HUDSON O'NEAL KICKS OFF 2022 IN SUNSHINE NATIONALS

(January 22, 2022) In a weekend plagued by rugged track conditions and now inclement weather, tonight's regularly scheduled 'Sunshine Nationals' finale at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida has been wiped out and the $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Late Model Series program will not be rescheduled.

(January 21, 2022) Following the strong top five in the season opener, Hudson O'Neal was back at it again tonight in a similar $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Late Model Series showdown at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida. Hudson stopped the clock third quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to placing second in his loaded heat race. The "New Deal" was then slated to start seventh in the A-Main, but the feature event was postponed to Wednesday, February 16 due to inclement weather that rolled into the Daytona Beach area.

(January 20, 2022) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) kicked off their 2022 racing season at Volusia Speedway Park in night one of the 3rd Annual 'Sunshine Nationals.' The World of Outlaws Late Model Series opener boasted a $10,000 paycheck at the Barberville, Florida facility. Hudson clicked off the thirteenth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying before placing fifth in his stacked heat race. Following a B-Main triumph, the Martinsville, Indiana ace was scheduled to roll off from the outside of the ninth row in the feature event, but the headliner was pushed back to Friday afternoon due to rough track conditions and time constraints. When the 30-lapper finally went green, Hudson steered past thirteen competitors during the daytime contest to land an impressive fifth place effort behind only race winner Dale McDowell, Dennis Erb, Jr., Kyle Larson, and Chris Madden!

O'NEAL CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH BULLS GAP TOP FIVE!

(October 21, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) made their way to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 20 to close out their 2021 campaign. The Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series rolled into "The Gap" and a $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Hudson laid down the fifth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to securing a victory in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row, Hudson lost a couple of spots early in the contest before bringing his #71 machine home in the fourth finishing position behind only winner Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Larson, and Ricky Weiss! Complete results from the season finale at Volunteer Speedway can be viewed online at www.volunteerspeedway.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

HUDSON O'NEAL RUNNER-UP IN FINAL LOLMDS POINTS!

(October 17, 2021) The final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the 2021 campaign took place over the October 15-16 weekend at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 41st edition of the 'Dirt Track World Championship' was once again held at PRP and 60 competitors converged on the Buckeye State oval to vie for the whopping $100,000 winner's check. Following a rain-out of Friday's preliminary action, the entire program was held on Saturday. Hudson O'Neal timed in fifteenth fastest in Group B during qualifying, placed third in his stacked heat race, and later moved up nine spots during the course of the 100-lap headliner to officially place ninth in the final rundown of the DTWC. With the top ten in the series finale, Hudson was awarded second in the final LOLMDS point standings behind only Champion Tim McCreadie! You can view complete results from Portsmouth Raceway Park by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

O'NEAL GRABS SEVENTH PLACE FINISH AT DIXIE

(October 11, 2021) Fresh off his exciting 'Pittsburgher 100' triumph, Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) ventured south to the Peach State for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia on October 9-10. On Saturday night in the annual 'Dixie Shootout,' which boasted a $15,000 top prize, Hudson ran second in his heat race before claiming a solid seventh place effort in the 50-lap headliner. In the $10,000 to win 'Rome Showdown on Sunday evening, Hudson placed fifth in his stacked heat race, but mechanical woes on lap 25 of the feature dropped the Martinsville, Indiana ace to twenty-first in the final rundown. He still sits second in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings heading into next weekend's season-ending DTWC. Full results from both Dixie and Rome can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.

"NEW DEAL" STORMS THROUGH PPMS FIELD FOR $20,000 WIN!

(October 3, 2021) Hudson O'Neal nabbed his eleventh feature win of the 2021 campaign in dramatic fashion on Saturday evening, October 2 at the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pennsylvania! After finishing fifth in his stacked heat race and winning his B-Main, Hudson started the 'Pittsburgher 100' from the inside of the ninth row. Hudson then lost a lap shortly before the halfway mark in the 100-lapper, got a Lucky Dog restoration to the lead lap at the lap-50 fuel stop, and pitted again on lap 55 to make a shock adjustment. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then utilized the bottom groove of the monster 1/2-mile speedplant to pick off competitor after competitor before driving past race long leader Earl Pearson, Jr. on the 93rd circuit. Hudson then led the remainder of the distance to pocket the $20,000 winner's check ahead of Pearson, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Spencer Hughes, and Shane Clanton!

Earlier in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series doubleheader, the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) was in competition on Friday night, October 1 at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio. Hudson placed eighth in his heat race and later ran second in his B-Main to earn the rights to the outside of the tenth row for the start of the $12,000 to win 'Great Lakes 50.' During the course of the 50-lap headliner, Hudson rallied past ten racecars en route to a solid tenth place performance. The popular driver known as the "New Deal" still sits second in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting the weekend. Full results from both Raceway 7 and PPMS can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

O'NEAL FOURTH IN ICEBREAKER; SIXTH IN JACKSON 100

(September 26, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) invaded the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana from September 23-25 for a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns. On Thursday night in the rescheduled 'Indiana Icebreaker' from March, Hudson started the 50-lap main event from the outside of the fifth row. Hudson then streaked past six competitors during the contest to finish fourth in the final rundown behind only $15,000 victor Brandon Sheppard, Steve Casebolt, and Devin Moran!

