MLRA: O'Neal Takes Cornhusker's
Paycheck at I-80
|Don O'Neal after a huge win in the 80-lap "Silver Dollar
Nationals" main event at I-80 Speedway at Nebraska Raceway Park. (Mike Ruefer)
Lucas Oil MLRA
GREENWOOD, Neb. - July 23.
Saturday night wrapped up the Inaugural "Silver Dollar Nationals" weekend at I-80 Speedway. Don O'Neal, driving the
Moring Motorsports #1 MasterSbilt slid past Chris Simpson on a lap 32 restart to take the lead. O'Neal never looked
back, leading the final 48 laps to score the $25,000 payday.
"I got a good run on that
restart and got close to him," said O'Neal in AAA Missouri Victory Lane. "He was
going in high. He had to slow down a little bit getting high, when I got a good run there across the middle,
and give him a good slide job."
Behind leader Chris Simpson (32), it's a mad scramble
between #21 Bill Moyer, #28 Jimmy Mars, and #19 Austin Hubbard. (Mike Ruefer)
Don O'Neal gets a good run on the top side of early leader
Chris Simpson to take the lead at I-80. Simpson faded back to sixth over the closing
For O'Neal, a regular with the Lucas Oil late Model Dirt Series,
this was a time for him to get out of the MasterSbilt house car and into the Illinois-based Moring
Motorsports owned #1. "We haven't raced this car in a while, and to come over here a win this deal is a big
thing. I've got to thank Larry Moring and Ronnie Stuckey and everybody involved with this racing
Lookiing as strong as he has all season, Georgia veteran
Dale McDowell drives #17m to the low side of #25 Chad Simpson and a fading Billy Moyer on his way to second
place. (Lloyd Collins)
20th starting Brian Birkhofer rolls under #21 Travis
Dickes on his way to an impressive third place showing at I-80 Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)
After Simpson launched into the lead, outside pole starter
O'Neal was content to wait the leader out as he battled early with Austin Hubbard and Billy Moyer, who had
advanced rapidly from his tenth place start. Moyer would later slow on the track and pull off, while
Hubbard stayed inside the top five throughout to finish fourth, finally giving up the third spot to 20th
starting Brian Birkhofer.
The Silver Dollar Nationals is O'Neal's sixth victory of the
season. He made headlines earlier in the year by winning the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway, paying
Tim McCreadie and #25 Chad Simpson in action at I-80
Speedway before finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.(Mike Ruefer)
Dale McDowell, one of 10 MalvernBank.com heat race winners on
Friday, finished second in the 80-lap race. Brian Birkhofer advanced from his 20th starting position to
Earlier in the evening, two 17-lap, last chance qualifiers
were contested. Kelly Boen and Jason McBride each earned victories. Al Humphrey, Dan Schlieper, R.C.
Whitwell, and Denny Eckrich all transferred as well.
Racing only sporadically this season, Kelly Boen, driving
a Pannell Motorsports #33, races #31 Jason Utter at I-80 Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
Don O'Neal confers with Louisiana setup specialist Ronnie
Stuckey before his big triumph in the "Silver Dollar Nationals" at I-80 Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)
I-80 Speedway MLRA "Silver Dollar Nationals"
1) Don O'Neal, 2) Dale McDowell, 3) Brian Birkhofer, 4) Austin
Hubbard, 5) Jimmy Mars, 6) Chris Simpson, 7) Tim McCreadie, 8) Chad Simpson, 9) Jesse Stovall, 10)
Kelly Boen, 11) Clint Smith, 12) Al Purkey (prov.), 13) Billy Moyer, Jr., 14) Al Humphrey, 15) John
Anderson, 16) Denny Eckrich, 17) Brad Looney, 18) Jason Utter, 19) Dan Schlieper, 20) Tommy Weder, Jr.,
21) Jason McBride, 22) Mike Wiarda (prov.), 23) Bill Koons (prov.), 24) Billy Moyer, 25) David Turner
(prov.), 26) Travis D1ckes, 27) Steve Kempt (prov.), 28) Kyle Berck, 29) R.C. Whitwell, 30) Joe Kosiski
(prov.), 31) Terry Phillips, 32) Bryant Goldsmith (prov.), 33) Leon Zeitner (prov.), 34) Wendell