HUDSON O'NEAL STORMS TO SEVENTH
IN FIRST KNOXVILLE NAT'LS!
17, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team had another crown
jewel event on their racing calendar from September 14-16 at Knoxville
Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
once again sanctioned the 14th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' A 56 car field assembled at the 1/2-mile Marion County
Fairgrounds speedplant and things kicked off with a pair of $7,000
to win preliminary events. On Thursday evening, Hudson O'Neal
placed second in his heat race, but later suffered nose damage
on his #71 machine in the 25-lap sprint and was relegated to nineteenth
in the final finishing order. At Knoxville on Friday night, Hudson
won his stacked heat race prior to starting and finishing fifteenth
in the 25-lapper.
By virtue of accumulating the twenty-second best point total
during the prelims, Hudson rolled off from the outside of the
eleventh row in Saturday's 100-lap grand finale. The Martinsville,
Indiana youngster enjoyed a fast racecar during his first 'Knoxville
Nationals,' as he climbed past fifteen competitors en route to
a solid seventh place showing in the $40,000 to win affair. Hudson
now finds himself ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
standings exiting the Hawkeye State. Full results from the 'Lucas
Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' weekend can be found by pointing
your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL UNVEILS THROWBACK SCHEME;
SITS ON POLE OF WORLD 100
10, 2017) Hudson O'Neal unloaded his potent Club 29 machine
- complete with a throwback paint scheme to his dad's 2000 Rayburn
car - at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September
7-9 for the 47th edition of the 'World 100.' The three-day crown
jewel extravaganza started with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary
programs with each feature winner receiving $10,000 for their
efforts. On Thursday night, Hudson placed fourth in his stacked
heat race and later blasted past nine competitors during the 25-lap
feature event en route to a solid ninth place performance. At
the "Big E" on Friday evening, Hudson knocked down the
sixth quickest lap of the 104 entrants during qualifying, won
his loaded heat race, and eventually brought home an impressive
fourth place showing in the 25-lapper behind only victor Darrell
Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, and Josh Richards!
When Saturday rolled around at the hallowed 1/2-mile speedplant,
all eyes on the #71 SSI Motorsports team were solely fixated on
the 'World 100,' which boasted a hefty $50,000 top prize. Hudson
beat Jimmy Mars and Frank Heckenast, Jr. to the checkers in the
sixth heat race to score the win and the pole position for the
100-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana rising star then
ran amongst the top five early in the 'World 100' before pitting
under a caution on lap 58. He returned to the track and was eventually
paid for an eighteenth place effort in his first-ever 'World 100'
feature start. Complete results from all three days of dirt-slinging
action at Eldora Speedway can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
THE NEW DEAL VICTORIOUS IN CRATE
4, 2017) "The New Deal" Hudson O'Neal bagged
his fourth feature win of the 2017 campaign on Saturday night,
September 2 at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown,
Indiana behind the wheel of Issac Rainey's Crate Late Model! Hudson
won his heat race in preliminary action at the 1/4-mile oval and
later led from flag-to-flag in the headliner to score the $800
top prize. On Sunday evening, September 3, the dirt-slinging action
quickly shifted to Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West
Virginia for the annual running of the 'Hillbilly Hundred,' which
boasted a hefty $25,000 windfall. Hudson timed in sixth fastest
in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying,
ran fourth in his heat race, and later wound up nineteenth in
the final finishing order of the 100-lapper. The Martinsville,
Indiana standout still sits tenth in the LOLMDS point standings
exiting Tyler County. Full results from both racetracks can be
accessed online at www.brownstownspeedway.com
O'NEAL LEADS IN MIDDLE OF WHISKEY
CITY 60; WINDS UP FIFTH!
27, 2017) A rare single-race weekend for the cars and
stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took the #71 team
to Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on Saturday
evening, August 26. The annual running of the 'Whiskey City 60'
drew a large contingent of fans to the Hoosier State facility
and 32 drivers were focused on the $12,000 payday. Hudson O'Neal
clicked off the second quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying
session prior to picking up an impressive heat race triumph. After
starting third, Hudson blasted by early leader Darrell Lanigan
to lead laps 26-29 before settling for a strong fifth place effort.
The young Martinsville, Indiana native trailed only winner Scott
Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, and Gregg Satterlee at
the checkers and leaves Lawrenceburg tenth in the latest version
of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the 'Whiskey
City 60' can be located by pointing your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL INVOLVED IN LATE
PILEUP IN TOPLESS 100...
21, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and the #71 team loaded up and
made the trek to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas
on August 18-20 for the 25th Annual 'Topless 100,' which was once
again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and boasted
a gigantic $40,000 top prize. The ultra-popular roof-less spectacular
attracted 41 competitors to the Razorback State and things got
underway with preliminary action on Friday night. Hudson tripped
the clock second quickest in Group A during the qualifying session
prior to running second in his stacked heat race. After Saturday's
portion of the crown jewel event was pushed back to Sunday afternoon,
Hudson started the 100-lap grind from the inside of the fourth
row. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then had a strong run going
in the daytime affair until he took a hard hit in a lap 90 pile-up,
which relegated him to a disappointing twenty-second place performance.
Full results from this year's version of the 'Topless 100' can
be found by pointing your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL FOURTH IN NORTH/SOUTH SHOOTOUT;
TENTH IN 100-LAPPER!
13, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team returned to the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on August 10-12 at Florence Speedway
in Union, Kentucky. The three-day weekend at the Cincinnati-area
facility started on Thursday night with the 'North/South Shootout,'
which paid $10,000 to the winner. Hudson O'Neal knocked down the
quickest lap overall of the 67 competitors during qualifying to
earn Fast Time honors and later won his loaded heat race. After
starting the 50-lap feature from the pole position, Hudson was
a fixture up front throughout the caution-free race and contended
for the win late before settling for an impressive fourth place
showing behind only victor Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, and Tim
On Friday evening, preliminary action for the 35th edition of
the 'North/South 100' got underway at the undersized 1/2-mile
oval with a double set of qualifying heat races. Hudson ran fourth
in his first heat race of the night, while he finished second
in his final prelim. After racking up the eighth most passing
points in doing so, Hudson started Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South
100' from the outside of the fourth row. The "New Deal"
then raced inside of the top ten throughout the 100-lap grind
and eventually netted a respectable tenth place effort. He is
now up to ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings
and is leading the Rookie of the Year chase! Complete results
from the crown jewel extravaganza can be accessed by pointing
your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL POCKETS $3,000 FOR
WINNING PETE ABELL MEMORIAL!
6, 2017) Hudson O'Neal parked his #71 Peak Antifreeze
& Motor Oil / SSI machine in victory lane for the second straight
weekend on Friday night, August 4 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction
City, Kentucky! Hudson ran second in his heat race and later started
the 'Pete Abell Memorial' from the outside of the third row. The
Martinsville, Indiana rising star then grabbed control of the
Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship Series-sanctioned feature
event on lap fifteen and controlled the field for the final fifteen
circuits to bag the $3,000 windfall over Michael Chilton, Tripp
Gerald, Brandon Kinzer, and Stephen Breeding!
A day later, the SSI Motorsports team rolled into the historic
Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday evening,
August 5 for another Iron-Man Championship showdown, which boasted
a $5,000 payday. Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action
and was battling up front early in the 40-lap headliner when he
was turned around and forced to restart from the tail of the field.
The "New Deal" then rallied back through the pack to
garner a strong fourth place effort behind only victor Tanner
English, John Whitney, and Jason Jameson! Complete results from
both venues can be accessed online at www.ponderosaspeedway.net
(Tim Coontz Photo)
O'NEAL POCKETS $2,500 FOR WINNING
PAUL CROCKETT MEMORIAL!
30, 2017) After criss-crossing the country the entire
season with the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series,
Hudson O'Neal picked up his first Super Late Model victory of
the 2017 campaign close to home on Saturday evening, July 29 at
the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. Hudson
laid down the quickest lap overall during the qualifying session
at the 1/4-mile, semi-banked venue to earn Fast Time honors and
later scored a triumph in his heat race. The driver known as "The
New Deal" then controlled the annual 'Paul Crockett Memorial'
from his third starting spot to bag the $2,500 payday ahead of
Devin Gilpin, Marty O'Neal, Chad Stapleton, and Adam Bowman! Full
results from the unsanctioned event, which closed out the Jackson
County Fair at the storied fairgrounds oval, can be located online
by clicking on www.brownstownspeedway.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL IMPRESSES IN FIRST
TRIP TO MIGHTY MACON!
26, 2017) A hectic stretch for the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series across the Midwest wrapped up on Tuesday night, July
25 in the $12,000 to win 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100' at the tiny
Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. A stout field of 25 competitors
signed into the pit area at the 1/5-mile oval. Hudson O'Neal tripped
the clock third quickest overall during the qualifying session
prior to picking up an impressive heat race triumph. After starting
the 100-lap grind from the inside of the second row, Hudson hung
around the front of the field in his first visit to Mighty Macon
and eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the sixth position.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace trailed only feature winner Josh
Richards, Shannon Babb, Darrell Lanigan, Jason Feger, and Jimmy
Owens. Full results from last night in the Land of Lincoln can
be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL VAULTS TO THIRD; FINISHES
NINTH IN SILVER DOLLAR NAT'LS!
23, 2017) Following the mid-week special in South Dakota,
the #71 team crossed through the pit gate at I-80 Speedway in
Greenwood, Nebraska on July 21-22 for the 7th edition of the 'Silver
Dollar Nationals.' The two-day Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
spectacular, which paid a record high $53,000 to the winner, started
on Friday night with two rounds of qualifying heat races. Hudson
O'Neal placed third in his first heat race of the evening and
fourth in his final prelim. After racking up the fourteenth most
passing points in doing so, Hudson rolled off from the outside
of the seventh row in Saturday's 80-lap 'Silver Dollar Nationals.'
The Martinsville, Indiana rising star then blasted all the way
up to third in the running order before slipping back in the waning
circuits to land in the ninth finishing position. Hudson still
sits eleventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings
exiting the Cornhusker State. Full results from I-80 Speedway
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL STORMS TO FOURTH
IN FIRST ABERDEEN VISIT!!!
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
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
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.
O'NEAL ON PODIUM WITH LOLMDS AT
MANSFIELD & ZANESVILLE!
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!
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
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!
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
O'NEAL DRIVES ISSAC RAINEY'S MACHINE
TO ILMS VICTORY!
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