to salvage a strong fifth place showing in the 100-lap extra distance affair, as he trailed only winner Bobby Pierce, Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, and Devin Moran at the checkered flag. The "Real Deal" is now seventh in LOLMDS points exiting the huge weekend at Florence Speedway. Full results can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Lands in Fourth Spot in Prairie Dirt Classic at FALS!
(July 31, 2016)
The 27th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic' weekend was the focus of the #5 CBR team on July 29-30 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. A $27,000 winner's check was on the line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special. On Friday night, Don O'Neal laid down the second quickest lap in Group A during time trials prior to running second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the fourth row in Saturday's 100-lap 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' Don advanced all the way up to second in the running order before eventually settling for a strong fourth place effort. At the checkers in the extra-distance affair, the "Real Deal" trailed only victor Josh Richards, Dennis Erb, Jr., and Shane Clanton! Full results from FALS can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

O'Neal Nabs Top Five in $12,000 St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon!
(July 27, 2016)
A short turnaround after I-80 saw the Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team invade the tiny Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois on Tuesday night, July 26 for the 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series battle drew 21 competitors to the 1/5-mile oval and all eyes were fixated on the $12,000 top prize. Don O'Neal timed in twelfth quickest during the qualifying session prior to running second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in the 100-lap grind, Don drove up to the fourth spot to trail only winner Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, and Earl Pearson, Jr. at the checkers. Following the 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100,' the Martinsville, Indiana star still sits eighth in the current version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from Macon can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Climbs to Grab Top Ten in Silver Dollar Nationals!
(July 24, 2016)
The next event on the calendar for the #5 CBR team was a visit to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on July 22-23 for the 6th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Series and boasted a whopping $40,000 payday. The unique format kicked off on Friday night with double heat races and passing points set the lineup for Saturday's portion of the program. Don O'Neal ran fifth in his first heat race, while he wound up seventh in his final prelim of the evening.

When Saturday night rolled around, Don retired early from his B-Main and utilized a series provisional to gain access into the 80-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana star then pointed his #5 machine to the front of the stellar field and picked off sixteen competitors on his way to a solid tenth place effort. Don still sits eighth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' Full results from I-80 Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal on Podium in $10,000 Battle at the Beach 50 at Granite City!
(July 17, 2016)
Next up for Don O'Neal and the rest of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors were a pair of contests over the July 15-16 weekend at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. On Friday night in the annual 'Battle at the Beach 50' at Granite City, Don ran second in his heat race prior to moving up to third in the $10,000 to win headliner to trail only winner Scott Bloomquist and runner-up Earl Pearson, Jr. at the checkers. In the 'CMH Diamond Nationals' on Saturday evening at Wheatland, Don placed seventh in his heat race, third in his B-Main, and twelfth in the $12,000 to win feature event. The Martinsville, Indiana native currently sits eighth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the doubleheader weekend. Full results can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Eighth in Lucas Points Following Cherokee & Smoky Mountain
(July 10, 2016)
The #5 CBR team followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee from July 7-9 for what was supposed to be a huge triple shot of racing action. Following a rain-out on Thursday at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the annual 'Grassy Smith Memorial' kicked off the dirt-slinging competition on Friday evening at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. Don O'Neal timed in twenty-third quickest in qualifying and later grabbed the fifth transfer spot through his heat race. After a long rain delay, Don was able to move up to finish tenth in the $10,000 to win headliner.

At Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday night, a $12,000 top prize was on the line in the 'Mountain Moonshine Classic.' Don clicked off the fourth fastest time in Group A during the qualifying session prior to picking up the victory in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the second row in the 60-lap main event, the Martinsville, Indiana ace had a strong run going until he was collected in a late wreck, which dropped him to a disappointing fourteenth place effort. Don now finds himself eighth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Smoky Mountain. Full results from the long weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Ninth at PRP; Climbs to Runner-Up Effort at Zanesville!
(July 4, 2016)
A Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series doubleheader greeted the cars and stars of the national touring series on July 2-3 in the Buckeye State, as $12,000 winner's checks were on the line at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio and Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio. On Saturday night at PRP, Don O'Neal won his stacked heat race prior to slipping back to ninth in the final rundown of the 'Independence 60.' At Zanesville on Sunday evening, Don ran second in his heat race, vaulted to the front to lead laps 19-32, and eventually netted a sterling runner-up effort in the 60-lapper behind only victor Scott Bloomquist. The Martinsville, Indiana star still finds himself ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the holiday weekend can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Don O'Neal Gets Top Ten Effort in Clash at the Mag in Mississippi
(June 19, 2016)
Don O'Neal and the #5 team were back on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail on June 17-18 in the annual running of the 'Clash at the Mag' at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi. Due to strong thunderstorms on Friday, the two-day extravaganza was condensed into a single-day shootout on Saturday paying $12,000 to the winner. Don posted the eighth quickest time in Group B during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After starting the 60-lap main event from the outside of the sixth row, Don was able to move up three positions during the caution-free affair on his way to a solid ninth place showing. The Martinsville, Indiana ace still finds himself ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Magnolia. Complete results from the 'Clash at the Mag' can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Rallies to Fifth in $100,000 Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora!
(June 12, 2016)
Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) made the trek to the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on June 9-11 for the 22nd edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Things got underway at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night, Don O'Neal unfortunately got into the wall during his heat race and was not able to transfer into his $5,000 to win main event. In Friday's $10,000 to win show, Don ran second in his heat race prior to slipping back to eleventh in the 25-lap sprint.

When Saturday evening rolled around at the "Big E," all eyes were fixated on the whopping $100,000 winner's check in 'Dream XXII.' Don placed fourth in his heat race before taking home the victory in his B-Main. After rolling off from the inside of the eleventh row in the 100-lap headliner, the popular driver known as the "Real Deal" put on a show storming from the back of the pack. At the checkers, Don was in the fifth finishing position behind only race winner Dennis Erb, Jr., Josh Richards, Dale McDowell, and Jonathan Davenport! Full results from Eldora Speedway can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

Don O'Neal Rebounds for Top Five in Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell!
(June 5, 2016)
The ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took the #5 CBR team to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee and the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky over the June 3-4 weekend. At Tazewell on Friday night, a $10,000 winner's check was on the line in the annual running of the 'Toyota Knoxville 50.' Don O'Neal qualified fifth quickest overall during time trials prior to scoring a heat race triumph. After starting the 50-lapper from the outside of the front row, Don unfortunately suffered a flat Hoosier tire early in the race. He received assistance from his crew, returned to the racetrack at the tail of the field, and battled back to earn an impressive fifth place showing behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, and Dennis Erb, Jr.

Saturday's $30,000 to win 'Ralph Latham Memorial' at Florence was then washed out and postponed until Thursday, August 11. The Martinsville, Indiana star currently sits ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Tazewell. Full results can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

 

 

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