O'NEAL CAPTURES FIRST
JACKSON 100 TITLE; POCKETS $15,000!!!
22, 2019) Hudson O'Neal picked up one of the biggest
wins of his young racing career on Saturday evening, September
21 in the 40th Annual 'Jackson 100' at the legendary Brownstown
Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana! Hudson clicked off the sixth
quickest time in Group B during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series qualifying session prior to scoring a victory in heat race
action. In front of the standing-room-only crowd at his home racetrack,
Hudson started the 100-lap main event from the outside of the
second row and raced all over the top five throughout the extra-distance
affair. The Martinsville, Indiana rising star eventually wrestled
away the top spot from Devin Moran on lap 71 and led the remainder
of the contest to pocket the $15,000 payday for his first 'Jackson
100' title ahead of Moran, Don O'Neal, Tim McCreadie, and Nick
A day earlier, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
took the #71 team to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana on Friday
for the inaugural series event at the historic Hoosier State facility.
Hudson once again secured a heat race triumph to earn the inside
of the second row for the start of the $12,000 to win headliner.
The "New Deal" put his Longhorn Chassis at the top of
the leader board on the eighth circuit and held the point up until
lap 46 when a broken rack had negatively effected the handling
of his ride. Hudson wound up fourth at the conclusion of the wild
50-lapper to place behind only victor Tyler Erb, Jimmy Owens,
and Don O'Neal. He still finds himself eighth in the latest version
of the LOLMDS point standings following the doubleheader weekend
in his home state of Indiana. Full results can be located online
HUDSON O'NEAL BLASTS
TO PODIUM FINISH IN KNOXVILLE NAT'LS!
15, 2019) The #71 team made the trek west to the Hawkeye
State of Iowa from September 12-14 for the 16th edition of the
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day crown
jewel event drew 55 competitors to the 1/2-mile, semi-banked Marion
County fairgrounds speedplant and action kicked off with a pair
of $7,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the
weekend lid lifter, Hudson O'Neal unfortunately missed out on
the 25-lap main event after finishing fourth in both his heat
race and his B-Main. At Knoxville on Friday evening in a similar
contest, Hudson placed third in heat race action prior to starting
and finishing tenth in the 25-lapper.
By virtue of racking up the sixteenth best point
night, Hudson earned the rights to the outside of the eighth row
for the start of the 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.'
Mired mid-pack through much of the first half of the distance,
Hudson pitted before the lap 50 fuel stop and promptly made a
charge through the talented field. The Martinsville, Indiana star
blasted up inside of the top five and eventually netted a hard
fought third place podium performance behind only $40,000 victor
Jimmy Owens and runner-up Brandon Sheppard. Hudson still finds
himself eighth in the latest version of the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series point standings. You can read more about each of the
three shows from Knoxville Raceway by pointing your web browser
O'NEAL KICKS OFF WORLD
100 WEEKEND WITH $10K VICTORY!
8, 2019) The "New Deal" Hudson O'Neal - celebrating
his nineteenth birthday - captured a $10,000 triumph on Thursday
evening, September 5 in his Twin 25 preliminary program for the
49th Annual 'World 100' at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio! Hudson posted the twenty-second quickest time in his group
during qualifying prior to securing a heat race victory. After
rolling off from the third starting spot at the drop of the green
flag in the 25-lap sprint, Hudson streaked to the lead on lap
10 and held off all challenges past that point to start his 'World
100' weekend on a winning note over Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie,
Shannon Babb, and Mason Zeigler!
On Friday night, September 6, a similar Twin 25
show was held and the #71 team was gunning for another $10,000
top prize. Hudson won his heat race and led early in his 25-lap
sprint, but was caught up in an incident running second and later
hit the wall - forcing the young Martinsville, Indiana standout
to retire with damage in the twentieth position. All eyes were
then fixed on the annual running of the 'World 100' on Saturday,
September 7 and a record crowd was on hand to watch the 98 car
field vie for the $52,000 winner's check and the famed globe trophy.
