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.

O'NEAL COMPETES IN THAW BRAWL OPENER; SEES RAIN ON SATURDAY
(March 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)

 

 

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