O'NEAL INVOLVED IN HARD WRECK DURING
24, 2017) The cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series rolled into I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on
Tuesday, May 23 for a special mid-week battle, as a $10,000 winner's
check was on the line in the inaugural running of the 'Go 50.'
Hudson O'Neal knocked down the second quickest time in Group A
during the qualifying session and later placed second in his loaded
heat race. After starting the 'Go 50' from the inside of the fourth
row, Hudson was unfortunately involved in a hard wreck on the
seventh circuit. The upstart Martinsville, Indiana ace retired
his #71 machine with heavy damage and wound up twenty-second in
the final finishing order. Full results from last night at I-80
Speedway can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL HEADS TO UPPER MIDWEST
WITH LUCAS OIL SERIES
21, 2017) With last night's rain-out of the inaugural
'NAPA North Star Nationals' at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley,
Minnesota, the #71 team wound up competing in a pair of $10,000
to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tilts on May 18-19 in
the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. On Thursday night at LaSalle
Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois, Hudson O'Neal ran third in his
heat race and was in the sixth spot in the 50-lap feature before
mechanical issues dropped him to twenty-third in the final finishing
order. In the first-ever stop by the national touring series to
Luxemburg Speedway in Luxemburg, Wisconsin on Friday evening,
Hudson placed fourth in his loaded heat race and nineteenth in
the 50-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster currently
finds himself eleventh in the LOLMDS point standings following
the doubleheader in the Upper Midwest. Full results from the weekend
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL ENTERS FARMER CITY 74 LAST
NIGHT IN LAND OF LINCOLN
13, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and the SSI Motorsports team
traveled to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday
evening, May 12 for the inaugural running of the 'Farmer City
74.' The MARS Dirt Car Series presided over the dirt-slinging
action at the 1/4-mile bullring and a whopping $20,000 winner's
check was on the line. Hudson stopped the clock eleventh fastest
in Group A during qualifying, but later slid high in his heat
race and eventually finished sixth in his prelim. The Martinsville,
Indiana youngster then opted to scratch from his C-Main and therefore
did not advance into the 74-lap main event, which was eventually
won by Bobby Pierce. Full results from last night at FCR can be
viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL NINTH IN RALPH LATHAM;
TWELFTH AT THE TAZ
8, 2017) SSI Motorsports entered a pair of high-profile
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series throwdowns in the states of Kentucky
and Tennessee on May 6-7. The lucrative doubleheader started on
Saturday night at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky,
as the Cincinnati-area facility played host to the 31st edition
of the 'Ralph Latham Memorial.' Hudson O'Neal timed in thirteenth
quickest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to grabbing
the fourth and final transfer spot through his loaded heat race.
After starting the $12,000 to win headliner from the outside of
the seventh row, Hudson was able to charge past a handful of competitors
on his way to a strong ninth place showing in the 60-lap affair.
The doubleheader weekend then wrapped up on Sunday evening with
a trip to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee
for the annual running of the 'Toyota of Knoxville 50,' which
paid $10,000 to the winner. Hudson endured problems early in the
night, but stormed to third in his stacked heat race. The Martinsville,
Indiana native then rolled off from the outside of the fourth
row in the 50-lapper and was running at the back part of the top
ten when he slowed to bring out the caution with only six circuits
remaining. Hudson officially wound up twelfth in the final finishing
order at "The Taz" and still sits tenth in the latest
version of the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting the Volunteer
State. Full results from both weekend races can be viewed online
O'NEAL CLIMBS TO TENTH IN LUCAS
POINTS AFTER BUSY WEEKEND
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 SSI Motorsports team on Thursday night
with the annual 'Buckeye Spring 50,' which boasted a $10,000 winner's
check at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio. Hudson O'Neal clicked
off the quickest lap overall of the 33 entrants during qualifying
to earn Fast Time honors and later placed fifth in his stacked
heat race. Following a victory in his B-Main, Hudson wound up
seventeenth in the final rundown of the 50-lap feature event.
On Friday evening, a rugged racetrack greeted the #71 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. Hudson timed in third fastest
overall during the qualifying session, finished third in his heat
race, and later retired from the 50-lapper in the sixteenth position.
