Don O’Neal Goes Back-to-Back in Ohio

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Don O’Neal Goes Back-to-Back in Ohio
Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS
Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

HARTFORD, OH (July 2, 2018) – Don O’Neal made it back-to-back triumphs in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action in Ohio, winning the Steel Valley 50 on Monday night at Sharon Speedway.
O’Neal took the lead on lap 14 from Mason Zeigler, who finished in second. Zeigler chased down O’Neal in the final laps but came up short in his bid for his first win of the season. Last year’s winner, Josh Richards, finished in third. Current series point leader Jonathan Davenport crossed the line in fourth. O’Neal’s Clint Bowyer Racing teammate Darrell Lanigan finished in fifth.
Zeigler was looking for a clean sweep of racing activities as he set the Miller Welders Overall Fast Time and won his heat race to earn the pole starting position in the 50-lap main event. Zeigler took the lead at the start of the race. For the first 13 laps Zeigler held off Earl Pearson Jr., Davenport, and O’Neal for the top spot until O’Neal forged ahead on lap 14.
The winner’s Clint Bowyer Racing, Club 29 Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, I-Racing.com, Crawford Outdoor, Cometic Gasket, Penske Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Clint Bowyer Autoplex.
“It’s pretty cool to equal Clint now in wins this year. Hopefully I will get a lot more than him by the end of the year,” said a smiling O’Neal during his 45th appearance in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “My hat is off to this Peak car, we have been great the last two nights. It’s all because of my crew that I am winning races right now. This crew works their tails off to get it done.”
“Thanks to everybody at Clint Bowyer Racing. I hope we keep this thing rolling. It feels good to run well, especially after Portsmouth where we tore up a bunch of stuff. We got up early yesterday to get everything fixed, and it all paid off after last night,” said O’Neal, who won the previous nights’ LOLMDS race at Mansfield, OH.
Zeigler earned his first podium finish of the year and was pleased with his performance. “Near the end of the race I got held up and wasn’t quite able to catch Don [O’Neal]. He was better than us. I was just hanging on for a while tonight and wasn’t expecting to begin catching him late in the race. He just had a better car and we were a second-place car and that’s exactly where we ended up. We needed a good run and that’s what we ended up with,” said the driver of the JLE Industries, Rocket Chassis.
Richards was trying to repeat his 2017 series win at the historic track. “The race was pretty good for the most part. We just have to get a little better. Don has been great. Those guys over there have done a great job the last few nights. They have got something figured out.”
Completing the top ten were Bobby Pierce, Earl Pearson, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Mike Maresca.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Monday, July 2, 2018
Steel Valley 50
Sharon Speedway – Hartford, OH

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Mason Zeigler / 16.642 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 17.136 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, Jackie Boggs, Matt Cosner, Mathew Latta, Jared Miley, Jason Jameson, Brian Baumberger

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Josh Richards, Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Doug Drown, Gregg Satterlee, Kyle Bronson, Austin Rettig, Breyton Santee

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist, Max Blair, Mike Maresca, Dennis Erb, Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Charles Powell, Rob Anderzack

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Hudson O’Neal, Kyle Bronson, Jason Jameson, Charles Powell, Austin Rettig, Mathew Latta, Brian Baumberger, Rob Anderzack, Breyton Santee

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
3
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$12,800
2
1
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$5,700
3
5
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$4,500
4
4
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,650
5
11
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$2,950
6
7
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$2,500
7
2
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$2,300
8
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$2,000
9
8
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$2,000
10
15
7MM
Mike Maresca
Hannawa Fallls, NY
$1,100
11
12
111
Max Blair
Centerville, PA
$1,075
12
10
4B
Jackie Boggs
Grayson, KY
$1,050
13
9
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$1,825
14
17
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$1,700
15
19
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,700
16
23
94
Austin Rettig
Sikeston, MO
$1,000
17
18
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,700
18
13
10
Jared Miley
South Park, PA
$1,000
19
20
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,000
20
16
66c
Matt Cosner
Ridgeley, WV
$1,000
21
22
94p
Charles Powell
Brookville, PA
$1,000
22
21
12J
Jason Jameson
Lawrenceburg, IN
$1,000
23
24
8a
Rob Anderzack
Swanton, OH
$1,000
24
14
12d
Doug Drown
Wooster, OH
$1,000

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 27
Lap Leaders: Mason Zeigler (Laps 1 – 13); Don O’Neal (Laps 14 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Don O’Neal
Margin of Victory: 0.722 seconds
Cautions: None
Series Provisionals: None
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Austin Rettig, Rob Anderzack
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Austin Rettig (Advanced 7 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Max Blair
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Club 29 Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Brian Liverman (Mason Zeigler)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Mason Zeigler (Lap #49 – 17.3022 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Don O’Neal (37 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Kyle Bronson
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Mason Zeigler
Time of Race: 15 minutes 39 seconds

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