Don O'Neal Runner-Up at Atomic; Finishes
Sixth in Busy Weekend Finale
24, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
grind heated back up from April 20-23 with four scheduled events
in the states of Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The quadruple
header kicked off for the Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team on Thursday
night with the annual 'Buckeye Spring 50,' which boasted a $10,000
winner's check at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio. Don O'Neal timed
in third quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior
to scoring a victory in his loaded heat race. After starting from
the pole position in the 50-lapper, Don led the first 49 circuits
until his CBR teammate Darrell Lanigan snuck past to grab the win
on the final lap, which left the Martinsville, Indiana star to settle
for an impressive runner-up showing.
On Friday evening, a rugged racetrack greeted the #5 team at Sharon
Speedway in Hartford, Ohio and series competitors unanimously voted
that the $10,000 to win special become a non-points race due to
the sub par track conditions. Don placed fourth in his heat race
prior to retiring in the twelfth position of the 50-lap main event.
Following a rain-out of Saturday's action at Hagerstown Speedway
in Hagerstown, Maryland, the hectic weekend wrapped up on Sunday
with another $10,000 to win showdown at Port Royal Speedway in Port
Royal, Pennsylvania. Don won his heat race in preliminary competition
and later crossed underneath the checkers in the sixth spot in the
50-lap headliner. The "Real Deal" now finds himself fourth
in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting the
Keystone State. Complete results from each of these races can be
viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
O'Neal Drives to Top Five in Bad Boy
98; Now Sixth in LOLMDS Points!
9, 2017) Don O'Neal and the #5 CBR team found
themselves in the pit area at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust
Grove, Arkansas on April 7-8 for the annual running of the 'Bad
Boy 98.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie drew 45 entrants
to the Razorback State for the two-day extravaganza, which boasted
a whopping $20,000 winner's check. On Friday night, Don timed in
second quickest in Group A during qualifying prior to running third
in his stacked heat race. The Martinsville, Indiana superstar then
started Saturday's 98-lap feature from the inside of the sixth row,
fell back early in the distance, and then made a late charge to
finish fifth behind only victor Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist,
Shannon Babb, and Josh Richards. Don now finds himself sixth in
the latest LOLMDS point standings following the 'Bad Boy 98.' Complete
results from Batesville Motor Speedway can be viewed by clicking
Don O'Neal Owns Duck River for $10,000
Lucas Oil Series Triumph!!!
3, 2017) The Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) team
and driver Don O'Neal stood tall in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
victory lane on Sunday evening, April 2 at Duck River Raceway Park
in Wheel, Tennessee! Don clicked off the fastest lap overall during
the qualifying session prior to picking up the win in heat race
action. The Martinsville, Indiana superstar then led the 50-lap
headliner on three different occasions (laps 1-6, 19-35, and 38-50)
to claim the $10,000 windfall over Scott Bloomquist, Tanner English,
Brandon Overton, and Dennis Erb, Jr.!
Earlier in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader, Don
was in action at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia and the historic
East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama. On Friday night
at Boyd's, Don won his heat race and was battling inside of the
top five of the $10,000 to win feature event before getting caught
up in a lap 19 pileup, which relegated him to a disappointing twenty-third
place outing. At EAMS on Saturday in the 'Alabama Shootout,' which
boasted a $12,000 payday, the popular driver known as the "Real
Deal" placed fifth in his loaded heat race prior to blasting
past nine competitors during the 60-lapper to score a fourth place
performance behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and
Earl Pearson, Jr. Don currently sits seventh in the latest version
of the LOLMDS point standings following the action-packed weekend.
Full results can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'Neal Improves Three Spots to Leave
Cherokee with Sixth Place Effort
6, 2017) Don O'Neal and the #5 CBR team trekked
to the renowned Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on
Sunday afternoon, March 5 for the annual running of 'March Madness.'
The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS) presided over the
single-day throwdown and 38 competitors crossed through the pit
gate to vie for the $10,000 winner's check. Don timed in fifth quickest
in Group A during the qualifying session prior to running third
in his loaded heat race. After starting the 60-lap headliner from
the inside of the fifth row, the Martinsville, Indiana standout
was able to steer past a trio of competitors on his way to a solid
sixth place showing behind only winner Ross Bailes, Mike Marlar,
Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, and Chris Madden. Complete
results from 'March Madness' can be accessed by clicking on www.sasdirt.com.
DIRTcar Nationals Nightly Results
from Volusia Speedway Park...
25, 2017) Don O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana,
reached World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory lane
for the first time in his career tonight in the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
finale at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida! Don timed
in fifteenth quickest in Group A during the qualifying session,
but later vaulted up to fourth in his heat race to grab the final
transfer spot into the 40-lap main event. The popular driver known
as "The Real Deal" then blasted from his thirteenth starting
spot to grab the lead following a lap fourteen restart. Don then
held the point throughout the remainder of the distance to lay claim
to the $10,000 windfall over Tim McCreadie, Billy Moyer, Jr., Kyle
Bronson, and Chris Madden! (Heath
2017) Following a pair of shows that fell
victim to Mother Nature, the dirt started flying again at Volusia
Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida tonight in the penultimate
event of the 46th Annual 'DIRTcar Nationals.' A $10,000 top prize
was up for grabs in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
special. Don O'Neal logged the eighth quickest lap in Group B during
time trials prior to bagging a second place effort in his heat race.
