HUDSON O'NEAL RUNNER-UP
IN TRIP TO DAVENPORT!
21, 2019) The #71 SSI team traveled to Davenport Speedway
in Davenport, Iowa and 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on
April 19-20 for a pair of Lucas Oil MLRA Series battles. On Friday
night in a $5,000 to win tilt on the sprawling Davenport 1/2-mile,
Hudson O'Neal ran second in his loaded heat race and later vaulted
up to second in the 30-lapper to bag an impressive runner-up effort
behind only victor Chase Junghans. At Burlington on Saturday evening
in the 11th Annual 'Slocum 50,' which once again boasted a $10,555
payday, Hudson placed third in his heat race to advance into the
50-lap affair, but an early left rear flat tire forced him to
rebound to a twelfth place showing. Full results from the Hawkeye
State double-dip can be located by clicking on www.mlraracing.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
O'NEAL RALLIES FOR
TOP TEN IN BUCKEYE SPRING 50
15, 2019) The SSI Motorsports team was slated to enter
four Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs across the states
of Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania from April 11-14, but only
two $12,000 to win shows escaped the wrath of Mother Nature over
the soggy weekend. In the 'Buckeye Spring 50' at Atomic Speedway
in Alma, Ohio on Thursday night, Hudson O'Neal finished third
in his heat race and pitted before the halfway mark in the 50-lapper
before battling back to salvage a steady ninth place effort. At
the legendary Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday
evening in the 38th Annual 'Stanley Schetrompf Classic,' Hudson
placed fourth in his stacked heat race and fifteenth in the 50-lap
headliner. He now finds himself ninth in the latest version of
the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from both Atomic and
Hagerstown can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
(Michael Hamilton Photo)
HUDSON O'NEAL SIXTH
AT NORTH GEORGIA; EIGHTH IN POINTS
7, 2019) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series headed
to the states of Tennessee and Georgia over the April 5-6 weekend
and the SSI Motorsports team continued their journey with the
national touring series in battling for both $12,000 top prizes.
On Friday night at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee, Hudson
O'Neal placed fifth in his heat race, fifth in his B-Main, and
twenty-second in the 50-lap headliner after drawing a lap 20 caution.
At North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia on Saturday evening,
Hudson ran third in his loaded heat race prior to vaulting past
five competitors during the attrition-filled 50-lapper en route
to a solid sixth place effort. The Martinsville, Indiana rising
star currently finds himself eighth in the latest version of the
heated LOLMDS point standings. Full results can be found online
O'NEAL RETURNS TO
ACTION IN $15K THAW BRAWL
1, 2019) The #71 team was back in action at LaSalle Speedway
in LaSalle, Illinois on March 30-31 in the eighth edition of the
'Thaw Brawl.' The American Ethanol Late Model Tour sanctioned
the two-day spectacular, which was shortened to a single-day throwdown
after Saturday's $5,000 to win opener succumbed to Mother Nature.
On Sunday afternoon at the 1/4-mile bullring, Hudson O'Neal timed
in fourth fastest in his group during qualifying before running
sixth in his heat race and third in his B-Main. After rolling
off from the outside of the ninth row in the $15,000 to win headliner,
Hudson drew an early caution flag in the 75-lap race and retired
in the twentieth position. Complete results from LaSalle Speedway
can be found online at www.aelmt.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
HUDSON O'NEAL STEERS
TO BROWNSTOWN TOP FIVE!
17, 2019) Hudson O'Neal and SSI Motorsports returned
to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on March 15-16,
as the national touring series schedule heated back up with a
pair of $12,000 to win programs in the states of Ohio and Indiana.
Following a rain-out of the annual 'Buckeye Spring 50' during
qualifying on Friday night at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio, the
dirt-slinging action quickly shifted to the legendary Brownstown
Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday evening for the 22nd
edition of the 'Indiana Icebreaker.' Hudson knocked down the quickest
lap in Group B during qualifying before securing a popular heat
race triumph. After starting the 50-lapper from the outside of
the front row, Hudson, who sits eighth in the LOLMDS point standings,
raced all over the top five before claiming a fourth place performance
behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, and Jonathan
Davenport! Complete results from Brownstown can be accessed online
NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA...
14, 2019) Valentine's Day for the #71 team was headlined
by another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late
Model Series shootout tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida. Hudson O'Neal timed in fourteenth fastest in Group B
during qualifying prior to grabbing the third and final transfer
spot through his heat race. Hudson then started the 50-lap main
event from the outside of the eighth row, but smoke billowing
from his Longhorn Chassis caused him to retire after only 17 circuits
in the twenty-fifth position. The SSI Motorsports team opted to
leave the VSP grounds following the engine trouble and Hudson's
Georgia/Florida "Speedweeks" is now complete.
