O'NEAL KICKS OFF 2022 IN SUNSHINE NATIONALS
22, 2022) In a weekend plagued by rugged track conditions
and now inclement weather, tonight's regularly scheduled 'Sunshine
Nationals' finale at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida
has been wiped out and the $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Late
Model Series program will not be rescheduled.
(January 21, 2022) Following the
strong top five in the season opener, Hudson O'Neal was back at
it again tonight in a similar $10,000 to win World of Outlaws
Late Model Series showdown at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida. Hudson stopped the clock third quickest in Group A during
the qualifying session prior to placing second in his loaded heat
race. The "New Deal" was then slated to start seventh
in the A-Main, but the feature event was postponed to Wednesday,
February 16 due to inclement weather that rolled into the Daytona
(January 20, 2022) Hudson O'Neal
and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) kicked off their 2022 racing
season at Volusia Speedway Park in night one of the 3rd Annual
'Sunshine Nationals.' The World of Outlaws Late Model Series opener
boasted a $10,000 paycheck at the Barberville, Florida facility.
Hudson clicked off the thirteenth fastest lap in Group B during
qualifying before placing fifth in his stacked heat race. Following
a B-Main triumph, the Martinsville, Indiana ace was scheduled
to roll off from the outside of the ninth row in the feature event,
but the headliner was pushed back to Friday afternoon due to rough
track conditions and time constraints. When the 30-lapper finally
went green, Hudson steered past thirteen competitors during the
daytime contest to land an impressive fifth place effort behind
only race winner Dale McDowell, Dennis Erb, Jr., Kyle Larson,
and Chris Madden!
CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH BULLS GAP TOP FIVE!
21, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM)
made their way to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on
Wednesday, October 20 to close out their 2021 campaign. The Castrol
FloRacing Night in America Series rolled into "The Gap"
and a $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Hudson laid down
the fifth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session prior
to securing a victory in his loaded heat race. After starting
the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row, Hudson lost a
couple of spots early in the contest before bringing his #71 machine
home in the fourth finishing position behind only winner Jonathan
Davenport, Kyle Larson, and Ricky Weiss! Complete results from
the season finale at Volunteer Speedway can be viewed online at
O'NEAL RUNNER-UP IN FINAL LOLMDS POINTS!
17, 2021) The final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
event of the 2021 campaign took place over the October 15-16 weekend
at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 41st edition
of the 'Dirt Track World Championship' was once again held at
PRP and 60 competitors converged on the Buckeye State oval to
vie for the whopping $100,000 winner's check. Following a rain-out
of Friday's preliminary action, the entire program was held on
Saturday. Hudson O'Neal timed in fifteenth fastest in Group B
during qualifying, placed third in his stacked heat race, and
later moved up nine spots during the course of the 100-lap headliner
to officially place ninth in the final rundown of the DTWC. With
the top ten in the series finale, Hudson was awarded second in
the final LOLMDS point standings behind only Champion Tim McCreadie!
You can view complete results from Portsmouth Raceway Park by
clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
GRABS SEVENTH PLACE FINISH AT DIXIE
11, 2021) Fresh off his exciting 'Pittsburgher 100' triumph,
Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM) ventured south
to the Peach State for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
showdowns at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway
in Rome, Georgia on October 9-10. On Saturday night in the annual
'Dixie Shootout,' which boasted a $15,000 top prize, Hudson ran
second in his heat race before claiming a solid seventh place
effort in the 50-lap headliner. In the $10,000 to win 'Rome Showdown
on Sunday evening, Hudson placed fifth in his stacked heat race,
but mechanical woes on lap 25 of the feature dropped the Martinsville,
Indiana ace to twenty-first in the final rundown. He still sits
second in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings heading
into next weekend's season-ending DTWC. Full results from both
Dixie and Rome can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
DEAL" STORMS THROUGH PPMS FIELD FOR $20,000 WIN!