At the 1/4-mile, semi-banked oval on Friday evening, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs in the 'Night Before the Jackson 100.' Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action, but was involved in an early scrape with eventual winner Tyler Erb and ultimately was placed fifteenth in the final finishing order of the 40-lapper. On Saturday at Brownstown, a $20,000 payday was on the line in the 42nd Annual 'Jackson 100.' Hudson placed second in his loaded heat race and started fifth on the grid in the 100-lap headliner before winding up sixth at the checkers behind only race winner Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Tanner English, Earl Pearson, Jr., and Mike Marlar. The Martinsville, Indiana standout still sits second in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings heading into October. Full results from all three races can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

HUDSON O'NEAL CLIMBS TO SEVENTH AT KNOXVILLE

(September 19, 2021) Next up on the racing calendar for the #71 team was a visit to the historic Knoxville Raceway from September 16-18 for the 17th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel extravaganza at the Knoxville, Iowa speedplant started with a pair of preliminary programs - each of which boasted a $7,000 winner's check. In the opener on Thursday night, Hudson O'Neal won his heat race, but was unfortunately involved in a grinding wreck on lap 23 of the feature event and was officially paid for a twenty-first place effort. After a long night of work and repairs, Hudson placed fourth in his heat race on Friday evening prior to winning his B-Main and advancing up to eighth in the 25-lap sprint.

At the 1/2-mile oval on Saturday, all eyes were focused on the conclusion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie, as a whopping $50,000 paycheck was up for grabs. By virtue of racking up the eleventh highest point total in preliminary action, Hudson rolled off from the inside of the sixth row for start of the 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The Martinsville, Indiana star, who now finds himself second in the latest LOLMDS point standings, advanced past four competitors during the century-long grind en route to a solid seventh place performance. Complete results from Knoxville Raceway can be accessed online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.

O'NEAL BLASTS TO TOP FIVE IN 51ST ANNUAL WORLD 100!

(September 12, 2021) The Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team found themselves in the pit area at the famed Eldora Speedway from September 8-11 to compete in double 'World 100s,' which kicked off on Wednesday evening at the storied Rossburg, Ohio facility with a pair of Twin 25 prelims for the 51st edition of the "Granddaddy of Them All." Hudson O'Neal won his heat race and later moved up six positions in his $10,000 to win opener to claim a solid fourth place effort behind only victor Tim McCreadie, Shannon Babb, and Darrell Lanigan. In Thursday's annual 'World 100,' which boasted a $54,000 top prize, Hudson unfortunately got into the wall during his heat race, received a high point provisional to gain access into the 100-lap headliner, and eventually blasted past sixteen competitors to capture another fourth place performance behind only race winner Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, and Dale McDowell!

Another pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25s then started the 50th Annual 'World 100' on Friday night at the "Big E." Hudson grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his heat race and later rallied past seven racecars during his 25-lap sprint to notch a solid sixth place showing. All eyes on Saturday were then fixated on the second 'World 100' of the week, which shelled out a $53,000 winner's check. The Martinsville, Indiana star was unfortunately collected in a heat race wreck while battling for a coveted transfer position and was not able to compete in the night's 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza that was ultimately won by Jonathan Davenport. Complete results from the entire week in the Buckeye State can be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

HUDSON O'NEAL SIXTH AT PRP; RUNNER-UP AT ELDORA!

(September 6, 2021) The Labor Day holiday weekend took the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team to a pair of high-profile races in the Buckeye State of Ohio. Up first was a visit to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday evening, September 4 for the annual running of the 'River Days Rumble,' which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and shelled out $15,000 to the winner. Hudson O'Neal, who sits third in the current national series point standings, placed fourth in his loaded heat race before moving past eight competitors en route to a solid sixth place effort in the 50-lap headliner.

The doubleheader then concluded on Sunday night, September 5 at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as a $5,000 top prize was on the line in the annual 'Baltes Classic.' Debuting a special paint scheme for the upcoming 'World 100,' Hudson finished third in his heat race prior to passing seven racecars during the attrition-filled, 30-lap sprint. The Martinsville, Indiana ace stayed out of trouble and brought home an impressive runner-up performance on his birthday behind only race winner Spencer Hughes! Complete results from both holiday weekend races can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com and www.eldoraspeedway.com.

O'NEAL WINS PORT ROYAL OPENER FOR $10,000 PAYDAY!

(August 29, 2021) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took the #71 team to Port Royal Speedway from August 26-28 for the three-day 'Rumble by the River,' which kicked off on Thursday night with a $10,000 to win shootout. Hudson O'Neal started off the weekend on a winning note by capturing his tenth victory of the 2021 season. Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action and later passed Jonathan Davenport on the second circuit in the feature to grab the point. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then led the remainder of the 30-lap contest to nab the five-figure payday ahead of Davenport, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Shane Clanton, and Tim McCreadie!