(February 13, 2019) The World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series returned to competition tonight at
Volusia Speedway Park and a $10,000 top prize was on the line
for the stellar 44 car field. Hudson O'Neal qualified third fastest
in Group A during time trials before running second in his heat
race. After starting the 50-lapper from the outside of the fourth
row, Hudson slipped back a few spots during the contest to claim
an eleventh place showing.
(February 12, 2019) Tonight's DIRTcar-sanctioned
program at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida has been
washed out from afternoon showers with more rain on the way. The
$7,000 to win 'DIRTcar Nationals' showdown at the Daytona Beach-area
oval will not be rescheduled. Action will get back underway at
VSP tomorrow, as the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model
Series will preside over a 50-lapper, which will boast a $10,000
BUBBA ARMY WINTER NATIONALS RAINED
10, 2019) A $10,000 to win throwdown at Bubba Raceway
Park in Ocala, Florida was scheduled for tonight to wrap up the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion of "Speedweeks"
in Georgia and Florida. However, the annual 'Bubba Army Winter
Nationals' was rained-out shortly before hot laps started and
the program, which was set to be highlighted by a 50-lap main
event, will not be rescheduled.
WINTERNATIONALS NIGHTLY RESULTS
FROM EAST BAY...
9, 2019) The final round of the 'Winternationals' at
East Bay Raceway Park paid out another $12,000 top prize tonight.
A strong field of 41 competitors signed in at the pit gate at
the Gibsonton, Florida facility to do battle in the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series special. Hudson O'Neal was forced to take
a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lapper after finishing
ninth in his heat race and eleventh in his B-Main. After starting
twenty-fourth on the grid in the 50-lap grand finale, Hudson was
able to climb up nine positions to leave the "Clay by the
Bay" with a fifteenth place showing. The Martinsville, Indiana
youngster currently finds himself eleventh in the latest LOLMDS
(February 8, 2019) Night five of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park drew a huge crowd and the live MAVTV
television cameras. The $12,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series program marked the first points paying event of the busy
week at the Tampa-area venue. Hudson O'Neal, fresh off last night's
big win, qualified sixth fastest in Group B during time trials
and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his
heat race. After starting sixteenth on the grid in the 50-lap
affair and drawing a lap 37 caution flag, Hudson rebounded to
salvage an eleventh place effort tonight at the "Clay by
7, 2019) Hudson O'Neal, of Martinsville, Indiana, scored
the first 'Winternationals' triumph of his young career tonight
in exciting fashion at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida!
Hudson timed in tenth quickest in Group A during the qualifying
session before grabbing the third and final transfer spot through
his stacked heat race. After starting thirteenth on the feature
grid in the 40-lap affair, Hudson unfortunately went for a spin
on lap ten and was forced to restart at the tail end of the stellar
field. The "New Deal" then put on a show rallying from
the back - primarily utilizing the treacherous top side of the
racetrack - to lead the final two laps in coming out the winner
of a photo finish with runner-up Earl Pearson, Jr. Hudson pocketed
the $7,000 paycheck ahead of Pearson, Jr., Tyler Erb, Devin Moran,
and Kyle Bronson! (Heath
(February 6, 2019) Round three of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida took place earlier
tonight and all eyes in the pit area were on capturing the $7,000
payday. Hudson O'Neal posted the sixteenth fastest lap in Group
A during the time trial session prior to running fifth in his
loaded heat race. Unfortunately, motor problems sidelined him
in his B-Main and Hudson was unable to make the start in the 40-lap
main event that was eventually won by Jonathan Davenport.
(February 5, 2019) Another $5,000 windfall was
up for grabs with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight
at East Bay Raceway Park. The Gibsonton, Florida facility drew
a stout 56 car field and Hudson O'Neal started his night off by
clicking off the fourteenth quickest lap in Group B during time
trials. Hudson then grabbed the third and final transfer spot
through his stacked heat race and later rolled off from the outside
of the ninth row in the 30-lap headliner. The Martinsville, Indiana
native then picked off six competitors during the race to secure
a twelfth place performance.
(February 4, 2019) The 43rd annual 'Winternationals'
kicked off tonight at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida
and 53 competitors showed up to do battle for the $5,000 winner's
check. Hudson O'Neal posted the second fastest lap in Group A
during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying before scoring
a win in heat race action. After starting the 30-lap sprint from
the inside of the second row, Hudson ran second early in the contest
before slipping back to tenth at the drop of the checkered flag
at the "Clay by the Bay."
