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)
DIRTCAR NATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS
24, 2017) Following a pair of shows that fell victim
to Mother Nature, the dirt started flying again at Volusia Speedway
Park in Barberville, Florida tonight in the penultimate event
of the 46th Annual 'DIRTcar Nationals.' A $10,000 top prize was
up for grabs in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
special. Hudson O'Neal logged the eighteenth fastest lap in Group
B during time trials prior to finishing sixth in both his heat
race and his B-Main. Unfortunately, Hudson was unable to crack
the starting field for the 40-lap feature, which was eventually
shortened by heavy fog and won by Shane Clanton. The #71 team
has decided to forego tomorrow night's 'DIRTcar Nationals' finale
at VSP and their month-long "Speedweeks" journey is
(February 23, 2017) Back-to-back rain-outs
have stricken the annual 'DIRTcar Nationals,' as tonight's $10,000
to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tilt at Volusia
Speedway Park was nixed by inclement weather early in the afternoon.
The event will not be rescheduled and the rain-out leaves only
two races left during the 2017 version of the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
at the Barberville, Florida facility.
(February 22, 2017) The 'DIRTcar Nationals'
program scheduled for tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida was canceled after heavy rain hit the 1/2-mile oval in
the morning with more wet weather forecasted throughout the day.
The evening's $10,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Series-sanctioned throwdown
will not be rescheduled. Action will resume at VSP on Thursday
night with the first of three consecutive evenings of World of
Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competition.
(February 21, 2017) Another $7,000 payday was
on the line tonight at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park, as the UMP
DIRTcar Series presided over yet another 'DIRTcar Nationals' battle
at the Daytona Beach-area speedplant. "The New Deal"
Hudson O'Neal posted the eighth fastest time in his group during
qualifying before finishing eighth in his loaded heat race and
sixth in his B-Main. The Martinsville, Indiana standout was unfortunately
not able to advance into the 30-lapper, which was won by Brandon
(February 20, 2017) The 46th edition of the
six-race 'DIRTcar Nationals' started tonight at the ultra-fast
Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida with a $7,000 to
win UMP DIRTcar Series showdown. Hudson O'Neal laid down the seventh
quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session prior
to placing eighth in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main. Unfortunately,
Hudson was unable to crack the starting grid for the 30-lap feature
event, which was eventually won by Chris Madden.
HUDSON O'NEAL WINS HEAT RACE AT
BUBBA RACEWAY PARK
19, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion
of "Speedweeks 2017" concluded tonight with a $10,000
to win affair at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. The annual
running of the 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals' drew a stellar 44
car field to the 3/8-mile, D-shaped venue. Hudson O'Neal knocked
down the eighth quickest lap in Group B during qualifying prior
to scoring an impressive win in heat race action. After starting
the 50-lapper from the outside of the second row, Hudson had a
solid run going in the headliner before slowing to draw a lap
48 caution flag. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster was unfortunately
forced to settle for a nineteenth place performance tonight at
WINTERNATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS
FROM EAST BAY...
18, 2017) Tonight's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned
'Winternationals' finale at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, which
was scheduled to pay $12,000 to win, has been washed out and will
not be rescheduled.
(February 17, 2017) The penultimate event of
the 'Winternationals' took place earlier this evening at East
Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida. The points race for the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series paid $10,000 to the winner and
drew a stout 42 car field. Hudson O'Neal started his night by
posting the second quickest lap in Group A during qualifying and
later placed second in his loaded heat race. After starting the
50-lapper from the inside of the fourth row, Hudson was in the
mix throughout the distance and was eventually paid for a solid
tenth place effort.
(February 16, 2017) The 41st edition of the
'Winternationals' soldiered on tonight at East Bay Raceway Park
in Gibsonton, Florida, as a $7,000 top prize was on the line for
the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Hudson
O'Neal qualified fourth quickest in Group A during time trials
before finishing third in heat race action. The Martinsville,
Indiana native was then well on his way to a top five effort in
the 45-lap main event, but was unfortunately caught up in an incident
and heavy front end damage to his #71 mount relegated him to a
disappointing twentieth place performance.
(February 15, 2017) Tonight's $7,000 to win
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series battle at East Bay Raceway Park
in Gibsonton, Florida has succumbed to Mother Nature and will
not be rescheduled. Heavy afternoon rains deluged the Tampa-area
and the track was not able to be worked into shape to host racing
action this evening.
(February 14, 2017) Another $5,000 windfall
greeted the competitors in round two of the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series portion of the 'Winternationals' tonight at East Bay
(FL) Raceway Park. Hudson O'Neal knocked down the second fastest
lap in Group B during qualifying prior to placing second in his
stacked heat race. Despite slowing to draw a lap two caution in
the 25-lapper, Hudson battled back to earn an impressive seventh
(February 13, 2017) The #71 team made their
way to East Bay Raceway Park for tonight's 41st Annual 'Winternationals'
opener at the Gibsonton, Florida facility. The Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series presided over the dirt-slinging action at the
"Clay by the Bay" and a $5,000 winner's check was up
for grabs. Hudson O'Neal timed in ninth quickest in Group A during
the qualifying session prior to running seventh in his loaded
heat race. After blasting all the way up to second in his B-Main,
Hudson picked off ten competitors during the 25-lap sprint to
secure a strong ninth place feature effort!
