CAUGHT UP IN WHEATLAND WRECK...
18, 2021) Following a flurry of recent rain-outs, the
#71 team returned to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action in
the annual running of the 'CMH Diamond Nationals' at the state-of-the-art
Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night, July 17. The Wheatland,
Missouri oval drew 34 competitors - all of whom were vying for
the $15,000 payday. Hudson O'Neal ran second in his heat race
and later started the 50-lap main event from the outside of the
fourth row. The Martinsville, Indiana ace was then battling hard
for a top five showing until he was unfortunately swept up in
a lap 28 incident. Hudson, who still sits third in the latest
version of the LOLMDS point standings, was dropped to nineteenth
in the final finishing order at Wheatland. Complete results from
last night can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL NABS TOP TEN AT ZANESVILLE
4, 2021) After seeing nothing but rain last weekend at
Deer Creek (MN) Speedway, Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports
(DDM) followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour to the
Buckeye State on July 2-3 for a holiday weekend doubleheader.
On Friday night in the $12,000 to win 'Independence 50' at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hudson unfortunately suffered
a flat right rear tire during his heat race before salvaging a
fourteenth place showing in the 50-lap headliner.
At Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio
on Saturday evening in the $15,000 to win 'Prime Solutions 50,'
Hudson placed third in his stacked heat race before advancing
to eighth in the 50-lapper. The Martinsville, Indiana ace now
sits third in the latest version of the heated LOLMDS point standings
exiting the Independence Day weekend double-dip. Full results
from both races can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
BAGS $5,000 FOR IRON-MAN CLASSIC WIN!
20, 2021) Hudson O'Neal recorded his fifth feature victory
of the 2021 racing season on Saturday, June 19 at Smoky Mountain
Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee! Hudson stopped the clock second
fastest in Group A during Iron-Man Late Model Series qualifying
to earn the inside of the second row for the start of the 40-lap
'Iron-Man Classic.' The Martinsville, Indiana ace then drove to
the lead past Spencer Hughes on a lap 13 restart and held the
point throughout the remainder of the feature distance to bag
the $5,000 winner's check ahead of a top five consisting of Hughes,
Dakotah Knuckles, Zack Mitchell, and Cory Hedgecock!
Earlier in the weekend, the #71 DDM team was in
the pit area at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi
for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns that
made up the annual 'Clash at the Mag.' Hudson was unfortunately
involved in a heat race wreck on Thursday evening in the opener
and was forced to scratch from the remainder of the $5,000 to
win prelim. At Magnolia on Friday night in the $12,000 to win
finale, Hudson finished sixth in his stacked heat race and won
his B-Main prior to moving past nine competitors during the 50-lap
headliner. At the checkers, the "New Deal" found himself
in the ninth finishing position and still sits second in the latest
version of the LOLMDS point battle. Complete results from the
hectic weekend can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com
O'NEAL RALLIES TO TENTH IN DREAM
13, 2021) A very lucrative week at Eldora Speedway took
place from June 9-12, as a pair of 'Dirt Late Model Dreams' were
held at the storied Rossburg, Ohio oval. On Wednesday evening
in his Twin 25 preliminary program, Hudson O'Neal placed sixth
in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-fourth in his
$10,000 to win feature. At the "Big E" on Thursday,
Hudson ran fifth in his heat race and second in his B-Main to
earn the twenty-third starting spot in the $127,000 to win headliner.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace then rallied past thirteen competitors
during the 100-lap contest to land in the tenth finishing position.
The 26th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream' then took
center stage at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant over the
weekend. In Friday's $10,000 to win Twin 25, Hudson unfortunately
broke a rear-end during his heat race and the team was not able
to make repairs in time for the B-Main. Due to the mechanical
troubles, Hudson not only missed out on his 25-lap main event,
but the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team also opted to scratch
from Saturday's $126,000 to win grand finale. Full results from
all four days of racing action at Eldora Speedway can be located
online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
TENTH IN SCOTT SEXTON MEMORIAL
1, 2021) Fresh off his huge 'Show-Me 100' triumph, Hudson
O'Neal was back in action on Monday, May 31 in the 9th Annual
'Scott Sexton Memorial' at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee.
The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series presided over the
single-day throwdown at the Volunteer State oval and a $10,052
payday was on the line. Hudson posted the tenth quickest time
in Group B during the qualifying session before finishing fourth
in his stacked heat race. Following a B-Main victory, Hudson drove
past four competitors during the 52-lap main event to leave 411
with a steady tenth place performance. Complete results from last
night's annual 'Scott Sexton Memorial' can be located online at
O'NEAL POCKETS $30,000 IN SHOW-ME 100 WIN!
