Don O’Neal scores Lucas win at Duck River

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Don O’Neal

WHEEL, TN (April 2, 2017) – The former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Don O’Neal outdueled defending National Champion, Scott Bloomquist on Sunday night at Duck River Raceway. O’Neal took the lead from Bloomquist for the final time on lap 38 to claim his first LOLMDS win of the season.

 

Trailing the two former series champions to the checkers was young-gun Tanner English – who recorded his best career LOLMDS finish. Brandon Overton came home fourth, followed by Dennis Erb Jr. rounding out the top five.

 

O’Neal made a clean sweep of the night – setting the overall fast time, winning his heat race, and claiming the 50-lap main event for his first series victory since April 2015. The 52-year-old, piloted a two-race old, Club 29 Race Car powered by a Clements Racing Engine for Clint Bowyer Racing.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the forty-second time in his career, O’Neal was estatic with his hard-fought victory. “The crew has worked so hard on this car, people don’t realize how much work goes into these cars. Anthony Burroughs and “Big Snack,” they don’t get any days off it seems. Last night at East Alabama was the first time we ran this car. I never thought he [Bloomquist] would get around me on the outside and then he went to the bottom. When he did that I thought, I could do that as well and it worked out.”

 

“I have had so much bad luck recently, it feels great to get back to victory lane again. Thanks to Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Cometic Gasket, Club 29 Race Cars, Crawford Outdoor, Clint Bowyer Autoplex, Traeger Wood Fire Grills, Penske Racing Shocks and Sunoco Race Fuels.”

 

O’Neal grabbed the lead at the start of the race and led the first four laps until Culp took over the top spot. Looking for his first-career LOLMDS victory, Culp held the top spot until O’Neal regained the lead on the nineteenth circuit. O’Neal then held the point until Bloomquist roared to the outside of him to take the lead on lap 36. The duo battled side-by-side for a several laps before O’Neal cleared Bloomquist for the final time.

 

Bloomquist who went with the harder LM40 for the main event nearly came home with the win. “It was a pretty good race. We got up there and my right rear sealed up a little bit. Everybody ran a good race tonight up front. There was a lot of give and take and everybody put on a good show. The harder compound hurt us early on. I had to try and stay out of the black. Once I got by him [O’Neal] I thought we could win it.”

 

English was thrilled with his podium finish. “I was real close there a couple of times to getting the lead. I thought I could get O’Neal there a couple of times and then we had a caution. Then I saw Bloomquist rolling there on top and I thought we were all in trouble at that point because he had that harder tire on. To come in here and do this against these guys it means a lot. I want to thank Seay Motors and M&S Concrete for helping sponsor us.”

 

Completing the top ten were Timothy Culp, Steve Francis, Darrell Lanigan, Dale McDowell, and Hudson O’Neal.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Duck River Raceway Park – Wheel, TN

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Don O’Neal / 12.515 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Dale McDowell / 12.917 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Tanner English, Ricky Weiss, Hudson O’Neal, David Breazeale, Josh Richards, Carder Miller, Kayne Hickman

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Timothy Culp, Eric Hickerson, Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson, Jr., Boom Briggs, Billy Franklin, Colton Flinner

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Dennis Erb, Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Tim McCreadie, Dale McDowell, Gregg Satterlee, Caleb Ashby, David Seibers, Austin Arnold

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Caleb Ashby, Boom Briggs, Billy Franklin, Kayne Hickman, David Seibers, Colton Flinner, Carder Miller, Austin Arnold

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 1 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $11,000
2 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $6,500
3 7 96 Tanner English Benton, KY $3,500
4 8 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $2,750
5 3 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $2,950
6 2 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR $1,800
7 9 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $2,200
8 4 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $2,000
9 15 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $1,200
10 13 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,800
11 14 49 Jonathan Davenport Williamson, SC $1,875
12 10 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB $1,050
13 16 54 David Breazeale Starkville, MS $1,025
14 19 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,700
15 17 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,750
16 11 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,725
17 22 17 Billy Franklin Calera, AL $900
18 24 18S David Seibers Chapel Hill, TN $875
19 18 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $850
20 21 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $1,525
21 23 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $800
22 20 61 Caleb Ashby Cunningham, TN $800
23 12 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,500
24 5 98 Eric Hickerson Linden, TN $800


Race Statistics  

Entrants: 27
Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 – 6); Timothy Culp (Laps 7 – 18); Don O’Neal (Laps 19 – 35); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 36 – 37); Don O’Neal (Laps 38 – 50)
Cautions: Colton Flinner (Lap 5); Eric Hickerson (Lap 8); Tim McCreadie (Lap 9); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 15); Caleb Ashby (Lap 16); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 31)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Colton Flinner
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: David Seibers
Wrisco Feature Winner: Don O’Neal
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dale McDowell (Started: 15th; Finished: 9th; Advanced 6 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Power Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Club 29 Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Anthony Burroughs (Don O’Neal)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Don O’Neal (Lap #2 – 13.9431 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Don O’Neal (36 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Don O’Neal
Time of Race: 34 minutes 47 seconds

   

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 1535 $48,700
2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1435 $40,725
3 49 Jonathan Davenport Williamson, SC 1370 $18,575
3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 1370 $29,800
5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 1345 $30,400
6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 1315 $24,475
7 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 1245 $27,225
8 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 1230 $17,750
9 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 1215 $14,500
10 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 1160 $13,850
11 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 1060 $9,975
12 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 1030 $8,325
13 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR 955 $5,150
14 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 935 $7,500
15 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 905 $7,025
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