SUPER BOWL OF RACING NIGHTLY RESULTS
11, 2017) Night two of the 'Super Bowl of Racing' doubleheader
weekend at Golden Isles (GA) Speedway took center stage this evening
and a $12,000 top prize was on the line in the Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series extravaganza. Hudson O'Neal laid down the eighth
quickest time in Group A during qualifying and later grabbed the
second transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the
60-lapper from the inside of the fifth row, Hudson hung around
the top ten throughout the duration - eventually earning a solid
eleventh place performance.
(February 10, 2017) Things kicked off at Golden
Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia tonight, as the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series presided over night one of the annual 'Super
Bowl of Racing,' which boasted a $10,000 payday and drew a stout
field of 51 competitors. Hudson O'Neal timed in eleventh fastest
in Group B during the qualifying session prior to running seventh
in his heat race and eighth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, Hudson
was unable to make the start in the 50-lap headliner, which was
won by Brandon Overton.
CRATE WINTERNATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS
FROM EAST BAY...
4, 2017) The Crate Late Model portion of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida wrapped up tonight
with a $3,000 to win finale. By virtue of a top six point effort
from the first two shows at the "Clay by the Bay," Hudson
was locked into the 50-lap headliner. At the completion of the
race, the Martinsville, Indiana youngster was in the fifth finishing
position behind only race winner Mike Pegher, Jr., Keith Nosbisch,
Max Blair, and Mark Whitener!
(February 3, 2017) Night two of the 'Winternationals'
for the Crate Late Models took center stage tonight at East Bay
Raceway Park. Hudson O'Neal clicked off the fourth fastest time
in his group during qualifying prior to running fourth in his
loaded heat race. Following a triumph in his consolation event,
Hudson stormed past thirteen racecars during the 35-lapper and
crossed underneath the checkers in the sixth spot of the $2,500
to win race.
(February 2, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and his #71
team were in the pit area at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton,
Florida tonight for the Crate Late Model opener of the 41st Annual
'Winternationals.' Hudson laid down the third quickest time in
his group during qualifying and later ran second in heat race
action. After starting the $2,000 to win main event from the inside
of the sixth row, the driver known as "The New Deal"
blasted through the pack in the 30-lap main event. At the checkers,
Hudson had blitzed past seven competitors en route to a strong
fourth place showing behind only victor Mike Pegher, Jr., Logan
Roberson, and Doug Horton!
BUBBA ARMY WINTER NATIONALS NIGHTLY
RESULTS FROM OCALA...
29, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team returned to Bubba
Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida tonight for the 'Chevrolet Performance
World Championship' finale, which paid $10,000 to the winner.
Hudson O'Neal qualified second quickest in his group during the
NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series qualifying session prior
to picking up the victory in his loaded heat race. After starting
the 100-lap grind from the outside of the second row, Hudson slipped
back a few spots during the course of the race before making a
late charge. The Martinsville, Indiana ace eventually made it
back up to the fifth finishing position and trailed only victor
Kyle Bronson, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Pegher, Jr., and Tyler Clem
at the checkers!
(January 28, 2017) Evening rains tonight at
Bubba Raceway Park postponed the $10,000 to win 'Chevrolet Performance
World Championship' until Sunday afternoon. The 100-lap, extra-distance
affair tomorrow at the Ocala, Florida facility will cap off the
annual 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals' for the NeSmith Chevrolet
Dirt Late Model Series.
(January 27, 2017) Round two of the 'Bubba
Army Winter Nationals' was held earlier tonight at Bubba Raceway
Park in Ocala, Florida and another $2,000 payday was up for grabs
for the cars and stars racing with the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt
Late Model Series. Hudson O'Neal laid down the sixteenth quickest
time in Group B during qualifying and later advanced up to fourth
in his consolation race. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster then
started the 40-lapper from the inside of the ninth row before
eventually winding up being paid for fourteenth at the pay window.
(January 26, 2017) The 2017 campaign officially
kicked off today for the #71 team in night one of the 'Bubba Army
Winter Nationals' at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. The
NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series sanctioned the Crate
Late Model special and a $2,000 winner's check was on the line.
Hudson O'Neal posted the eighth fastest lap in Group B during
the qualifying session prior to grabbing the sixth transfer spot
through his B-Main. After starting the 40-lap feature event from
the outside of the eleventh row, Hudson rallied past sixteen competitors
during the headliner to place sixth in the final finishing order
behind only winner Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Jamie Perry,
Ronnie Johnson, and Mike Pegher, Jr.!