Grabs Seventh Place Dixie Shootout Finish
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 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 Shane Clanton!
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.
in Jackson 100; Moses Sixth at SMS
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.
Teammate Robby Moses was also in competition on Saturday,
September 25 at the nearby Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville,
Tennessee. The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS) sanctioned
the annual running of the 'King of the Mountain Fall Classic' and
Robby vied for the $7,500 windfall. He laid down the fourth quickest
lap in Group B during qualifying, started eighth on the grid in
the 50-lap feature, and moved up to place sixth in the contest behind
only winner Dale McDowell, Payton Freeman, Eli Beets, Zack Mitchell,
and Sam Seawright. Full results from each of these races can be
viewed online at www.sasdirt.com
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
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 www.lucasdirt.com.
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 McDowell!
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
(Todd Healy Photo)
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
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.
Bags $40,000 for Topless 100 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.
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.
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 at www.imdirt.net.
(Mark Schaefer Photo)
Pair of 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.
Teammate Robby Moses also entered a $10,053 to win Schaeffer's
Oil Southern Nationals showdown on Friday, July 30 at 411 Motor
Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee. Mechanical woes unfortunately sidelined
the Maryville, Tennessee driver and Robby was forced to scratch
from the program following the qualifying session. Complete results
from Davenport, FALS, and 411 can be located online at www.marsracingseries.com,
(Mike Ruefer Photo)
Runner-Up in $30k I-80 Nationals!
25, 2021) The Double Down Motorsports (DDM) team
was busy in a long week at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska
from July 20-24. Things kicked off with the 'I-80 Nationals' and
Hudson O'Neal promptly led laps 15-18 of Tuesday night's $7,000
to win preliminary event before finishing a strong runner-up behind
only victor Brandon Overton. In Wednesday's $7,000 to win prelim,
Hudson had a top five run going as well until rear-end issues sidelined
him on lap 9 and relegated the Martinsville, Indiana star to a twenty-second
place showing. By virtue of racking up the sixth most points in
preliminary action, Hudson rolled off from the outside of the third
row on Thursday night in the 'I-80 Nationals' and climbed up to
second to finish behind only $30,000 winner Tyler Erb!
When the weekend rolled around at I-80 Speedway, a
$53,00 paycheck was on the line in the annual running of the 'Silver
Dollar Nationals.' In the two rounds of heat race action on Friday
evening, Hudson advanced to fourth in his first heat race, while
he secured a triumph in his final prelim of the night. The "New
Deal" accumulated the eighth most passing points to earn the
outside of the fourth row for the start of Saturday's 80-lap headliner.
Hudson then raced hard all over the top ten before settling for
a solid seventh place performance in the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.'
Full results from the last five days on the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series trail can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Up in Wheatland Wreck...
18, 2021) Following a flurry of recent rain-outs,
the #71 team returned to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action
in the annual running of the 'CMH Diamond Nationals' at the state-of-the-art
Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night, July 17. The Wheatland, Missouri
oval drew 34 competitors - all of whom were vying for the $15,000
payday. Hudson O'Neal ran second in his heat race and later started
the 50-lap main event from the outside of the fourth row. The Martinsville,
Indiana ace was then battling hard for a top five showing until
he was unfortunately swept up in a lap 28 incident. Hudson, who
still sits third in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings,
was dropped to nineteenth in the final finishing order at Wheatland.
Complete results from last night can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Nabs Top Ten at Zanesville
4, 2021) After seeing nothing but rain last weekend
at Deer Creek (MN) Speedway, Hudson O'Neal and Double Down Motorsports
(DDM) followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour to the
Buckeye State on July 2-3 for a holiday weekend doubleheader. On
Friday night in the $12,000 to win 'Independence 50' at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hudson unfortunately suffered
a flat right rear tire during his heat race before salvaging a fourteenth
place showing in the 50-lap headliner.
At Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio on Saturday evening
in the $15,000 to win 'Prime Solutions 50,' Hudson placed third
in his stacked heat race before advancing to eighth in the 50-lapper.
The Martinsville, Indiana ace now sits third in the latest version
of the heated LOLMDS point standings exiting the Independence Day
weekend double-dip. Full results from both races can be accessed
online at www.lucasdirt.com.
$5,000 Paycheck for Winning Iron-Man Classic!
20, 2021) Hudson O'Neal recorded his fifth feature
victory of the 2021 racing season on Saturday, June 19 at Smoky
Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee! Hudson stopped the clock
second fastest in Group A during Iron-Man Late Model Series qualifying
to earn the inside of the second row for the start of the 40-lap
'Iron-Man Classic.' The Martinsville, Indiana ace then drove to
the lead past Spencer Hughes on a lap 13 restart and held the point
throughout the remainder of the feature distance to bag the $5,000
winner's check ahead of a top five consisting of Hughes, Dakotah
Knuckles, Zack Mitchell, and Cory Hedgecock!