3, 2021) Hudson O'Neal nabbed his eleventh feature win
of the 2021 campaign in dramatic fashion on Saturday evening,
October 2 at the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
in Imperial, Pennsylvania! After finishing fifth in his stacked
heat race and winning his B-Main, Hudson started the 'Pittsburgher
100' from the inside of the ninth row. Hudson then lost a lap
shortly before the halfway mark in the 100-lapper, got a Lucky
Dog restoration to the lead lap at the lap-50 fuel stop, and pitted
again on lap 55 to make a shock adjustment. The Martinsville,
Indiana ace then utilized the bottom groove of the monster 1/2-mile
speedplant to pick off competitor after competitor before driving
past race long leader Earl Pearson, Jr. on the 93rd circuit. Hudson
then led the remainder of the distance to pocket the $20,000 winner's
check ahead of Pearson, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Spencer Hughes, and
Earlier in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
doubleheader, the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) was in competition
on Friday night, October 1 at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio. Hudson
placed eighth in his heat race and later ran second in his B-Main
to earn the rights to the outside of the tenth row for the start
of the $12,000 to win 'Great Lakes 50.' During the course of the
50-lap headliner, Hudson rallied past ten racecars en route to
a solid tenth place performance. The popular driver known as the
"New Deal" still sits second in the latest version of
the LOLMDS point standings exiting the weekend. Full results from
both Raceway 7 and PPMS can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
FOURTH IN ICEBREAKER; SIXTH IN JACKSON 100
26, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM)
invaded the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana
from September 23-25 for a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
showdowns. On Thursday night in the rescheduled 'Indiana Icebreaker'
from March, Hudson started the 50-lap main event from the outside
of the fifth row. Hudson then streaked past six competitors during
the contest to finish fourth in the final rundown behind only
$15,000 victor Brandon Sheppard, Steve Casebolt, and Devin Moran!
At the 1/4-mile, semi-banked oval on Friday evening,
a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs in the 'Night Before the
Jackson 100.' Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action,
but was involved in an early scrape with eventual winner Tyler
Erb and ultimately was placed fifteenth in the final finishing
order of the 40-lapper. On Saturday at Brownstown, a $20,000 payday
was on the line in the 42nd Annual 'Jackson 100.' Hudson placed
second in his loaded heat race and started fifth on the grid in
the 100-lap headliner before winding up sixth at the checkers
behind only race winner Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Tanner English,
Earl Pearson, Jr., and Mike Marlar. The Martinsville, Indiana
standout still sits second in the latest version of the LOLMDS
point standings heading into October. Full results from all three
races can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL CLIMBS TO SEVENTH AT KNOXVILLE
19, 2021) Next up on the racing calendar for the #71
team was a visit to the historic Knoxville Raceway from September
16-18 for the 17th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel extravaganza at the Knoxville,
Iowa speedplant started with a pair of preliminary programs -
each of which boasted a $7,000 winner's check. In the opener on
Thursday night, Hudson O'Neal won his heat race, but was unfortunately
involved in a grinding wreck on lap 23 of the feature event and
was officially paid for a twenty-first place effort. After a long
night of work and repairs, Hudson placed fourth in his heat race
on Friday evening prior to winning his B-Main and advancing up
to eighth in the 25-lap sprint.
At the 1/2-mile oval on Saturday, all eyes were focused on the
conclusion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie, as
a whopping $50,000 paycheck was up for grabs. By virtue of racking
up the eleventh highest point total in preliminary action, Hudson
rolled off from the inside of the sixth row for start of the 100-lap
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The Martinsville,
Indiana star, who now finds himself second in the latest LOLMDS
point standings, advanced past four competitors during the century-long
grind en route to a solid seventh place performance. Complete
results from Knoxville Raceway can be accessed online by visiting
BLASTS TO TOP FIVE IN 51ST ANNUAL WORLD 100!