30, 2021) Twenty-year-old sensation Hudson O'Neal claimed
his first crown jewel victory of his young racing career on Saturday
night, May 29 at the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland,
Missouri, as he joined his father Don O'Neal as a winner of the
prestigious 'Show-Me 100!' Hudson, who had earned the fifth most
points during preliminary action on Friday, started the 100-lap
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series headliner from the inside of
the third row. The Martinsville, Indiana ace was patient throughout
the extra-distance affair and eventually swept by leader Tim McCreadie
to nab the point on the 68th circuit. Hudson then went on to lead
the remainder of the 29th Annual 'Show-Me 100' to earn the emotional
win and the whopping $30,000 payday ahead of Brandon Sheppard,
Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, and Shane Clanton!
At Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday, the 'Show-Me 100'
kicked off with a pair of $6,000 to win preliminary programs.
In the first show of the day, which was pushed back to Friday
due to Thursday's rain showers, Hudson won his heat race prior
to advancing all the way up to second in the 45-lap 'Cowboy Classic'
to finish an impressive runner-up behind only victor Tim McCreadie.
In the wee hours of the night in the second event, the popular
young driver known as "The New Deal" ran fifth in his
loaded heat race and second in his B-Main before getting caught
up in a wreck during the 40-lapper that helped lead to a fourteenth
place showing. Complete results from all three Wheatland races,
including the 'Show-Me 100' triumph, can be accessed online at
FLAT; O'NEAL SIXTH AT RUGGED FARLEY
23, 2021) The Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team was
scheduled to be in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action on
May 21-22 at 300 Raceway in Farley, Iowa and 34 Raceway in West
Burlington, Iowa. On Friday night in the $12,000 to win 'Truck
Country 50' at Farley, Hudson O'Neal placed second in his heat
race and later started fifth on the grid in the 50-lap feature.
On the rugged Farley surface, Hudson was running third late in
the distance before a flat tire helped relegate the Martinsville,
Indiana ace to a sixth place showing.
The $15,000 to win program scheduled for 34 Raceway
on Saturday evening was unfortunately rained-out and rescheduled
for July 15. Hudson still sits second in the latest LOLMDS point
standings heading into the 'Show-Me 100' over the Memorial Day
holiday weekend. Complete results from Friday's stop to 300 Raceway
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
STEERS TO COMMANDING ELDORA VICTORY!
16, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and the #71 DDM team were victorious
for the third time in 2021 on Saturday evening, May 15 at the
hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio! Hudson posted the
tenth fastest lap in American Late Model Series (ALMS) qualifying
prior to securing a heat race triumph. After starting the 30-lap
sprint from the inside of the third row, Hudson blasted to the
lead on the tenth circuit and drove away from the talented field
to land the $5,000 top prize. The Martinsville, Indiana star bested
a top five that included runner-up Darrell Lanigan, Devin Moran,
Kyle Bronson, and Stormy Scott!
Earlier in the week, the team was in the pit area
at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Wednesday night
for a Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series battle. Hudson
laid down the fifth quickest time in Group A during the qualifying
session before slipping to fifth in his stacked heat race. He
then won his B-Main and later swept past a handful of competitors
during the $10,000 to win headliner to place twelfth in the final
finishing order. Complete results from both high-profile races
can be viewed online at www.floracing.com
(Tyler Carr Photo)
O'NEAL SEVENTH AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN
9, 2021) The next event for Double Down Motorsports (DDM)
came on Saturday, May 8 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville,
Tennessee. The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series rolled
into SMS last night to preside over the $10,053 to win 'Smoky
Mountain Spring Shootout,' which drew a strong 27 car Super Late
Model field. Hudson O'Neal laid down the fourth quickest lap in
Group B during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the third
transfer spot through his stacked heat race. Hudson then started
the 53-lap headliner from the outside of the sixth row and vaulted
up inside of the top ten to eventually land in the seventh finishing
position. Full results from the 'Smoky Mountain Spring Shootout'
can be viewed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.
FLEXES MUSCLE IN KENTUCKY DOUBLE-DIP!
2, 2021) Next up for the Double Down Motorsports (DDM)
team was a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series doubleheader on April
30-May 1 in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On Friday night in the
$12,000 to win 'John Bradshaw Memorial' at Ponderosa Speedway
in Junction City, Kentucky, Hudson O'Neal ran second in his heat
race prior to grabbing a strong fourth place performance in the
50-lapper behind only victor Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie,
and Mike Marlar.
At Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on Saturday
evening, a $15,000 top prize was up for grabs in the 35th edition
of the 'Ralph Latham Memorial.' Hudson once again finished second
in heat race action and later rolled off from the outside of the
third row in the 60-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana star
then streaked to the front, led laps 19-32 and 34-56, and eventually
placed an impressive runner-up after a slide-job-fest with race
winner Josh Rice! Hudson still sits second in the latest version
of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Florence Speedway. Complete
results from the double-dip can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.