Hudson O’Neal Earns First Lucas Oil Win

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Hudson O’Neal Earns First Lucas Oil Win

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

COLUMBUS, MS (June 16th, 2018) – Hudson O’Neal took the lead from defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Josh Richards with seven laps to go and held off a hard-charging Bobby Pierce to score the $20,000 victory in the Country Pleasin’ “Clash at the Mag” at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

The 17-year-old, third generation driver battled amongst the top five for most of the race before beginning his charge to the front. O’Neal moved around Tim McCreadie to take second and then tracked down race-leader Josh Richards, who had been in control for much of the race. O’Neal dove to the inside of Richards coming off of turn with seven circuits remaining to take the top spot. He then had to contend with Pierce, who had pitted earlier in the race and charged all the way through the field to give O’Neal a challenge in the closing laps.

Pierce finished in second with Josh Richards, Scott Bloomquist and Tim McCreadie completing the top ten.

In earning his first-career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory, O’Neal, son of former series champion Don O’Neal (who finished seventh in the race), received several congratulatory wishes from his father, his crew, and other competitors as he gave an emotional victory lane speech.

“I can’t believe it,” said the driver who had posted seven consecutive top ten finishes in LOLMDS competition before making only his second-career start at Magnolia. “I just saved my stuff there early on. That was a great race. I just wanted to keep the tires under me and not abuse them. I stayed down there on the bottom where there was enough moisture to catch Josh.”

“Josh and I had a good battle there for a few laps. He raced me clean and I can’t thank him enough. I hope the fans who watched this enjoyed it, because I sure did. I have to thank my car owners Todd and Vickie Burns, my crew chief Taylon Center and the entire team. Both Josh and Bobby ran a great race, it was a lot of fun.”

Pierce, who pitted around lap 20 charged to a runner-up finish. “I thought I had a shot on the last lap. There was a lapped car there, I drove around the outside, but came up just short. I banged the wall a few times. I hope I didn’t mess up anything on the car. Congrats to Hud on the win. That was so cool to see him win,” said the driver of the Dunn-Benson Ford, Campbell University, Rocket.

Richards, who led several laps during the 100-lap event was looking for his first LOLMDS since February. “When Timmy [McCreadie] got into me a little bit I think it cut my tire. I was hanging on and here comes Hudson on the bottom. I am happy for him to get the win. He’s a good kid,” said the driver of the Best Performance Motorsports, Colt Firearms, Rocket.

The winner’s Club 29 Race Cars entry is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: Dyno One, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Sub Surface of Indiana, Mark Martin Automotive, O’Neal’s Salvage and Recycling, Burns Farms and Tarpy Trucking.

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Don O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Mason Zeigler and Spencer Hughes.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, June 16th, 2018
Clash at the Mag
Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Earl Pearson Jr. / 14.664 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 14.759 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Kyle Bronson, Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan, Zach McMillan, Chad Thrash, Jamie Tollison, Gavin Landers

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Mason Zeigler, Bobby Pierce, Jack Sullivan, Rick Rickman, Spencer Hughes, Mike Palasini, Jr., Shay Knight

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Josh Richards, Hudson O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Neil Baggett, Dennis Erb, Jr., Chris Wall, Brian Rickman, Dwight Falcon Jr.

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chad Thrash, Chris Wall, Brian Rickman, Mike Palasini, Jr., Gavin Landers, Spencer Hughes, Clay Fisher, Shay Knight, Jamie Tollison, Dwight Falcon Jr.-DNS

Race Statistics
Entrants: 28
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1-12); Earl Pearson (Lap 13); Jimmy Owens (Laps 14-26); Josh Richards (Laps 27-84); Tim McCreadie (Lap 85); Josh Richards (Lap 86); Tim McCreadie (Lap 87); Josh Richards (Laps 88-93); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 94-100)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal
Margin of Victory: 0.381 seconds
Cautions: Rick Rickman (Lap 2); Chad Thrash (Lap 14); Kyle Bronson (Lap 21); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 38); Chris Wall (Lap 42); Jimmy Owens (Lap 53); Jimmy Owens (Lap 59); Neil Baggett (Lap 67)
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Spencer Hughes, Gavin Landers
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Spencer Hughes (Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Scott Bloomquist
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson 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: Taylon Center (Hudson O’Neal)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #2 – 13.5402 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (63 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Tim McCreadie
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Earl Pearson, Jr.
Time of Race: 50 minutes 13 seconds

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
6
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$20,700
2
11
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$10,700
3
3
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$7,000
4
9
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$4,800
5
5
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,200
6
1
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$3,400
7
12
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$2,900
8
7
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$2,900
9
8
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$1,900
10
23
10
Spencer Hughes
Meridian, MS
$1,750
11
13
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$2,350
12
18
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,600
13
10
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$2,250
14
14
18X
Jack Sullivan
Greenbrier, AR
$1,500
15
16
14z
Zach McMillan
Gladewater, TX
$1,450
16
24
77
Gavin Landers
Batesville, AR
$1,400
17
15
21xxx
Neil Baggett
Columbus, MS
$1,350
18
2
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$2,100
19
20
71w
Chris Wall
Springfield, LA
$1,250
20
21
90
Brian Rickman
Columbus, MS
$1,200
21
22
d8
Mike Palasini, Jr.
Leland, MS
$1,200
22
4
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,900
23
19
1C
Chad Thrash
Meridian, MS
$1,200
24
17
86
Rick Rickman
Columbus, MS
$1,200

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