Don O'Neal Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion
PEAK Driver, Don O'Neal clinched his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship this weekend at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio! The 34th edition of the Dirt Track World Championship took place at PRP with a $50,000 check waiting for the winner. On Friday night, Don knocked down the nineteenth quickest lap in Group B during the qualifying session, but later stormed from the seventh starting spot in his heat race to take home the prelim triumph over Jason Feger and Frank Heckenast, Jr. Following a rain-out on Saturday evening, the conclusion of the DTWC took place on Sunday afternoon on the banks of the Ohio River. Don started the 100-lap crown jewel main event from the outside of the third row and made his way up to as high as second in the running order. After slipping back a few spots in the waning laps, the popular driver known as "The Real Deal" bagged a solid fourth place effort behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier, Jr., and Jimmy Owens. With the top five finish, Don was officially crowned the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion by 65 markers over Owens.
Don's boss, Clint Boywer, finished third at Talladega.