O'NEAL SHOWS SPEED THROUGHOUT CHILI
BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS!
14, 2018) Hudson O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana, competed
in his first Lucas Oil 'Chili Bowl Midget Nationals' from January
9-13 at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Piloting a #71H
entry for car owner Jim Neuman, which sported primary sponsorship
from Crop Production Services and SSI Sub-Surface of Indiana,
Hudson turned heads and showed serious speed during his Qualifying
Night on Thursday at the indoor oval, which drew a whopping 345
entrants. After moving past two cars in his heat race to finish
fourth, Hudson had advanced all the way up to fourth in his Qualifier
until bicycling on the final circuit and settling for a seventh
place effort. The popular, young driver known as "The New
Deal" then grabbed the third transfer spot through his B-Main
before finishing nineteenth in the 25-lap A-Feature!
He then returned to action on Saturday in Tulsa during Championship
Night of the 32nd Annual 'Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.' Hudson
ran second in the D-Main, which tagged him on the tail of the
C-Main. Unfortunately, his weekend stalled out in that C-Main,
as he could only move up to thirteenth in the final finishing
order. For the second straight year, Christopher Bell won the
coveted Golden Driller trophy for emerging victorious in the 55-lap
A-Feature last night. You can view complete results from the most
prestigious Midget race in the country by pointing your web browser
(Serena Dalhamer Photo)
HUDSON O'NEAL SLATED TO START 2018
IN CHILI BOWL AT TULSA!
21, 2017) After scoring a $5,000 preliminary triumph
in last weekend's season-ending 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' at The
Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Hudson O'Neal
released an early version of his 2018 racing schedule today online
at www.hudsononeal.com! Hudson will lift the lid to his '18 campaign
during the prestigious 'Chili Bowl Midget Nationals' at Tulsa
Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma from January 9-13, as he will
wheel a #71H entry for car owner Jim Neuman. From there, Hudson
and the SSI Motorsports team will be back on tour with the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series after picking up the coveted Rookie
of the Year title in 2017. His first Super Late Model race of
the year will be the Lucas opener during the 'Super Bowl of Racing'
at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia on February 2.
View the entire schedule for "The New Deal" by accessing
O'NEAL POCKETS $5,000 FOR GATEWAY
DIRT NATIONALS PRELIM WIN!
17, 2017) Hudson O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana, bagged
his seventh feature win of the 2017 racing season during the season-ending
'Gateway Dirt Nationals,' which took place indoors from December
14-16 at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri!
On Thursday night during the qualifying session, Hudson stopped
the clock nineteenth quickest in Group A to start off his weekend.
At the tiny 1/5-mile oval on Friday evening, Hudson streaked up
to second in his stacked heat race and later started the 20-lap
preliminary feature event from the inside of the fourth row. The
young driver known as "The New Deal" then took advantage
of two leaders tangling in front of him to lead the final four
circuits en route to a career-best $5,000 top prize over Billy
Moyer, Jason Welshan, Bobby Pierce, and Brandon Sheppard!
In downtown St. Louis on Saturday, Hudson drew the fifth starting
position before the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap 'Gateway
Dirt Nationals.' During the course of his season finale, Hudson
knocked on the door to the top five early in the $30,000 to win
mega-event before faltering late in the distance and winding up
seventeenth in the final finishing order. Full results from the
'Gateway Dirt Nationals' extravaganza can be found online at www.gatewaydirt.com.
(Jeff Hall Photo)
HUDSON O'NEAL OFFICIALLY EARNS
ROY HONORS AT AWARDS GALA!
11, 2017) Hudson O'Neal received the 2017 Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year - Presented by Hot Rod Processing
award at the annual Awards Gala at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis,
Indiana on Friday night. Seventeen-year-old O'Neal, the son of
former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Don
O'Neal, finished ninth in the overall Championship Standings during
his first-ever year on a national tour. O'Neal completed his first
season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series totaling 7 top-five
finishes and 17 top-ten performances. In addition to his $10,000
in prize money, O'Neal received product certificates from: AR
Bodies, Earnhardt Technologies Group, FAST Shafts, Keyser Manufacturing,
Performance Bodies, QA1, and Wrisco Industries.
