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.
HUDSON O'NEAL FINISHES
TENTH IN DREAM OPENER
9, 2019) Hudson O'Neal made the trek to the famed Eldora
Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 6-8 for the 25th Annual 'Dirt
Late Model Dream,' which kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to
win Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night at the "Big
E," Hudson finished fourth in his heat race and tenth in
the 25-lap main event, while he ran fifth in his heat race on
Friday evening before advancing to thirteenth in the final finishing
order of the 25-lapper. At the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant
on Saturday, Hudson had his sights set on capturing the $125,000
payday in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Unfortunately, the Martinsville,
Indiana youngster ran into trouble early in his wild heat race
and was unable to make the start in the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza.
Complete results from the action-packed weekend in the Buckeye
State can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)