12, 2021) The Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team found
themselves in the pit area at the famed Eldora Speedway from September
8-11 to compete in double 'World 100s,' which kicked off on Wednesday
evening at the storied Rossburg, Ohio facility with a pair of
Twin 25 prelims for the 51st edition of the "Granddaddy of
Them All." Hudson O'Neal won his heat race and later moved
up six positions in his $10,000 to win opener to claim a solid
fourth place effort behind only victor Tim McCreadie, Shannon
Babb, and Darrell Lanigan. In Thursday's annual 'World 100,' which
boasted a $54,000 top prize, Hudson unfortunately got into the
wall during his heat race, received a high point provisional to
gain access into the 100-lap headliner, and eventually blasted
past sixteen competitors to capture another fourth place performance
behind only race winner Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, and Dale
Another pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25s then started the 50th
Annual 'World 100' on Friday night at the "Big E." Hudson
grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his heat race and later
rallied past seven racecars during his 25-lap sprint to notch
a solid sixth place showing. All eyes on Saturday were then fixated
on the second 'World 100' of the week, which shelled out a $53,000
winner's check. The Martinsville, Indiana star was unfortunately
collected in a heat race wreck while battling for a coveted transfer
position and was not able to compete in the night's 100-lap crown
jewel extravaganza that was ultimately won by Jonathan Davenport.
Complete results from the entire week in the Buckeye State can
be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
O'NEAL SIXTH AT PRP; RUNNER-UP AT ELDORA!
6, 2021) The Labor Day holiday weekend took the Double
Down Motorsports (DDM) team to a pair of high-profile races in
the Buckeye State of Ohio. Up first was a visit to Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday evening, September
4 for the annual running of the 'River Days Rumble,' which was
sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and shelled
out $15,000 to the winner. Hudson O'Neal, who sits third in the
current national series point standings, placed fourth in his
loaded heat race before moving past eight competitors en route
to a solid sixth place effort in the 50-lap headliner.
The doubleheader then concluded on Sunday night, September 5
at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as a $5,000 top
prize was on the line in the annual 'Baltes Classic.' Debuting
a special paint scheme for the upcoming 'World 100,' Hudson finished
third in his heat race prior to passing seven racecars during
the attrition-filled, 30-lap sprint. The Martinsville, Indiana
ace stayed out of trouble and brought home an impressive runner-up
performance on his birthday behind only race winner Spencer Hughes!
Complete results from both holiday weekend races can be accessed
online at www.lucasdirt.com
WINS PORT ROYAL OPENER FOR $10,000 PAYDAY!
29, 2021) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took the
#71 team to Port Royal Speedway from August 26-28 for the three-day
'Rumble by the River,' which kicked off on Thursday night with
a $10,000 to win shootout. Hudson O'Neal started off the weekend
on a winning note by capturing his tenth victory of the 2021 season.
Hudson won his heat race in preliminary action and later passed
Jonathan Davenport on the second circuit in the feature to grab
the point. The Martinsville, Indiana ace then led the remainder
of the 30-lap contest to nab the five-figure payday ahead of Davenport,
Ricky Thornton, Jr., Shane Clanton, and Tim McCreadie!
At Port Royal on Friday evening, a $12,000 top prize was up for
grabs and Hudson started off his night by finishing second in
his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the
third row in the 40-lapper, Hudson quickly moved up to third in
the running order, but unfortunately wore his equipment out in
doing so. At the checkers, the "New Deal" found himself
in the fifth finishing position behind only race winner Tim McCreadie,
Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb, and Shane Clanton.
A whopping $30,000 top prize was then scheduled
to be on the line on Saturday at the Port Royal, Pennsylvania
speed palace. Unfortunately, heavy rain showers during the late
afternoon washed out the 'Rumble by the River' grand finale. Hudson
still finds himself third in the latest version of the heated
LOLMDS point standings exiting the Keystone State. Complete results
from Port Royal can be viewed online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL BAGS $40,000 FOR TOPLESS TRIUMPH!!!
22, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and the Double Down Motorsports
(DDM) team racked up their ninth feature win of the 2021 campaign
and their second crown jewel triumph on Saturday night, August
21 in the 29th Annual 'Topless 100' at Batesville Motor Speedway
in Locust Grove, Arkansas! Hudson, who started sixth on the feature
grid after winning his heat race and finishing sixth in Friday's
$5,000 to win prelim, immediately pointed his #71 machine towards
the front in the 100-lap roofless, crown jewel headliner. The
young Martinsville, Indiana star then blasted past leader Jimmy
Owens on the 39th circuit to grab the point and never looked back.