Hudson once again took the victory in his heat race, started the
100-lap crown jewel headliner from the outside of the third row,
and eventually placed eleventh in the final finishing order of
the sport's most prestigious race. Complete results from the entire
'World 100' weekend can be viewed online a www.eldoraspeedway.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL COMPETES
IN LABOR DAY TRIPLE SHOT
2, 2019) The #71 team headed to Ponderosa Speedway in
Junction City, Kentucky, Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth,
Ohio, and Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia
from August 30-September 1 for a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series throwdowns. On Friday night in the 'John Bradshaw
Memorial' at Ponderosa, Hudson O'Neal finished seventh in both
his heat race and his B-Main, unloaded a back-up car for the $12,000
to win feature event, and later streaked past twelve competitors
during the 50-lapper en route to a respectable eleventh place
In a similar $12,000 to win battle on Saturday at
PRP in the 'Bob Miller Memorial,' Hudson wound up in an incident
in his heat race to finish seventh, grabbed the fourth transfer
spot through the B-Main, and later placed sixteenth in the 50-lap
main event. On Sunday evening in the annual 'Hillbilly Hundred'
at Tyler County, Hudson relied on a series provisional to gain
access into the $30,000 to win headliner and was officially paid
for a twentieth place performance in the 100-lap mega-event. Complete
results from the Labor Day weekend triple shot can be viewed online
O'NEAL STEERS TO TOP
TEN IN LUCRATIVE DIRT MILLION
25, 2019) The 2nd Annual 'Dirt Million' took center stage
in the Dirt Late Model world from August 22-24, as the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series presided over the crown jewel spectacular
at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. A pair of $10,000
to win preliminary duels kicked off the three-day weekend in the
Buckeye State and Hudson O'Neal advanced to seventh in Thursday's
30-lap contest, while he charged past ten competitors during Friday
night's 30-lapper to land in the fifth spot behind only prelim
victor Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., and Brandon
Overton. The Martinsville, Indiana rising star then grabbed the
second transfer position through his heat race on Saturday evening
to secure the outside of the eighth row for the start of the 100-lap
'Dirt Million,' which carried a whopping $101,626 paycheck. Despite
the track taking rubber early in the distance, Hudson was able
to steer his #71 machine past seven cars en route to a strong
ninth place performance. Full results from throughout the 'Dirt
Million' weekend can be found online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL REBOUNDS
TO PLACE TENTH IN TOPLESS 100
18, 2019) Another crown jewel event was on tap from August
15-17, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided
over the 27th Annual 'Topless 100' at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The action at the Locust Grove, Arkansas facility kicked off with
a pair of $5,000 to win preliminary programs. In the roofless
opener on Thursday evening, Hudson O'Neal placed third in his
heat race prior to moving past five competitors during the 30-lap
feature to land in the seventh finishing position. At BMS on Friday
night, Hudson narrowly missed out on the 30-lapper after running
eighth in his stacked heat race and fifth in his B-Main.
After amassing the twelfth most points during the two prelims,
Hudson rolled off from the outside of the sixth row in Saturday's
100-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana ace was unfortunately
caught up in a first lap wreck, which effectively took him out
of contention for the $40,000 payday, but he battled back to salvage
a solid tenth place showing. Hudson still finds himself eighth
in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings after the
'Topless 100.' Full results from the long weekend in Batesville
can be located by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL A STERLING
RUNNER-UP IN NORTH/SOUH 100!!!
11, 2019) Following a couple of idle weekends on the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule, the popular national
touring series took the #71 team to Florence Speedway from August
8-10 for the 37th edition of the 'North/South 100.' The three-day
extended weekend in Union, Kentucky drew 53 entrants to the 1/2-mile
speedplant to do battle in the crown jewel extravaganza. On Thursday
night in the $10,000 to win 'North/South Shootout,' Hudson O'Neal
placed fourth in his stacked heat race and third in his B-Main,
which forced him to rely on an emergency provisional to gain access
into the 50-lap main event. After rolling off from the inside
of the thirteenth row in the weekend lid lifter, Hudson steered
his Longhorn mount past seventeen competitors en route to a solid
eighth place feature showing.
At Florence on Friday evening in the double set of qualifying
heat races, Hudson streaked to the win in his first heat race
before finishing fourth in his final prelim. By virtue of racking
up the fifth most passing points, the Martinsville, Indiana ace
earned the rights to the inside of the third row for the start
of Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100.' In front of a
sold out crowd in the 100-lap headliner, Hudson drove all the
way up to second in the contest and landed an impressive runner-up
effort behind only victor Chris Madden. The "New Deal"
still finds himself eighth in the latest LOLMDS point standings
exiting Florence. Full results from the entire weekend in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL TRANSFERS
INTO $30K PRAIRIE DIRT CLASSIC
28, 2019) Next up on the racing calendar for Hudson O'Neal
was a visit to Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois
on July 26-27 for the 30th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic,'
which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series. A total of 72 cars converged at FALS
over the weekend for the mega-event that boasted a $30,000 winner's
check. On Friday night, Hudson knocked down the third quickest
lap in Group B during time trials, but later slipped back to seventh
in his $2,500 to win qualifying feature event. After grabbing
the second transfer spot through Saturday's consolation race,
Hudson rolled off from the inside of the eleventh row for the
start of the 100-lap 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' The Martinsville,
Indiana ace was solid throughout the PDC and wound up passing
six competitors en route to a fifteenth place showing in the mega-event.
Complete results from the action-packed weekend at the 1/4-mile
bullring can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
O'NEAL TENTH IN MALVERN
BANK GO 50 AT I-80 SPEEDWAY
21, 2019) A hectic Midwestern stretch with the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series wrapped up from July 18-20 with the
annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals' weekend at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood,
Nebraska. On Thursday night in the $12,000 to win 'Malvern Bank
Go 50,' Hudson O'Neal placed third in his loaded heat race prior
to claiming a solid tenth place effort in the 50-lap main event.
