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O'NEAL WINS TERRIFIC BATTLE AT THE BEACH AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY!
(July 11, 2014) A day after celebrating his birthday, current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Don O’Neal gave himself quite a present by winning the Battle at the Beach 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway. O’Neal took the lead from his teammate Steve Francis on lap 26 and withstood challenges from Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist for the win. In a battle amongst the top three in LOLMDS points standings, O’Neal held on for his fifth series win of the season. Bloomquist snuck by Owens at the end to finish second. Owens came home third, followed by 12th starting, Brian Birkhofer, and Francis rounded out the top five.

“What a win for this Clint Bowyer Race Team tonight! I saw Jimmy pull alongside a few times and I thought I had better get going. That top line was going away. The car handled really well whether we ran low, in the middle, or the top. It got pretty loose there at the end. I kept my pace pretty good, there were a few lapped cars that actually helped up keep the lead. The track was in excellent shape tonight, and I hope the fans got their money’s worth,” said the winner.

“Steve [Francis] got off to a good start. He had a really good car. I just kept digging and digging, and was finally able to get by him. I want to thank my crew chief Jeremy Justice, Tony Trent, Barry and Lance Wright. Lance couldn’t be here tonight. He is with his daughter who just had surgery. Thanks to Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot, Toyota, and Clements Race Engines.” (Rick Schwallie Photo)

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DON O'NEAL VICTORIOUS IN GRASSY SMITH MEMORIAL AT CHEROKEE!
(June 20, 2014) Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Point Leader, Don O’Neal wrestled the lead away from Brandon Overton with 14 laps to go to win the 16th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway. O’Neal led the first two laps until Overton powered by him to take the point. Overton then led until lap 36 when O’Neal maneuvered around the leader for good and went on to win his fourth LOLMDS event of 2014. Overton recorded his best career LOLMDS finish with his second place run. Jonathan Davenport finished third, followed by Casey Roberts, and Jimmy Owens.

“What a night! To win for Barry and Lance Wright is great! The race shop is just down the road, so I know its special for them to be in victory lane tonight. We had a terrific night,” said O’Neal, who swept the evenings events. “I kind of stumbled there in turn two on about the third lap and let those guys [Overton and Davenport] by me. But we fought back. I went by Davenport and then followed him [Overton] for what seemed like forever. Traffic kind of held him up a little. I knew I had a car capable of getting back around him. I was patient with him. He drove a very good race. Once we caught up to him we were able to work the car better off of turn four and that’s when we retook the lead.”

“I have to thank Clint Bowyer for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to all of my sponsors, Peak, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Ohlins, Toyota, Georgia Boot, Clements Race Engines, and of course Barry Wright Race Cars. Good to have Casey Bowyer [Clint’s brother] here tonight to see us win. My crew chief Jeremy Justice was giving me hand signals, and telling me where to run, I just can’t thank him enough. He may be young, but he knows what he is doing. It takes a total team effort to win this championship, and we have all the pieces in place.” (Howard Lawson Photo)

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O'NEAL WINS EXHILIRATING CLASH AT THE MAG FOR $20,000!!!
(June 14, 2014) In a terrific race amongst the top two in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship points standings, Don O’Neal topped Jimmy Owens to win the “Clash at the Mag” Saturday Night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. O’Neal became the first repeat winner in the $20,000-to-win event, sponsored by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. With the enormous crowd on its feet, O’Neal and Owens swapped the lead four times during the race. O’Neal forged ahead for good on lap 90. Owens finished second, followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, and Timothy Culp.

“What a race,” exclaimed O’Neal afterwards in front of the cheering standing room only crowd. “He started to drive off from me there with about 30 to go. I closed the gap on him, and then the caution came out. I thought I had a shot when that last caution came out. I changed my line for a moment, and the car started taking off better, and then I was able to run him down,” said the winner who extended his series points lead over Owens to 30 points.

“I wasn’t even looking at my guys towards the end. I was just concentrating on hitting my marks. We just kept digging, like the Show-Me 100. The track was awesome all night. Thanks to Johnny Stokes for a great race track and the fans for coming out tonight to see us race. I have to thank Barry and Lance Wright, Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Sunoco, and Clements Racing Engines. (Rick Schwallie Photo)

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DON O'NEAL WINS A THRILLER IN LUCAS OIL SHOW-ME 100!!!
(May 24, 2014) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points leader, Don O’Neal captured his first career Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. O’Neal fought off some stiff competition, including Jimmy Owens, who was trying to win the event for the fourth consecutive year. After the final caution on lap 57, O’Neal found himself battling Owens who made his way around O’Neal to take over the lead. O’Neal overtook Owens for the final time on lap 64, then pulled away from Owens and never relinquished the lead again. O’Neal earned $30,000 for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association co-sanctioned event.