"Todd Burns has given me the world," said an emotional
O'Neal. "What an accomplishment this is for me and my team.
It's an honor to be standing on this stage in front of the best
drivers in the world. I want to thank all my competitors for their
advice, their support, and allowing me to live my dream. I am
excited to be back with this team and chase the Lucas Oil tour
in 2018." O'Neal attributes his success this season to the
support of his sponsors, which include: Peak Antifreeze and Motor
Oil, Tarpy Trucking, Sub-Surface of Indiana, West Side Tractor
Sales Co, Kimball Midwest by Krissie, Mark Martin Automotive and
Penske Racing Shocks. (Steve Schnars Photo)
O'NEAL CAUGHT UP IN INCIDENT DURING
$20K TURKEY 100...
26, 2017) Next up on the racing calendar for Hudson O'Neal
and the #71 SSI Motorsports team was a visit to Swainsboro Raceway
in Swainsboro, Georgia on November 24-25 for the annual running
of the 'Turkey 100.' A stout field of 41 competitors signed into
the pit area at the Peach State facility to vie for the hefty
$20,000 paycheck in the Crate Late Model biggie. On Friday night
during preliminary action, Hudson laid down the fourth quickest
time in his group during qualifying prior to grabbing the third
and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After starting
eleventh on the grid in the 100-lap finale on Saturday evening,
Hudson was unfortunately caught up in a lap nine incident and
retired early in the twenty-third position. Full results from
the 'Turkey 100' weekend can be accessed by clicking on www.swainsbororaceway.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL TRANSFERS INTO BOTH
WORLD FINALS SHOWS!
5, 2017) Hudson O'Neal and the #71 team loaded up and
hit the road on November 2-4 for the 11th Annual 'World Finals'
at the state-of-the-art Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North
Carolina. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned
their final two races of the 2017 season at the 4/10-mile speedplant
over the weekend and 75 competitors piled into the pit area to
vie for the pair of $12,000 top prizes. On Thursday evening in
the two rounds of qualifying, Hudson knocked down the fifth fastest
time in Group A in the first session and the eighth quickest lap
in Group B during the final session.
At the Charlotte-area facility on Friday night, Hudson ran second
in his loaded heat race prior to winding up sixteenth in the final
rundown of the 50-lap feature event. In Saturday's finale, Hudson
placed third in heat race action before claiming a fourteenth
place performance in the 50-lapper. Complete results from the
ultra-busy 'World Finals,' which was contested in front of standing-room-only
crowds, can be located online by clicking on www.woolms.com.
O'NEAL CLINCHES LUCAS OIL ROOKIE
OF THE YEAR TITLE!!!
22, 2017) The SSI Motorsports team wrapped up the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion of their 2017 schedule on October
20-21 in the 37th Annual 'Dirt Track World Championship' at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. A stellar field of 72 competitors
converged at the southern Ohio facility - located on the banks
of the Ohio River - for the $100,000 to win crown jewel spectacular.
On Friday night at PRP, Hudson O'Neal drove his throwback #71
machine to a win in his first heat race of the evening, while
he wound up sixth in his second and final prelim.
Hudson was then leading his B-Main on Saturday before an untimely
flat tire forced him to utilize a series provisional to gain access
into the 100-lap DTWC. After getting caught up in a couple of
early incidents during the caution-plagued headliner, the Martinsville,
Indiana youngster soldiered on to salvage a fourteenth place performance.
Hudson emerged from Portsmouth ninth in the final LOLMDS point
standings and officially clinched the 2017 Rookie of the Year
title!!! Full results from the DTWC weekend can be obtained by
pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL VICTORIOUS IN CRATE
LM AT BROWNSTOWN!
15, 2017) Hudson O'Neal was extremely busy over the October
13-14 weekend, as he competed in three different divisions during
the annual 'Funfest' at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana.