Teammate Robby Moses was also in action at the nearby Smoky Mountain
Speedway and was able to bring home a solid top ten effort. Robby
knocked down the eighth quickest lap in Group B during the qualifying
session before rolling off from the outside of the eighth row in
the 40-lapper. The Maryville, Tennessee native was then able to
steer his #21 machine past seven racecars during the contest to
record a ninth place performance.
Earlier in the weekend, the #71 DDM team was in the
pit area at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi for
a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns that made up
the annual 'Clash at the Mag.' Hudson was unfortunately involved
in a heat race wreck on Thursday evening in the opener and was forced
to scratch from the remainder of the $5,000 to win prelim. At Magnolia
on Friday night in the $12,000 to win finale, Hudson finished sixth
in his stacked heat race and won his B-Main prior to moving past
nine competitors during the 50-lap headliner. At the checkers, the
"New Deal" found himself in the ninth finishing position
and still sits second in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
battle. Complete results from the hectic weekend can be viewed online
Hudson O'Neal Rallies
to Tenth in 27th Annual DLM Dream
13, 2021) A very lucrative week at Eldora Speedway
took place from June 9-12, as a pair of 'Dirt Late Model Dreams'
were held at the storied Rossburg, Ohio oval. On Wednesday evening
in his Twin 25 preliminary program, Hudson O'Neal placed sixth in
his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-fourth in his $10,000
to win feature. At the "Big E" on Thursday, Hudson ran
fifth in his heat race and second in his B-Main to earn the twenty-third
starting spot in the $127,000 to win headliner. The Martinsville,
Indiana ace then rallied past thirteen competitors during the 100-lap
contest to land in the tenth finishing position.
The 26th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream' then took
center stage at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant over the weekend.
In Friday's $10,000 to win Twin 25, Hudson unfortunately broke a
rear-end during his heat race and the team was not able to make
repairs in time for the B-Main. Due to the mechanical troubles,
Hudson not only missed out on his 25-lap main event, but the Double
Down Motorsports (DDM) team also opted to scratch from Saturday's
$126,000 to win grand finale. Full results from all four days of
racing action at Eldora Speedway can be located online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Double Down Motorsports
Invades 411 for Scott Sexton Memorial
1, 2021) Fresh off his huge 'Show-Me 100' triumph,
Hudson O'Neal was back in action on Monday, May 31 in the 9th Annual
'Scott Sexton Memorial' at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee.
The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series presided over the single-day
throwdown at the Volunteer State oval and a $10,052 payday was on
the line. Hudson posted the tenth quickest time in Group B during
the qualifying session before finishing fourth in his stacked heat
race. Following a B-Main victory, Hudson drove past four competitors
during the 52-lap main event to leave 411 with a steady tenth place
Teammate Robby Moses was also in action at 411 Motor Speedway and
was able to put his #21 machine into the big show as well. Robby
qualified eleventh quickest in Group B during time trials before
finishing fifth in his heat race and third in his B-Main. After
rolling off from the outside of the ninth row in the headliner,
he eventually wound up right where he started... in the eighteenth
position. Complete results from last night's annual 'Scott Sexton
Memorial' can be located online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.
Hudson O'Neal Pockets
$30,000 in Emotional Show-Me 100 Win!!!
30, 2021) Twenty-year-old sensation Hudson O'Neal
claimed his first crown jewel victory of his young racing career
on Saturday night, May 29 at the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway
in Wheatland, Missouri, as he joined his father Don O'Neal as a
winner of the prestigious 'Show-Me 100!' Hudson, who had earned
the fifth most points during preliminary action on Friday, started
the 100-lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series headliner from the
inside of the third row. The Martinsville, Indiana ace was patient
throughout the extra-distance affair and eventually swept by leader
Tim McCreadie to nab the point on the 68th circuit. Hudson then
went on to lead the remainder of the 29th Annual 'Show-Me 100' to
earn the emotional win and the whopping $30,000 payday ahead of
Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, and Shane Clanton!
At Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday, the 'Show-Me 100'
kicked off with a pair of $6,000 to win preliminary programs. In
the first show of the day, which was pushed back to Friday due to
Thursday's rain showers, Hudson won his heat race prior to advancing
all the way up to second in the 45-lap 'Cowboy Classic' to finish
an impressive runner-up behind only victor Tim McCreadie. In the
wee hours of the night in the second event, the popular young driver
known as "The New Deal" ran fifth in his loaded heat race
and second in his B-Main before getting caught up in a wreck during
the 40-lapper that helped lead to a fourteenth place showing. Complete
results from all three Wheatland races, including the 'Show-Me 100'
triumph, can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.