“I finally did it,” shouted O’Neal, who started the event for the 16th time in his career. “The car was great from the start of the race and we took our time getting to the front. I was hoping to save on tire wear for all 100 laps by running in the bottom. When Jimmy got around me on that last restart I said ‘oh no’ here we go again. That guy is pretty much unbeatable at this race track.”

In a race that saw five different leaders and six lead changes, O’Neal first took the lead from Tony Jackson Jr. on lap five, but the two exchanged the top spot a few more times until O’Neal forged ahead. “We have been trying to win this race for so long, and we finally got it done tonight. I have to thank my car owner, Clint Bowyer, my crew chief, Jeremy Justice, Lance and Barry Wright, and the entire team; they did a great job all weekend. I have to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply/Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, Ohlins, and Georgia Boot. This Clements Race Engine was just tremendous as well.” (Rick Schwallie Photo)

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DON O'NEAL CROWNED AS NDRL KING OF MISSISSIPPI AT MAGNOLIA!
(April 19, 2014) Don O’Neal became the 7th different National Dirt Racing League winner in the first 8 events tonight at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi! O’Neal of Martinsville, Indiana made his way up from his 3rd starting position to overtake race-long leader Jonathan Davenport on lap 26 and then proceeded to drive away to take his first career NDRL win. The King of Mississippi paid $12,500 to win in the 60-lap finale. “This is the result of everyone working hard here at the track and back at the shop. That top was really fast there at the beginning of the race, but I was finally able to find something through the middle that let me get by Scott (Bloomquist) and Davenport. We had a great car and it was nice to get another win here at Magnolia.” O’Neal commented after the win. (Heath Lawson Photo)

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STEVE FRANCIS TAKES PENNATIONAL 50 VICTORY AT PPMS!!!
(April 10, 2014) The "Kentucky Colonel" Steve Francis made a lap 19 pass on Jonathan Davenport and then held off Brian Birkhofer the rest of way to pick up the win in the NDRL 'PENNational 50' at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Thursday night, April 10! It was Francis’ first win at Pittsburgh since 1996 and his first start at the track since 2007. Steve would record the $10,000 victory over Brian Birkhofer, Jonathan Davenport, Kent Robinson, and Brandon Sheppard!

“It was nice to get a win here tonight,” Francis said. “This was a brand new car and the guys did a good job with it. It was good to get one for Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot. We haven’t had much luck with the NDRL races and with a few laps left, I got into traffic that was two wide and I thought I was going to give this one away. But we were able to get by and ended up getting this one.” (Howie Balis Photo)

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DON O'NEAL CLAIMS FIFTH INDIANA ICEBREAKER TITLE AT BROWNSTOWN!!!
(March 22, 2014) Don O’Neal raced to his fifth career Indiana Icebreaker win on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway. It was O’Neal’s first triumph for Clint Bowyer Racing and his 34th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his 54th career win at Brownstown Speedway. O’Neal took the lead from Eddie Carrier, Jr. on lap eleven and led the remainder of the race. Carrier finished second followed by Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, and Kent Robinson. The 50-lap feature went caution-free.

“It’s always good to come here and win at Brownstown. This is where I started my Late Model career and it’s the first time I have won here in a Barry Wright Race Car. I want to thank the fans for coming out tonight. I would say they saw a great feature race. I have to thank Clint Bowyer, Lance and Barry Wright, my crew chief Jeremy Justice, and everybody else on the crew. The car was phenomenal!” exclaimed O’Neal in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “I have to thank all of my sponsors, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot and Clements Racing Engines.” (Rick Schwallie Photo)

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STEVE FRANCIS DOMINATES LUCAS OIL FINALE AT GOLDEN ISLES!
(February 8, 2014) Steve Francis wins the final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing. Francis displayed his dominance as he led all 50 laps of the main event. The win at Golden Isles Speedway marks his 14th career series win. Francis became the third different winner of the weekend, crossing the finish line ahead of Eddie Carrier Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, and Brandon Sheppard.

“I can’t say enough about this Barry Wright Race Car. It handled so well all night long. The only concern I had, was coming off turn four a few times was jumping the cushion and losing my momentum. I had to make sure I got into that corner the best I could,” said the winner.

“I think all weekend long, the track was in good condition and made for a great show for the fans. We could race anywhere on it. We had a lot of fun out there tonight. It was a great point’s night, and a really good start to the season.”

Francis and his Clint Bowyer Racing Team have set their sights on winning the title in 2014. “I have to thank Clint for giving me this opportunity. He gives us what we need, the Clements Racing Engine had plenty of horsepower and it’s great to win for Georgia Boot and everybody associated with them.” (Rick Schwallie Photo)

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