In Friday's double set of qualifying heat races, Hudson finished
sixth in his first heat race and second in his final prelim of
the evening. After rolling off from the outside of the ninth row
in Saturday's $53,000 to win 'Silver Dollar Nationals' headliner,
Hudson unfortunately suffered a lap 42 flat tire, but soldiered
on throughout the 80-lap affair to land in the fifteenth finishing
position. Full results from the Cornhusker State can be viewed
online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL SUFFERS
LATE FLAT TIRE IN ABERDEEN...
17, 2019) Prior to tonight's washout at Jackson Motorplex
in Jackson, Minnesota, the SSI Motorsports team found themselves
in the pit area at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota
on Tuesday night, July 16 for another round of Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series competition. Hudson O'Neal ran second in his
loaded heat race prior to starting the $10,000 to win feature
event from the outside of the third row. Hudson then unfortunately
suffered a flat tire on lap 39 of the 50-lap headliner and was
eventually paid for a fourteenth place showing. Full results from
last night at Aberdeen can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL LANDS IN THE
TOP TEN ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS
15, 2019) A four-race extended weekend with the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series greeted the #71 team from July 11-14
at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and Lucas Oil Speedway
in Wheatland, Missouri. On Thursday night in the $12,000 to win
opener at Granite City, Hudson O'Neal placed third in his heat
race and eighth in the 50-lap feature event. At the St. Louis-area
venue on Friday, Hudson finished third in heat race action prior
to starting and finishing the 50-lapper in the tenth position.
The annual running of the 'CMH Diamond Nationals' then took place
at Wheatland and a pair of $15,000 top prizes were on the line.
In Saturday's show, Hudson grabbed the fourth and final transfer
spot through his heat race and later climbed four spots during
the 60-lap headliner to nab another tenth place performance. At
the pristine oval in the weekend finale on Sunday evening, the
Martinsville, Indiana ace was forced to utilize a series provisional
to gain access into 60-lap main event, drew a lap 15 caution flag,
and later rebounded to salvage a fourteenth place outing. Hudson
still sits eighth in the latest version of the heated LOLMDS point
standings. Complete results from the action-packed weekend can
be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL CLIMBS
TO FOURTH IN INDEPENDENCE 50
7, 2019) With Independence Day weekend events nixed at
both Muskingum County (OH) Speedway and Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway
due to inclement weather, Hudson O'Neal wound up competing in
only a pair of $12,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
throwdowns from July 3-6. On Thursday night in the annual 'Independence
50' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hudson placed
third in his stacked heat race prior to blasting past six cars
in the 50-lapper to claim a strong fourth place effort behind
only victor Mike Marlar, Josh Richards, and Jimmy Owens. At Tyler
County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia on Friday evening
in the 'Topless 50,' Hudson broke a rocker arm in preliminary
action, utilized a provisional to gain access into the 50-lap
feature event, and later drove Tim Logan's #11 car to a fifteenth
place showing in the headliner. Complete results from the rain-shortened
holiday weekend can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL STREAKS TO
PAIR OF TOP FIVES AT TAZ & FLORENCE!
30, 2019) The SSI Motorsports team and driver Hudson
O'Neal were back on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail
on June 28-29 in a pair of $12,000 to win contests at Tazewell
Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee and Florence Speedway in Union,
Kentucky. On Friday night at the bad-fast "Taz," Hudson
ran sixth in his stacked heat race and later rallied past twelve
competitors during the 50-lap headliner to land in the fourth
finishing position behind only victor Shanon Buckingham, Jared
Hawkins, and Earl Pearson, Jr. In the annual 'Ralph Latham Memorial'
at Florence on Saturday evening, Hudson placed third in his heat
race prior to passing eight competitors in the caution-free 50-lapper
to claim a strong third place podium effort behind only victor
Jonathan Davenport and runner-up Jimmy Owens. The Martinsville,
Indiana ace still finds himself eighth in the latest version of
the LOLMDS point standings heading into a hectic month of July.
Full results from both weekend races can be accessed online at
NEW DEAL DAZZLES FOR
$15,000 LUCAS WIN AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN!
16, 2019) The "New Deal" Hudson O'Neal captured
his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2019 on Saturday
evening, June 15 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee!
Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action last night in the
Volunteer State and later started the 'Big Daddy 60' from the
inside of the second row. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then hounded
early leader Mike Marlar and shot past the #157 on the 31st circuit
to grab the point. Hudson led the remainder of the 60-lap feature
distance to pocket the $15,000 winner's check ahead of Ricky Weiss,
Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, and Jimmy Owens!
Earlier in the tripleheader weekend, the #71 SSI
Motorsports team was in action with the Lucas Oil Series at Fayetteville
Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Cherokee Speedway
in Gaffney, South Carolina. On Thursday night at Fayetteville,
Hudson ran second in his stacked heat race and later moved up
to fourth on the rugged racing surface in the $10,000 to win headliner
to trail only winner Kyle Bronson, Brandon Overton, and Tyler
Erb. In the annual 'Grassy Smith Memorial' on Friday evening at
Cherokee, Hudson finished seventh in his heat race, sixth in the
B-Main, and sixteenth in the $12,000 to win main event. He currently
finds himself eighth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
standings exiting the busy weekend. Complete results can be obtained
online at www.lucasdirt.com.