HUDSON O'NEAL & SSI MOTORSPORTS
RELEASE EARLY '19 SCHEDULE
15, 2018) Several months into his rehab from season-ending
shoulder surgery, Hudson O'Neal released his 2019 season plans
today at www.HudsonOneal.com. Hudson and the SSI Motorsports team
will once again tackle the entire Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
schedule, as the 2017 series Rookie of the Year will vie for the
Championship. Before the Lucas Oil campaign kicks off on February
1-2 at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia, Hudson plans
to start his 2019 season from January 5-13 in the annual 'Wild
West Shootout' at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. The
six-race, unsanctioned mini-series will be capped off with a $14,000
to win finale on Sunday, January 13. You can view the latest schedule
plans for "The New Deal" by clicking on the SCHEDULE
page of the website!!! (Todd Healy Photo)
ON VERGE OF SURGERY; HUDSON O'NEAL
SHINES AT FLORENCE!
12, 2018) Hudson O'Neal and SSI Motorsports spent August
8-11 at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, as
the Cincinnati-area speedplant played host to a lucrative four-day
stretch of racing action sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series. In Wednesday's annual 'Ralph Latham Memorial,' Hudson
won his heat race in preliminary action and later took the lead
on lap six of the rain-shortened feature event. The Martinsville,
Indiana rising star then led the remainder of the 25-lap distance
to pocket the $12,000 payday ahead of Tyler Erb, Gregg Satterlee,
Bobby Pierce, and Josh Richards! On Thursday night in the 'North/South
Shootout,' which paid $10,000 to the winner, Hudson won his heat
race once again before slipping back to eighth in the caution-free
At Florence on Friday evening, a double set of heat races with
combined passing points were held to help set the lineups for
Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100.' Hudson picked up
a victory in his first heat race of the night prior to steering
up to second in his final prelim. By virtue of accumulating the
most passing points, the "New Deal" earned the rights
to the pole position for the start of Saturday's 100-lap crown
jewel main event. Hudson, who was competing in his final race
of 2018 due to impending shoulder surgery, then led the first
seven circuits of the 'North/South 100 before retaking the point
from Ricky Weiss on the 89th circuit. He eventually wound up third
and on the podium in his season finale behind only victor Weiss
and runner-up Tim McCreadie! Complete results from the long week
at Florence Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL FOURTH IN USA NATIONALS
OPENER AT CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY!
5, 2018) As the calendar turned to the month of August,
the #71 team found themselves near the Minnesota / Wisconsin border
at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
on August 2-4 for the 31st Annual 'USA Nationals,' which was sanctioned
once again by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.
The extended weekend kicked off on Thursday evening with a $6,000
to win preliminary program. Hudson O'Neal timed in fifth fastest
in Group A during qualifying before placing third in his stacked
heat race. After starting ninth on the grid in the 40-lap feature
event, Hudson streaked all the way up to third in the running
order before settling for a strong fourth place performance behind
only victor Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, and Devin Moran!
At CLS on Friday night, a double set of heat races with passing
points were held to help set the lineups for Saturday's grand
finale, which once again boasted a $50,000 winner's check. Hudson
placed third in his first heat race of the evening, while he finished
sixth in his final prelim. On Saturday, the Martinsville, Indiana
standout unfortunately hit the wall in his B-Main and was unable
to make the start in the 100-lap 'USA Nationals' that was eventually
won by Brandon Sheppard. Full results from the 'USA Nationals'
weekend can be found online by visiting www.woolms.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL TO HAVE SEASON ENDING
SURGERY ON AUGUST 15
1, 2018) As some might know, Hudson O'Neal has been having
serious shoulder difficulties as of late. Finally deciding to
see a specialist, the doctor decided the best path to take is
surgery. It is far from Hudson's desired outcome, but unfortunately
surgery is the best action to take given the circumstances. After
Cedar Lake this weekend, his last race of 2018 will be the 'North/South
100' at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. Hudson will be out
for the remainder of the '18 season following the surgery, which
will take place on August 15.
Recovery from the shoulder surgery is estimated to be 4-5 months
long. Hudson would like to thank the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series, SSI Motorsports, sponsors, and all of his amazing fans.
