Don O'Neal at Bluegrass Speedway. (Rick Schwallie)
Series: O'Neal Seals the Deal at Bluegrass Speedway
BARDSTOWN, Ky. - Aug. 28. Finally finishing up front after leading in five of the previous seven events he's
competed in, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind. won his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season
on Saturday at Bluegrass Speedway. The win was also his second career "Bluegrass Classic." O'Neal led all 50
Mike Marlar rolls under Scott Bloomquist on lap six to take over second at
Bluegrass. (Rick Schwallie)
"It's about time we got back to victory lane," said O'Neal, who earned $10,000 for the win. "We have always run
well here, and tonight this was a new car we brought out. I can't thank Tader Masters enough for his support. We
have run really well over the last month and had nothing to show for it, so I'll savor this win for a while," said
O'Neal, who claimed his 14th career Lucas Oil Series win.
"The car drove great all night," O'Neal added. "I could hear (Mike) Marlar a few times and saw his number on the
scoreboard and I knew he would give us a good clean race."
Brian Birkhofer (#15) raised his game over the weekend with a third place at
Bluegrass Speedway to follow up his runner up finish the previous night at Lawrenceburg. Brady Smith drove his #2
to fifth at Bardstown. (Rick
O'Neal, who started on the pole, was a rocket ship all night long as he got the advantage over Scott Bloomquist
heading into turn one on the opening circuit. Marlar was able to get by Bloomquist on lap six. He challenged O'Neal
several times, but just as the leader began to catch the tail-end of the field, the
Steve Francis, #20 Jimmy Owens, and #2 Brady Smith fly three-wide during Lucas Oil
Late Model Series action at Bluegrass Speedway Saturday. (Rick Schwallie)
ten laps as he outran Marlar to the checkers, scoring his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since
February at East Bay Raceway Park.
Marlar in the Wells Racing entry, was able to hold off 11th starting Brian Birkhofer to hang on to second.
Birkhofer took third over Bloomquist and Brady Smith.
Lucas Oil Series - Bluegrass
1) Don O'Neal, 2) Mike Marlar, 3)
Brian Birkhofer, 4) Scott Bloomquist, 5) Brady Smith, 6) Ray Cook, 7) Brad Neat, 8) Dale McDowell, 9)
Jimmy Owens, 10) Earl Pearson Jr. (prov.), 11) Matt Miller, 12) Chris Wall, 13) Dustin Neat, 14) Shane
Clanton, 15) Steve Casebolt, 16) Eric Wells, 17) Steve Francis, 18) Brandon Kinzer, 19) John
Blankenship, 20) Tim Isenberg, 21) Jeff Watson (prov.), 22) Tim Tungate, 23) Dan Schlieper (prov.), 24)
Justin Rattliff, 25) Lee Devasier (prov.) 26) Scott James.
Fast Time (34 entries): O'Neal
(14.772). Heat winners: O'Neal, Marlar, Bloomquist, Smith; B-Main winners: James, Clanton.
Drew England photo