HUDSON O'NEAL STORMS TO FOURTH IN FIRST ABERDEEN VISIT!!!
(July 19, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made their first-ever visit to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Tuesday evening, July 18 for the 'Bullet Sportswear Shootout,' which boasted a $10,000 winner's check. Hudson O'Neal knocked down the tenth quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying session prior to running second in his stacked heat race. After starting the 50-lap feature from the inside of the fourth row, Hudson ran amongst the top five throughout the action-packed race. The young Martinsville, Indiana star eventually guided his #71 Club 29 racecar to an impressive fourth place showing in his maiden voyage to the Dakotas behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, and Tim McCreadie! Full results from last night at Aberdeen can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'NEAL TURNS HEADS WITH STRONG SHOWING IN IL & MO
(July 16, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and his #71 team continued their hectic month of July with two more Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on July 14-15. On Friday night in the $10,000 to win 'NAPA Know How 50' at Granite City, Hudson placed third in his loaded heat race and later climbed to fourth in the 50-lapper before settling for a strong seventh place showing. At Wheatland on Saturday evening in the annual 'CMH Diamond Nationals,' which boasted a hefty $12,000 payday, Hudson won an entertaining heat race over his father and ran second most of the 60-lap headliner before slipping back to finish fourth behind only victor Josh Richards, Don O'Neal, and Darrell Lanigan! Full results from the doubleheader weekend can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

HUDSON O'NEAL FOLLOWS LOLMDS TOUR TO SOUTHEAST
(July 9, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee from July 6-8 for a trio of pivotal point battles. Up first were two $10,000 to win programs at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. On Thursday night at Fayetteville, Hudson O'Neal finished sixth in his loaded heat race and seventeenth in the 50-lap main event. At Cherokee on Friday evening in the annual 'Grassy Smith Memorial,' Hudson utilized a provisional to gain access into the 50-lapper and eventually climbed up to sixteenth by the checkered flag.

The tripleheader in the Southeast then wrapped up on Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee with the 'Mountain Moonshine Classic,' which boasted a $12,000 top prize. Hudson placed fourth in heat race action and later moved up two spots during the 60-lap headliner to close out the weekend with a twelfth place showing. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster still sits eleventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the trio of races. Full results can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

O'NEAL ON PODIUM WITH LOLMDS AT MANSFIELD & ZANESVILLE!
(July 4, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and the #71 team were back in competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series from July 1-3 in a triple shot of holiday racing action in the Buckeye State of Ohio. On Saturday in the annual running of the 'Independence 60' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hudson qualified twelfth quickest in time trials prior to placing fourth in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the sixth row in the $12,000 to win headliner, Hudson wound up finishing right where he started in the 60-lapper... in the twelfth position.

The tripleheader then concluded with specials at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio and Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio. Hudson laid down the fastest lap overall during time trials at Mansfield on Sunday night to earn Fast Time honors, won his stacked heat race, and later drove his Club 29 machine to a sterling third place podium effort in the $10,000 to win feature behind only winner Josh Richards and runner-up Gregg Satterlee. He then backed up that performance on Monday evening at Zanesville by running second in his heat race before climbing to second in the $12,000 to win main event to trail only victor Eddie Carrier, Jr. at the checkers! The Martinsville, Indiana youngster currently finds himself eleventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the dirt-slinging competition leading into Independence Day can be viewed by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.

HUDSON O'NEAL LANDS IN TOP TEN AT FLORENCE SPEEDWAY!
(June 25, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team drove through the pit gate at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on Saturday, June 24, as the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presided over a single-day shootout, which boasted a $10,000 top prize. Hudson O'Neal timed in seventh fastest in Group B during the qualifying session and later grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lap main event from the outside of the fifth row, Hudson stormed up inside of the top five before he was hit in the left rear, which caused damage to his Club 29 mount and dropped him back to eighth in the final rundown. Full results from last night at Florence Speedway can be accessed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.

O'NEAL STEADY IN RAIN-SHORTENED CLASH AT THE MAG
(June 18, 2017) Next up for the SSI Motorsports team was a visit to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on June 16-17 for the annual running of the 'Clash at the Mag.' Following a rain-out of Friday's action, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie was condensed into a single-day shootout on Saturday evening. Hudson O'Neal stopped the clock fifth quickest in Group B during the qualifying session and later grabbed the third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting tenth on the grid in the $12,000 to win headliner, the Martinsville, Indiana youngster dropped back through the field early in the 60-lapper before charging back up to finish eleventh at the checkers. Hudson now finds himself eleventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting the 'Clash at the Mag.' Full results from last night can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

HUDSON O'NEAL TRANSFERS INTO FIRST $100K DLM DREAM!
(June 11, 2017) The #71 team rolled into the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 8-10 for the 23rd running of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which once again carried a hefty $100,000 winner's check. The three-day crown jewel spectacular at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant drew 79 Super Late Model competitors. Things kicked off at the "Big E" with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs, which paid $5,000 and $10,000 to win respectively.

Hudson O'Neal placed fourth in his heat race on Thursday night before retiring from the 25-lap main event in the twenty-fourth position. On Friday evening, Hudson once again finished fourth in his stacked heat race prior to knocking down an eighteenth place effort in the 25-lapper. When the stakes were raised in the Buckeye State on Saturday, the Martinsville, Indiana standout grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his heat race and later placed nineteenth in the final rundown of the 100-lap 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Full results from the extended weekend at Eldora Speedway can be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.

O'NEAL DRIVES ISSAC RAINEY'S MACHINE TO ILMS VICTORY!
(June 4, 2017) Hudson O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana, picked up his first victory of the 2017 racing season behind the wheel of Issac Rainey's #24r Crate Late Model machine on Friday night, June 2 at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Indiana! Hudson ran second in heat race action prior to scoring the Indiana Late Model Series (ILMS) win in the feature over Tyler Cain, Chad Stapleton, Marty O'Neal, and Jeremy Hines. In a similar show on Saturday evening, June 3 at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana, Hudson placed third in his heat race and was running third in the ILMS headliner before he was caught up in a wreck, which dropped the youngster to fifteenth in the final finishing order. Full results from both weekend races can be obtained by clicking on www.indianalatemodelseries.com. (Mark Schaefer Photo)

HUDSON O'NEAL COMPETES IN FIRST SHOW-ME 100!
(May 29, 2017) SSI Motorsports headed to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri from May 25-28 for the 25th edition of the storied 'Show-Me 100,' which was co-sanctioned once again by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Series. Hudson O'Neal unfortunately missed out on transferring into the $6,000 to win preliminary features on Thursday and Friday, but utilized a series provisional to gain access into the 'Show-Me 100' headliner. After Mother Nature stole the show on Saturday evening, the $30,000 to win crown jewel main event was pushed back to Sunday night. Hudson drove forward throughout the 100-lap main event and despite drawing a lap 41 caution flag, the Martinsville, Indiana ace was able to finish his first 'Show-Me 100' in the eighteenth position. He now finds himself twelfth in the current version of the LOLMDS point standings following the long holiday weekend. Full results from Wheatland can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

O'NEAL INVOLVED IN HARD WRECK DURING GO 50...
(May 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
(May 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
(May 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
(May 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

O'NEAL CLIMBS TO TENTH IN LUCAS POINTS AFTER BUSY WEEKEND
(April 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

HUDSON O'NEAL INTENDS TO VIE FOR LOLMDS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
(April 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 story

O'NEAL HAS SOLID RUN IN BATESVILLE'S BAD BOY 98
(April 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
(April 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.

 

 

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