At Port Royal on Friday evening, a $12,000 top prize was up for grabs and Hudson started off his night by finishing second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in the 40-lapper, Hudson quickly moved up to third in the running order, but unfortunately wore his equipment out in doing so. At the checkers, the "New Deal" found himself in the fifth finishing position behind only race winner Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb, and Shane Clanton.

A whopping $30,000 top prize was then scheduled to be on the line on Saturday at the Port Royal, Pennsylvania speed palace. Unfortunately, heavy rain showers during the late afternoon washed out the 'Rumble by the River' grand finale. Hudson still finds himself third in the latest version of the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting the Keystone State. Complete results from Port Royal can be viewed online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

HUDSON O'NEAL BAGS $40,000 FOR TOPLESS TRIUMPH!!!

(August 22, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team racked up their ninth feature win of the 2021 campaign and their second crown jewel triumph on Saturday night, August 21 in the 29th Annual 'Topless 100' at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas! Hudson, who started sixth on the feature grid after winning his heat race and finishing sixth in Friday's $5,000 to win prelim, immediately pointed his #71 machine towards the front in the 100-lap roofless, crown jewel headliner. The young Martinsville, Indiana star then blasted past leader Jimmy Owens on the 39th circuit to grab the point and never looked back.

Although Hudson led the final 61 laps around the Batesville-area oval, his first 'Topless 100' title was not easy to come by. The popular driver known as "The New Deal" fought off a pair of last lap slidejobs by Jonathan Davenport to beat the three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion to the checkered flag by a mere 0.116 seconds. Hudson recorded the hefty $40,000 top prize by besting a stellar top five that included Davenport, Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, and Jimmy Owens! He still finds himself third in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the exciting 'Topless 100' victory. Complete results from the Batesville biggie can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

O'NEAL GETS TOP TEN IN NORTH/SOUTH SHOOTOUT

(August 15, 2021) The #71 team was in the pit area at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky from August 12-14, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided over the annual running of the 'North/South 100.' Things started at the Cincinnati-area venue on Thursday with a tune-up event dubbed as the 'North/South Shootout.' Hudson O'Neal ran third in his heat race and later rolled off from the outside of the sixth row in the $10,000 to win main event. Hudson then moved past four competitors during the course of the 50-lap contest to land in the eighth finishing position.

On Friday night at Florence Speedway, double heat races were held to help determine the starting lineup for the 38th Annual 'North/South 100.' Hudson advanced up to third in his first heat race of the evening, while he secured a victory in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the fourth most passing points during the heat races, the Martinsville, Indiana ace started Saturday's $50,000 to win crown jewel headliner from the outside of the second row. Unfortunately, Hudson slowed to draw a lap 80 caution flag and ultimately wound up thirteenth in the final rundown of the 100-lap affair. Complete results from the action-packed weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

HUDSON O'NEAL POCKETS $10,000 AT BROWNSTOWN!

(August 8, 2021) Martinsville, Indiana star Hudson O'Neal picked up his eighth feature win of the 2021 campaign on Saturday evening, August 7 at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana! After earning Fast Time honors during Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series qualifying and securing a heat race triumph, Hudson rolled off in the annual 'Hall of Fame Classic' from the pole position. He then took the lead at the drop of the green flag and held the point for all fifty circuits en route to recording the $10,000 payday ahead of Scott James, Devin Gilpin, Darrell Lanigan, and Joe Godsey!

On Friday night, August 6, the #71 team was in the pit area at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky for a similar $10,000 to win throwdown dubbed as the 'Pete Abell Memorial.' Hudson qualified well and once again scored a heat race win to claim the pole position for the 50-lap main event. The popular young driver known as the "New Deal" then led the first 27 laps at Ponderosa before finishing a very close runner-up - a mere 0.107 seconds behind only victor Mike Marlar! Full results from the strong weekend for the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team can be accessed online at www.imdirt.net. (Mark Schaefer Photo)

O'NEAL CLAIMS TWO WINS IN IOWA & ILLINOIS!

(August 1, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) elevated their 2021 win total to seven with a pair of special event wins from July 27-31 in the states of Iowa and Illinois! On Tuesday night on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, Hudson timed in sixth fastest in MARS Racing Series qualifying before running second in his loaded heat race. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then rolled off starting sixth in the 'Hoker 50' before streaking to the lead on lap 25. Hudson then held the point for the second half of the contest and survived a late caution to barely beat Brandon Overton to the checkers to claim the $10,000 payday!

The #71 team then headed to Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois to vie for the $50,000 windfall in the 31st edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' On Friday evening, Hudson clicked off the second fastest lap in Group B during the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series time trial session prior to leading all 25 circuits in his qualifying feature to bag the $3,000 top prize ahead of Jimmy Owens, Chase Junghans, Mckay Wenger, and Gordy Gundaker. After drawing the outside of the front row for Saturday's 100-lap PDC headliner, Hudson ran into troubles early in the race, pitted on lap 27, and later retired early to finish twenty-ninth in the final rundown. Complete results from both Davenport and FALS can be located online at www.marsracingseries.com and www.woolms.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

 

 

 

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