Don had then vaulted up to fifth in the running order in the 40-lap
feature before breaking something in the driveline of his #5 Club
29 racecar. The Martinsville, Indiana star was officially dropped
to twenty-fifth in the final rundown of the race, which was shortened
to only 23 circuits due to a dense fog.
2017) Back-to-back rain-outs have stricken
the annual 'DIRTcar Nationals,' as tonight's $10,000 to win World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tilt at Volusia Speedway
Park was nixed by inclement weather early in the afternoon. The
event will not be rescheduled and the rain-out leaves only two races
left during the 2017 version of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' at the Barberville,
2017) The 'DIRTcar Nationals' program scheduled
for tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida was
canceled after heavy rain hit the 1/2-mile oval in the morning with
more wet weather forecasted throughout the day. The evening's $10,000
to win UMP DIRTcar Series-sanctioned throwdown will not be rescheduled.
Action will resume at VSP on Thursday night with the first of three
consecutive evenings of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
2017) The #5 CBR team, who chose to skip
last night's 'DIRTcar Nationals' lid lifter, unloaded for the first
time at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida tonight for
another UMP DIRTcar Series battle, which paid $7,000 to the winner.
Don O'Neal posted the seventh quickest time in his group during
the qualifying session and later ran fourth in both his heat race
and his B-Main. Unfortunately, those finishes narrowly kept Don
out of the 30-lap feature event, which was eventually won by Brandon
Hard Wreck Takes O'Neal Out of Contention
to Win at Ocala...
19, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
portion of "Speedweeks 2017" concluded tonight with a
$10,000 to win affair at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. The
annual running of the 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals' drew a stellar
44 car field to the 3/8-mile, D-shaped venue. Don O'Neal clicked
off the third fastest time in Group A during qualifying before finishing
second in his loaded heat race. The Martinsville, Indiana superstar
then started fifth on the grid in the 50-lap headliner and was running
second on the 20th circuit when he was involved in a pileup with
leader Josh Richards and a lapped car. Don was unfortunately forced
to retire in the twenty-fifth position with heavy front end damage
and will leave the "Sunshine State" eighth in the latest
version of the LOLMDS point standings.
Winternationals Nightly Results from
East Bay Raceway Park...
18, 2017) Tonight's Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series-sanctioned 'Winternationals' finale at East Bay (FL)
Raceway Park, which was scheduled to pay $12,000 to win, has been
washed out and will not be rescheduled.
2017) The penultimate event of the 'Winternationals'
took place earlier this evening at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton,
Florida. The points race for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
paid $10,000 to the winner and drew a stout 42 car field. Don O'Neal
started out his night by posting the third fastest lap in Group
A during time trials and later claimed the triumph in his loaded
heat race. After starting the 50-lapper from the pole position and
leading the first circuit, Don paced the field from laps 3-15 before
giving up the top spot to eventual winner Scott Bloomquist. At the
end of the race, the "Real Deal" found himself in the
fifth finishing position behind only victor Bloomquist, Josh Richards,
Jonathan Davenport, and Tim McCreadie.
2017) The 41st edition of the 'Winternationals'
soldiered on tonight at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida,
as a $7,000 top prize was on the line for the cars and stars of
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Don O'Neal qualified fourth
quickest in Group B during time trials before scoring the victory
in heat race action. After starting the 45-lap main event from the
outside of the second row, Don found the point on lap 16 and held
the lead up until the 24th circuit. At the conclusion of the action-packed
event, the Martinsville, Indiana hotshoe crossed underneath the
checkers second behind only race winner Tim McCreadie!
2017) Tonight's $7,000 to win Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series battle at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton,
Florida has succumbed to Mother Nature and will not be rescheduled.
Heavy afternoon rains deluged the Tampa-area and the track was not
able to be worked into shape to host racing action this evening.
After taking the first two non-points races of the 'Winternationals'
off, Don O'Neal was slated to make his 2017 East Bay debut tonight
before the rains hit...
Super Bowl of Racing Nightly Results
from Golden Isles Speedway...
11, 2017) Night two of the 'Super Bowl of
Racing' doubleheader weekend at Golden Isles (GA) Speedway took
center stage this evening and a $12,000 top prize was on the line
in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series extravaganza. Don O'Neal
clicked off the tenth fastest time in Group B during qualifying
prior to running second in his loaded heat race. The Martinsville,
Indiana superstar then rolled off from the outside of the sixth
row in the 60-lapper and was able to drive past four competitors
en route to a solid eighth place showing.
2017) Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR) lifted the
lid to their 2017 campaign tonight in round one of the annual 'Super
Bowl of Racing' at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the $10,000 to win
opener, which drew a stout 51 car field. Don O'Neal posted the thirteenth
quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying session and later
grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his heat race.
After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the seventh
row, Don pitted during the course of the race and wound up twentieth
in the final finishing order.