Don O'Neal Earns Top Five in National 100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway
(November 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!
(October 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!
(October 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 at www.carolinaclash.com.

O'Neal Sixth in $100k DTWC; Finishes Fifth in Final LOLMDS Points
(October 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!
(October 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'Neal Places Sixth in Dixie Shootout; Runner-Up in Rome Showdown!
(October 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
(September 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

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.

 

 

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