Hudson will return to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series full-time
in 2019 with SSI Motorsports. He would like to thank everyone
for all of the great support this year and he looks forward to
getting this little bump in the road out of the way prior to the
2019 season!!! (Josh James Artwork)
HUDSON O'NEAL FINISHES SEVENTH
IN PDC QUALIFYING FEATURE
29, 2018) The 29th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic'
took center stage over the July 27-28 weekend at Fairbury American
Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night,
Hudson O'Neal clicked off the eleventh fastest lap in Group A
during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying
before claiming a seventh place effort in his $2,500 to win qualifying
feature. Hudson was then leading his B-Main on Saturday evening
before he tangled with a lapped car and eventually wound up eighth
in the consolation race. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster was
unfortunately not able to transfer into the $30,000 to win 'Prairie
Dirt Classic' that was won by Devin Moran. Full results from the
action-packed weekend at FALS can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
HECTIC WEEK IN SOUTH DAKOTA, MINNESOTA,
21, 2018) The 'Silver Dollar Nationals' wrapped up tonight
at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and all eyes were solely
fixated on the whopping $53,000 payday that was on the line in
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie. Hudson O'Neal was
strong throughout the 80-lap feature event after starting third
on the grid, as he raced all over the top five throughout much
of the extra-distance affair. At the checkers, Hudson found himself
in the fourth spot to finish behind only victor Jonathan Davenport,
Ricky Weiss, and Jimmy Owens!
(July 20, 2018) Preliminary action for the 8th
Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals' took place earlier tonight at
I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska with two rounds of heat races
providing passing points that set the lineups for Saturday's main
event. Hudson O'Neal won his first heat race of the evening over
Earl Pearson, Jr., Mason Zeigler, and Brandon Sheppard before
finishing third in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the
third most combined passing points during heat race action, Hudson
will roll off from the inside of the second row in tomorrow night's
$53,000 to win headliner!!!
(July 19, 2018) A trip to I-80 Speedway was
next for Hudson O'Neal, as the first night of the huge racing
weekend leading into the 'Silver Dollar Nationals' took place
tonight in Greenwood, Nebraska. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series sanctioned the 'Malvern Bank Go 50' and all eyes were fixated
on the $10,000 paycheck. Hudson clicked off the fourth quickest
lap in Group B during qualifying and later ran second in heat
race action. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster then advanced
up into the top five during the 50-lap shootout before slipping
back to sixth at the checkers behind only victor Jonathan Davenport,
Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson, and Darrell
(July 18, 2018) Another $10,000 top prize was
up for grabs for SSI Motorsports tonight in a first-ever visit
to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota. The pristine Gopher
State facility played host to its first Super Late Model race
since 1988 and 24 competitors signed into the pit area for the
'Sturdevant's Auto Parts 50.' Hudson O'Neal logged the ninth fastest
lap overall during time trials prior to grabbing the fifth transfer
spot through his loaded heat race. Unfortunately, Hudson was then
involved in a first lap pileup and retired from the 50-lap main
event in the twenty-third position.
(July 17, 2018) A very busy week on the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series calendar started tonight at Brown County
Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The 2nd Annual 'Bullet Sportswear
Shootout' took place and the #71 team vied for the $10,000 winner's
check in the Tuesday night special. Hudson O'Neal timed in fifteenth
quickest overall during qualifying before placing fifth in heat
race action. After starting fifteenth on the grid in the 50-lapper,
Hudson blasted up to as high as third in the action-packed event
before settling for a solid sixth place feature showing behind
only winner Earl Pearson, Jr., Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce, Ricky
Weiss, and father Don O'Neal.
HUDSON O'NEAL KNOCKS DOWN PAIR
OF TOP TENS IN MIDWEST
15, 2018) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took the
SSI Motorsports team to a pair of venues in the states of Illinois
and Missouri over the July 13-14 weekend for two $12,000 to win
throwdowns. On Friday evening in the 'NAPA Know How 50' at Tri-City
Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Hudson O'Neal ran fourth in
his loaded heat race prior to claiming a solid tenth place effort
in the 50-lap headliner. At Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri
on Saturday night in the annual 'Diamond Nationals,' Hudson suffered
problems in preliminary action, took a provisional to gain access
into the 50-lapper, and later blasted all the way up to tenth
in the final finishing order of the feature. He still sits eighth
in the current version of the LOLMDS point standings. Complete
results from both weekend battles can be located by pointing your
Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL BATTLES LUCAS STARS AT CHEROKEE
8, 2018) A Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader
in the Southeast was planned for the #71 team from July 5-7, but
with a pair of rain-outs at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville,
North Carolina and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee,
Hudson O'Neal entered one lone showdown at Cherokee Speedway in
Gaffney, South Carolina on Friday evening. The 20th edition of
the 'Grassy Smith Memorial' was held at the legendary speedplant
and 30 entrants were on hand to vie for the $12,000 winner's check.
Hudson laid down the fastest lap in Group B during qualifying
prior to picking up the win in his loaded heat race. After leading
lap one of the 50-lap headliner, Hudson was eventually caught
up in a lap 37 tangle that resulted in him retiring in the twentieth
position. The Martinsville, Indiana standout currently sits eighth
in the latest version of the heated LOLMDS point standings following
the rainy weekend. Full results can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HECTIC FOUR RACE STRETCH WITH LUCAS
OIL SERIES IN OHIO
3, 2018) The hectic stretch of racing leading up to the
4th of July holiday wrapped up tonight at Muskingum County Speedway
in Zanesville, Ohio, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided
over another $12,000 to win throwdown. In front of a huge crowd
at MCS, Hudson O'Neal knocked down the second fastest lap in Group
B during qualifying before placing second in heat race action.