Following a rain-out of Saturday's program at Hagerstown Speedway
in Hagerstown, Maryland, another $10,000 top prize was on the
line on Sunday in the busy weekend finale at Port Royal Speedway
in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. Hudson ran third in his heat race
prior to placing thirteenth in the 50-lap main event and now finds
himself tenth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings.
Complete results from each of these races can be found online
HUDSON O'NEAL INTENDS TO VIE FOR
LOLMDS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
16, 2017) The fans of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
can look forward to a talented group of drivers tackling the grueling
demands of the nation's premier dirt late model tour in 2017.
Three new drivers have declared their intent to chase the coveted
title of Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year - Presented by
Hot Rod Processing. Hudson O'Neal, the 16-year-old hot-shoe from
Martinsville, Indiana, has committed to contend for the Rookie
of the Year title in 2017. O'Neal has been absorbing all things
racing since he was born. His father, Don O'Neal remains a pillar
on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour.
O'Neal can be recognized as the driver of the SSI Motorsports-owned,
familiar No. 71, Club 29 Race Car - powered by a Clements Racing
Engine. The team's sponsors include: Peak Antifreeze and Motor
Oil, Tarpy Trucking, Sub-Surface of Indiana, West Side Tractor
Sales, Kimball Midwest by Krissie, Mark Martin Automotive, and
Penske Racing Shocks.
When asked why he decided to contend for the Rookie of the Year
title in 2017, O'Neal exclaimed, "It's all about making our
team better! It's a once in a lifetime chance you get to run for
this title and I think we have the team and the resources to make
it happen!" | full
O'NEAL HAS SOLID RUN IN BATESVILLE'S
BAD BOY 98
9, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and the #71 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, Hudson laid
down the fifth quickest time in Group A during the qualifying
session prior to placing fifth in his stacked heat race. After
picking up the victory in his B-Main on Saturday evening, Hudson
rolled off from the inside of the ninth row in the 98-lap feature
event. The Martinsville, Indiana ace was then able to move up
three spots during the headliner to finish fourteenth and leaves
the 'Bad Boy 98' eleventh in the current LOLMDS point standings.
Complete results from Batesville Motor Speedway can be viewed
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL TENTH IN TRIPLEHEADER
FINALE AT DUCK RIVER
3, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team tackled a trio of lucrative
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns from March 31-April
2 in the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Things kicked
off on Friday night at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia, as
a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs at the Chattanooga-area facility.
Hudson O'Neal qualified tenth quickest in Group B during time
trials and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through
his stacked heat race. After starting sixteenth on the grid in
the 50-lap headliner, Hudson unfortunately slowed on the 39th
circuit and was eventually paid for a twentieth place effort.
On Saturday evening, the historic East Alabama Motor
Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama took center stage, as the annual
'Alabama Shootout' boasted a $12,000 winner's check. Hudson once
again placed fourth in his loaded heat race prior to winding up
fourteenth in the final rundown of the 60-lapper. In the $10,000
to win tripleheader finale on Sunday at Duck River Raceway Park
in Wheel, Tennessee, Hudson finished fifth in heat race action
before advancing up to tenth in the 50-lap feature event. The
Martinsville, Indiana youngster now finds himself eleventh in
the latest version of the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting
the triple shot. Full results can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL COMPETES IN THAW BRAWL OPENER;
SEES RAIN ON SATURDAY
26, 2017) The #71 team drove through the pit gate at
LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Friday, March 24 for
the opening event of the 6th Annual 'Thaw Brawl.' The two-day
extravaganza at the 1/4-mile bullring was tri-sanctioned by the
American Late Model Series (ALMS), the Corn Belt Clash Late Model
Series, and MARS West tours. Hudson O'Neal timed in sixteenth
fastest in Group B during qualifying prior to placing sixth in
his loaded heat race. After scoring the victory in his consolation
event, Hudson wound up finishing seventeenth in the $7,000 to
win main event, which went caution-free for forty circuits.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace was then slated to compete in a
Non-Wing Sprint race on Saturday evening, March 25, but the 'No
Way Out 40' fell victim to Mother Nature. Full results from Friday's
show at LaSalle (IL) Speedway can be accessed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)