SUPER BOWL OF RACING NIGHTLY RESULTS
2, 2019) Another $12,000 payday was on the line with
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight in the 'Super Bowl
of Racing' finale at Golden Isles Speedway. A stout 37 car field
signed into the pit area at the Brunswick, Georgia-area oval and
a large crowd was on hand to witness all of the ground-pounding
action. Hudson O'Neal knocked down the sixth fastest lap in Group
A during qualifying prior to running fifth in his stacked heat
race. Following a triumph in his B-Main, Hudson suffered a left
rear tire early in the 50-lapper and soldiered on to a seventeenth
(February 1, 2019) The 2019 edition of the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series season got underway tonight in the
'Super Bowl of Racing' opener at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick,
Georgia. Most of the $12,000 to win racing program was completed
this evening, but the final B-Main and the 50-lap headliner were
pushed to Saturday afternoon after inclement weather struck the
southern Georgia speedplant. Hudson O'Neal set a New Track Record
during qualifying prior to picking up the victory in his heat
race. In the daytime main event, Hudson led the first twelve circuits
and was in the second spot when he unfortunately hit the wall
on lap 27. The Martinsville, Indiana rising star was dropped to
eighteenth in the final finishing order.
WILD WEST SHOOTOUT NIGHTLY RESULTS
13, 2019) Hudson O'Neal wrapped up the 13th edition of
the 'Wild West Shootout' miniseries tonight at Arizona Speedway
in Queen Creek, Arizona. A forty car field signed into the pit
area to do battle for the $14,000 payday. Hudson posted the fourth
quickest lap in his group during time trials prior to grabbing
the fourth and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race.
In the 50-lap grand finale, Hudson streaked past six competitors
during the 'Shaw Trucking 50' to end his stint in the desert with
a respectable seventh place performance. (Mike
(January 12, 2019) A day/night doubleheader
in the desert - due to an earlier rainout - took place today at
Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona, as a pair of $5,000
to win programs were held during the busiest day of the 'Wild
West Shootout.' In the afternoon tilt, Hudson O'Neal placed third
in his loaded heat race before slipping back to sixteenth in the
30-lap headliner. During the nightcap, Hudson scored another heat
race triumph in preliminary action and eventually landed on the
podium in the third spot after 40 green flag feature laps to finish
behind only victor Cade Dillard and runner-up Scott Bloomquist!
(January 11, 2019) The third contest of the
'Wild West Shootout' miniseries took center stage tonight at Arizona
Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. A total of 46 Super Late Model
entrants piled into the desert facility to vie for another $5,000
windfall. Hudson O'Neal stopped the clock second fastest in his
group during time trials before picking up his third straight
heat race victory. The Martinsville, Indiana teen then drew the
inside of the second row before the start of the 30-lapper and
wound up finishing right where he started... in the third spot
behind only victor Bobby Pierce and runner-up Kyle Beard!
(January 9, 2019) Another $5,000 winner's check
was on the line for the #71 team during the 13th edition of the
'Wild West Shootout' tonight at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek,
Arizona. Hudson O'Neal earned Fast Time honors of the 45 entrants
during the qualifying session and then went on to pick up another
heat race triumph. After drawing the third starting spot for the
30-lap main event, Hudson was vying for a podium effort late in
the race when a broken j-bar on the final circuit dropped the
Martinsville, Indiana ace to a disappointing twelfth place showing.
(January 6, 2019) Heavy overnight rain at Arizona
Speedway has postponed tonight's second round of 'Wild West Shootout'
action to Saturday afternoon, January 12. A day/night doubleheader
will now take place next Saturday with both unsanctioned Super
Late Model programs boasting a $5,000 top prize. Dirt-slinging
competition at the Queen Creek, Arizona facility will resume on
Wednesday, January 9.
(January 5, 2019) The 2019 campaign officially
kicked off tonight at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona
with the opening round of the 13th Annual 'Wild West Shootout.'
A strong field of 45 competitors converged at the Copper State
venue for the $5,000 to win throwdown. Hudson O'Neal, making his
return to the Super Late Model scene after an August shoulder
surgery, knocked down the quickest lap in his group during the
qualifying session prior to scoring the victory in his loaded
heat race. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the pole position,
Hudson fought brake problems throughout the distance and eventually
wound up seventh in the final finishing order of his 2019 season