After starting eighth on the grid in the 50-lap feature event,
Hudson stormed past a trio of competitors to claim a strong fifth
place effort behind only victor Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan,
Jonathan Davenport, and Josh Richards!
(July 2, 2018) The third round of Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series action in the Buckeye State took the #71
team to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio tonight for the annual
running of the 'Steel Valley 50.' Hudson O'Neal was forced to
go to a backup car following qualifying and later finished seventh
in his loaded heat race. Following a B-Main triumph, Hudson advanced
four positions during the $12,000 to win main event to place fifteenth
in the final finishing order of the caution-free affair.
(July 1, 2018) Another $12,000 top prize was
on the line for the cars and stars racing with the Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series tonight at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield,
Ohio. Hudson O'Neal was one of 35 entrants at the pristine facility
to compete in the 2nd Annual 'Freedom 50.' Hudson clicked off
the fastest lap overall during the qualifying session to earn
Fast Time honors before running second in heat race action. The
Martinsville, Indiana youngster then started fifth on the grid
in the 50-lap headliner and eventually finished right where he
started... in the fifth spot behind only victor and father Don
O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and Earl Pearson, Jr.!
(June 30, 2018) The opening leg of a four-race
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series stretch in the Buckeye State
of Ohio kicked off tonight on the banks of the Ohio River at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. A strong field of 38 competitors
signed into PRP to vie for the $12,000 top prize in the annual
running of the 'Independence 50.' Hudson O'Neal unfortunately
dropped a driveshaft during qualifying, but later rebounded to
grab the fourth transfer spot through his heat race. The "New
Deal" then picked off seven competitors during the 50-lapper
to bag a solid seventh place feature performance.
HUDSON O'NEAL RECORDS FIRST LUCAS
OIL SERIES TRIUMPH!!!
17, 2018) The "New Deal" Hudson O'Neal landed
his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph over
the June 15-16 weekend in the annual 'Clash at the Mag' at Magnolia
Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi! On Friday night, Hudson
stopped the clock twelfth quickest overall during the qualifying
session prior to advancing up to second in his loaded heat race.
After starting sixth on the grid in Saturday's 100-lap main event,
Hudson hung around the front of the stellar field throughout most
of the race before charging for the win late in the distance.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace took the lead from Josh Richards
on lap 93 and led the final eight circuits of the extra-distance
affair. Hudson beat Bobby Pierce, Josh Richards, Scott Bloomquist,
and Tim McCreadie to the checkered flag to score the hefty $20,000
windfall! He now finds himself seventh in the latest version of
the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting the 'Clash at the Mag.'
Full results from Magnolia can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL NABS TOP FIVES IN DIRT LATE
MODEL DREAM PRELIMS!!!
10, 2018) Following their first triumph of 2018, the
#71 SSI Motorsports team headed to the famed Eldora Speedway in
Rossburg, Ohio from June 7-9 for the annual running of the 'Dirt
Late Model Dream.' With Thursday's preliminary show wiped out
due to rain, both prelims were held throughout the day on Friday.
In Friday afternoon's $5,000 to win contest, Hudson O'Neal placed
second in his heat race and fifth in the 25-lap headliner, while
he ran third in his heat race and fourth in the $10,000 to win
program later that evening. At Eldora in the grand finale on Saturday
night, Hudson finished sixth in his loaded heat race, third in
his B-Main, and twenty-fourth in the final rundown of the 100-lap
'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which once again boasted a whopping $100,000
payday. Complete results from the soggy weekend at the "Big
E" can be accessed by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL GRABS $3,000 PAYDAY
FOR FIRST TRIUMPH OF 2018!
3, 2018) Hudson O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana, claimed
his first feature win of the 2018 racing season on Saturday night,
June 2 at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana!
Hudson was dominant all evening long in Super Late Model action,
as he laid down the fastest lap overall during Ultimate Battle
of the Bluegrass Series qualifying, won his heat race, and led
all 31 laps in the 'Johnny Wheeler Tribute.' Hudson beat Jason
Jameson, Devin Gilpin, Kent Robinson, and Chad Stapleton to the
checkered flag to score the $3,000 top prize. In Crate Late Model
action at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval, Hudson drove a #9 SSI
Motorsports entry to a fourth place heat race finish (after getting
knocked off the track on the final lap) and a seventh place effort
in the headliner. Full results from Brownstown Speedway can be
accessed online at www.brownstownspeedway.com.