Lucas Oil Series: O'Neal Doubles For the Weekend With "Bluegrass Classic"
|Don O'Neal celebrates the second win of the weekend on the Lucas Oil Series at Bluegrass Speedway Saturday. (Robert
BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Aug. 27. For the second night in a row, Don O’Neal ended up in
victory lane. The 47-year-old Martinsville, Indiana driver started on the pole and led all 50 laps
in winning the 11th annual "Bluegrass Classic" at Bluegrass Speedway.
O’Neal was driving the MasterSbilt House car, and earned $10,000 for the victory
which came on the heels of his win Friday at Lawrenceburg. O’Neal’s 17th career Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series came over Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., Steve Francis
of Ashland, Ky., and Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Ia.
Bub McCool, #25 Dustin Neat, and #11 in close combat just inside the top ten at
Bluegrass Speedway. (Robert Sell)
O’Neal won the race at Bluegrass a year ago made a clean sweep of the night’s
activities as he set fast time, won his heat, got the lead at the start of the race, and held on the rest of
the way. “We had a good qualifying effort, ran the heat race strong and got out front before it became
one-laned, the lapped cars gave us plenty of room, but they started to dice it up, and I didn’t want to make a
mistake,” O'Neal said after the race.
“If you dared to step up out of groove it was going to cost you. We’ve not been
good the last two weeks, but the last three nights we have been real good, Tader, Cody, Randy, Steve and
everybody else back at the shop, thanks to Jerry Jones and his wife for their support.” O’Neal sits third in
the series points standings.
Eric Wells, #23 John Blankenship, and #777 Jared Landers slug it out deep in the
field before taking 16th through 18th, respectively. (Robert Sell)
McDowell finished second at Volunteer Speedway on Thursday was pleased with his
second place run at Bardstown. “With the year we’ve had, to have two second place finishes, just shows you
we never quit. Lawrenceburg didn’t go so good, but tonight the car was good, just not good enough to get
the win, once Don got in front it was pretty much all she wrote,” said the driver of the Crawford Supply, Clint
Bowyer Racing, Rocket Chevrolet.
Bloomquist finished third to close to within 130 points of Jimmy Owens, who
finished sixth for the second night in a row.
Aug. 27 - Lucas Oil Series at Bluegrass Speedway
1) Don O'Neal, 2) Dale McDowell, 3) Scott
Bloomquist, 4) Steve Francis, 5) Brian Birkhofer, 6) Jimmy Owens, 7) Brad Neat, 8) Tyler
Reddick, 9) Dustin Neat, 10) Bub McCool, 11) Scott James, 12) Mike Marlar, 13) Frank Heckenast,
Jr., 14) Daniel Stone, 15) Earl Pearson, Jr., 16) Eric Wells, 17) John Blankenship, 18) Jared
Landers (prov.), 19) Jeff Watson, 20) Tim Rivers, 21) Eric Jacobsen, 22) Tim Tungate, 23) Lee
DeVasier, 24) Mike Jewell, 25) Ray Cook, 26) Justin Rattliff
Fast Time (32 entries): O’Neal (15.185); Heat winners: O’Neal, Birkhofer, McDowell, Francis;
Robert Sell photo