Although Hudson led the final 61 laps around the Batesville-area
oval, his first 'Topless 100' title was not easy to come by. The
popular driver known as "The New Deal" fought off a
pair of last lap slidejobs by Jonathan Davenport to beat the three-time
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion to the checkered
flag by a mere 0.116 seconds. Hudson recorded the hefty $40,000
top prize by besting a stellar top five that included Davenport,
Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, and Jimmy Owens! He still finds
himself third in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings
following the exciting 'Topless 100' victory. Complete results
from the Batesville biggie can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
GETS TOP TEN IN NORTH/SOUTH SHOOTOUT
15, 2021) The #71 team was in the pit area at Florence
Speedway in Union, Kentucky from August 12-14, as the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series presided over the annual running of the
'North/South 100.' Things started at the Cincinnati-area venue
on Thursday with a tune-up event dubbed as the 'North/South Shootout.'
Hudson O'Neal ran third in his heat race and later rolled off
from the outside of the sixth row in the $10,000 to win main event.
Hudson then moved past four competitors during the course of the
50-lap contest to land in the eighth finishing position.
On Friday night at Florence Speedway, double heat
races were held to help determine the starting lineup for the
38th Annual 'North/South 100.' Hudson advanced up to third in
his first heat race of the evening, while he secured a victory
in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the fourth most passing
points during the heat races, the Martinsville, Indiana ace started
Saturday's $50,000 to win crown jewel headliner from the outside
of the second row. Unfortunately, Hudson slowed to draw a lap
80 caution flag and ultimately wound up thirteenth in the final
rundown of the 100-lap affair. Complete results from the action-packed
weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
O'NEAL POCKETS $10,000 AT BROWNSTOWN!
8, 2021) Martinsville, Indiana star Hudson O'Neal picked
up his eighth feature win of the 2021 campaign on Saturday evening,
August 7 at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana!
After earning Fast Time honors during Valvoline Iron-Man Late
Model Series qualifying and securing a heat race triumph, Hudson
rolled off in the annual 'Hall of Fame Classic' from the pole
position. He then took the lead at the drop of the green flag
and held the point for all fifty circuits en route to recording
the $10,000 payday ahead of Scott James, Devin Gilpin, Darrell
Lanigan, and Joe Godsey!
On Friday night, August 6, the #71 team was in the pit area at
Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky for a similar $10,000
to win throwdown dubbed as the 'Pete Abell Memorial.' Hudson qualified
well and once again scored a heat race win to claim the pole position
for the 50-lap main event. The popular young driver known as the
"New Deal" then led the first 27 laps at Ponderosa before
finishing a very close runner-up - a mere 0.107 seconds behind
only victor Mike Marlar! Full results from the strong weekend
for the Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team can be accessed online
(Mark Schaefer Photo)
CLAIMS TWO WINS IN IOWA & ILLINOIS!
1, 2021) Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports (DDM)
elevated their 2021 win total to seven with a pair of special
event wins from July 27-31 in the states of Iowa and Illinois!
On Tuesday night on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in
Davenport, Iowa, Hudson timed in sixth fastest in MARS Racing
Series qualifying before running second in his loaded heat race.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace then rolled off starting sixth in
the 'Hoker 50' before streaking to the lead on lap 25. Hudson
then held the point for the second half of the contest and survived
a late caution to barely beat Brandon Overton to the checkers
to claim the $10,000 payday!
The #71 team then headed to Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury,
Illinois to vie for the $50,000 windfall in the 31st edition of
the 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' On Friday evening, Hudson clicked
off the second fastest lap in Group B during the World of Outlaws
Morton Buildings Late Model Series time trial session prior to
leading all 25 circuits in his qualifying feature to bag the $3,000
top prize ahead of Jimmy Owens, Chase Junghans, Mckay Wenger,
and Gordy Gundaker. After drawing the outside of the front row
for Saturday's 100-lap PDC headliner, Hudson ran into troubles
early in the race, pitted on lap 27, and later retired early to
finish twenty-ninth in the final rundown. Complete results from
both Davenport and FALS can be located online at www.marsracingseries.com
(Mike Ruefer Photo)