O'NEAL CLOSES OUT
TENURE WITH SSI MOTORSPORTS AT CHARLOTTE
10, 2019) SSI Motorsports entered their final two races
of the 2019 season from November 7-9 in the annual 'World Finals'
at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina.
Following World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
qualifying on Thursday at the 4/10-mile speedplant, the first
of two $12,000 to win programs took center stage in front of a
packed Charlotte crowd on Friday night. Hudson O'Neal placed fifth
in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later climbed nine spots
during the course of the 50-lap headliner on his way to a twelfth
place showing. In his final start for SSI Motorsports in Saturday's
finale, Hudson finished fourth in his B-Main before winning his
B-Main and advancing to fourteenth in the final finishing order
of the 50-lapper. Full results from the 'World Finals' weekend
can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL LOOKS
FOR NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR 2020 SEASON
31, 2019) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series regular and
2017 Rookie of the Year Hudson O'Neal announced today that he
is looking for a new opportunity for the 2020 racing season after
he was informed on Monday that SSI Motorsports would be stepping
away from the sport and not fielding a race team next season.
Hudson, who started in a Crate Late Model with the Todd and Vickie
Burns-owned team back in 2016 and quickly transitioned to a Super
Late Model, will enter one more event with SSI Motorsports from
November 7-9 at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord,
North Carolina. A pair of $12,000 top prizes will be on the line
with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series during
the 13th edition of the Can-Am 'World Finals.' (MRM
"As a lot of you are aware, I have been driving for SSI
Motorsports and Todd Burns for the last four years," quoted
O'Neal today. "It has been a pleasure working with such an
amazing car owner and all the people that surround that program.
I'm saddened to inform that SSI Motorsports and myself will be
parting ways after Charlotte and will no longer be racing together
for the 2020 season. The motorsports stable will not be fielding
a race car next year and they have decided to step away. I am
grateful for every minute I have been able to spend with the Burns
family and the whole Sub-Surface of Indiana operation. I have
built many friendships that will last a lifetime!"
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O'NEAL NINTH IN $100K
DTWC; FINISHES SEVENTH IN FINAL POINTS!
20, 2019) The long year with the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series that started in early February in Georgia and Florida
during "Speedweeks" wrapped up over the October 18-19
weekend with the 39th Annual 'Dirt Track World Championship' at
Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. A stellar 66 car
field converged on PRP to do battle for the whopping $100,000
paycheck. On Friday night, Hudson O'Neal laid down the tenth quickest
lap in Group B during qualifying before running third in his loaded
After amassing the sixteenth most points during
preliminary action, Hudson rolled off from the outside of the
eighth row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel headliner. The Martinsville,
Indiana ace then drove past seven competitors during the extra-distance
affair to place ninth in the final finishing order of the DTWC.
With the top ten effort, Hudson officially landed in the seventh
spot in the final version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full
results from the DTWC weekend can be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL COMPETES
AT DIXIE; SEES RAIN AT ROME...
14, 2019) With the rain-out of last night's annual 'Rome
Showdown' at Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia, Hudson O'Neal competed
in only one event over the weekend on Saturday, October 12 at
the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia. A stellar field
of 39 competitors piled into the Atlanta-area venue to vie for
the $12,000 windfall in the 'Dixie Shootout.' Hudson O'Neal clicked
off the fourth quickest lap in Group B during Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth transfer spot
through his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the outside
of the eighth row in the 50-lap finale, Hudson wound up finishing
right where he started in the caution-free affair... in the sixteenth
position. The Martinsville, Indiana ace currently finds himself
seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting
the Peach State. Full results from Dixie Speedway can be accessed
online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL FOURTH AT RACEWAY
7; WINDS UP WITH TOP TEN AT PPMS
6, 2019) The SSI Motorsports team returned to the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on October 4-5 with a pair of
events in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. On Friday night
in a $12,000 to win tilt at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio, Hudson
O'Neal placed second in his heat race prior to moving up four
spots during the 50-lap main event to finish fourth in the final
rundown behind only victor Kyle Bronson, Tim McCreadie, and Josh
Richards. At the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
in Imperial, Pennsylvania on Saturday evening in the 31st annual
running of the 'Pittsburgher 100,' Hudson won his heat race and
ran in the top five early in the 100-lap distance before a tangle
with Jimmy Owens on lap 48 cost him a chance at the $20,000 payday.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace, who currently sits seventh in the
latest LOLMDS point standings, was able to rally back up to tenth
by the finish of the 'Pittsburgher 100.' Full results from the
doubleheader weekend can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
HUDSON O'NEAL STEERS
CRATE LATE MODEL TO PODIUM FINISH
29, 2019) Fresh off his recent 'Jackson 100' triumph
at Brownstown Speedway, Hudson O'Neal was back at the Brownstown,
Indiana oval on Saturday night, September 28 to pilot a Crate
Late Model owned by Issac Rainey. Behind the wheel of the #24r
machine, Hudson set a New Track Record during the qualifying session
prior to picking up a heat race victory. While he was unable to
pick up his second straight feature win at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds
venue, Hudson was able to land on the podium in third behind only
$800 victor Marty O'Neal and runner-up Shelby Miles. Complete
results from last night can be accessed online at www.brownstownspeedway.com.
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.