Hudson recorded his sixth victory overall in 2017 driving Issac
Rainey's Crate Late Model, as he ran third in his heat race prior
to winning his qualifying feature on Friday evening. In the A-Main
on Saturday, Hudson wired the field by leading each and every
circuit in the ILMS Pro Late Model main event to bag the $1,000
Behind the wheel of his familiar #71 in Super Late Model action
on Saturday, Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action and
later started from the pole position in the $2,500 to win headliner.
Unfortunately, the Martinsville, Indiana ace was pushed up over
the banking at the start of the race and later rallied back up
to third before slipping over the banking once again. Hudson eventually
retired his Club 29 racecar in the fifteenth finishing position.
In Open Wheel Modified competition, the driver known as "The
New Deal" won his heat race, finished third in the qualifying
feature, and later advanced up to second in Saturday's $750 to
win feature to trail only victor Tyler Nicely. Full results from
the action-packed weekend at the legendary 1/4-mile oval can be
accessed online at www.brownstownspeedway.com.
O'NEAL LEAVES PITTSBURGH WITH SEVENTH
8, 2017) The penultimate event of the 2017 Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series season took the SSI Motorsports team to
the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial,
Pennsylvania on October 6-7 for the 29th edition of the 'Pittsburgher
100.' On Friday night during preliminary action, Hudson O'Neal
knocked down the sixth quickest lap in Group B during time trials
before placing second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off
from the outside of the fourth row in Saturday's $20,000 to win
headliner, Hudson sported a fast racecar in his first-ever visit
to PPMS and eventually garnered a strong seventh place performance
in the 100-lap affair. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster still
finds himself ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
standings and is leading the heated Rookie of the Year chase heading
into the season finale at Portsmouth in two weeks. Complete results
from the 'Pittsburgher 100,' which was won by Don O'Neal, can
be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL STILL ON TOP OF ROOKIE
BATTLE LEAVING GEORGIA
2, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series dipped
south into the Peach State and took the #71 team to Dixie Speedway
in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia on September
30-October 1 for two more pivotal point battles. On Saturday evening
in the $12,000 to win 'Dixie Shootout,' Hudson O'Neal utilized
an emergency provisional to gain access into the 60-lap main event
and eventually salvaged a fourteenth place showing. In Sunday's
annual 'Rome Showdown,' which boasted a $10,000 payday, Hudson
was forced to use a series provisional and once again climbed
to fourteenth by the time the checkered flag fell after fifty
green flag feature laps. The Martinsville, Indiana youngster still
finds himself ninth in the latest LOLMDS point standings and on
top of the heated Rookie of the Year chase! Complete results from
the double-dip in Georgia can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL WINS BOWMAN 50 AT BROWNSTOWN;
ON PODIUM IN JACKSON 100!
24, 2017) Hudson O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana, recorded
his fifth victory of the 2017 racing season in the annual 'Bowman
50' on Friday evening, September 22 at the legendary Brownstown
Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana! Driving Issac Rainey's Crate
Late Model, Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action and
later controlled the field in the 50-lap feature to score the
$2,500 payday. Finishing behind his #24r machine was Victor Lee,
Marty O'Neal, Justin Shaw, and Matt Bex!
In Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at the 1/4-mile, semi-banked
oval, a star-studded field was in action during the two-day 'Jackson
100.' On Friday night in the $7,000 to win weekend opener, Hudson
ran second in his heat race prior to slipping back to twelfth
in the 30-lap sprint. During Saturday's 38th edition of the 'Jackson
100,' Hudson stormed from sixth in his heat race to garner an
impressive heat race triumph, which locked him into the outside
of the front row for the 100-lap mega-event. With his sights set
on the $15,000 top prize, Hudson ran second through much of the
extra-distance affair before eventually winding up third and on
the podium behind only victor Scott Bloomquist and runner-up Jason
The driver known as "The New Deal" is currently ninth
in the latest LOLMDS point standings exiting the Brownstown biggie
and still finds himself on top of the heated Rookie of the Year
standings! Complete results can be accessed online at www.brownstownspeedway.com.
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.