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TAMPA, FLA (February 7, 2019) – Hudson O’Neal rallied from a lap ten caution to stun the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series field on Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park.

O’Neal charged ahead of race leader Tyler Erb and second-place-running Earl Pearson Jr. with two laps to go to win night four of the Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil.

Using the top groove, the 18-year-old former Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year beat Pearson to the finish line by just .031 seconds to score his first career win at the “Clay by the Bay.” He and his father Don join Jack and Jackie Boggs as the only other father-son duo to ever win during the East Bay Late Model Winternationals since the event began in 1978.

O’Neal spun in turn four on lap ten to bring out a caution flag. He restarted on the tail and began to make his way through the pack. With six laps to go he was running in ninth, but after Erb and Jonathan Davenport tangled while battling for the lead, the final caution flew for Davenport with 36 laps complete. O’Neal narrowly avoided Davenport whose mangled car was sitting against the wall between turns three and four.

On the restart, O’Neal used Davenport’s line to motor around both Erb and Pearson on the outside. Pearson snuck under Erb and then tried to make a winning move coming off of turn four, but O’Neal nipped Pearson in one of the closest finishes in Winternationals history.

Kyle Bronson led the first eight circuits until Erb, who started third forged ahead. Erb was looking for his third East Bay win of the week and held the advantage through a rash of caution flags. Pearson kept the pressure up on Erb for most of the race which set-up a thrilling finish.

“We had a really good car tonight, we just got caught up in that wreck in turn three early on. I thought I kind of took myself out it,” said the third-generation racer, O’Neal. “I found something up top. I didn’t know if it was good enough to win the race or not. I saw Davenport get up there and then he had his misfortune. I will take any one I can get. He [Davenport] showed me the line. I just took advantage of the leader not knowing what to do.”

“I started off up top, but I wasn’t making up much ground on the leaders,” O’Neal added. “Everything has to fall your way in these races to win. I can’t thank everybody enough on this race team. Thanks to Todd Burns for giving me this opportunity and for bringing me down here. It’s been a pretty tough Speedweeks so far, but tonight has me pumped up for the rest of the week.”

Pearson continued his string of solid performances with a narrow runner-up finish. “Davenport got going up top, but it was awfully treacherous out there. That’s probably one of the closest finishes ever here. I saw Davenport and Erb go out there, but I was going to stay on the bottom. All-in-all it was a good night for the Lucas Oil car.”

Erb looked like he was on his to way to winning for the fourth time this year, but came home in third. “Going to the top could have won me the race. I never saw Jonathan there. It’s just part of racing sometimes. We are just looking forward to the next two nights. We have a really fast car. I am excited to get back here tomorrow night. I just missed the bottom there the last two laps. Congrats to Hudson for coming from so far back to win.”

The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns-owned SSI Motorsports, Longhorn is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: Dyno One, West Side Tractor Sales, Sub-Surface of Indiana, Tarpy Trucking, VP Fuels, and Crawford Outdoor.

Completing the top ten were Tanner English, Morgan Bagley, Brandon Overton, Allen Murray, and Austin Hubbard.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, Fla.

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Mike Benedum / 14.681 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Brian Shirley / 14.848 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Jason Jameson, Hudson O'Neal, Don O'Neal, Mike Benedum, Rusty Schlenk, Colton Horner, Tyler Carpenter, Geoff Carey

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tyler Erb, Ryan King, Austin Hubbard, Allen Murray, Austin Rettig, Shanon Buckingham, Joey Moriarty, Zack Dohm

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Stormy Scott, Tim McCreadie, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer, Jr., Colton Flinner, Johnny Pursley, Joel Callahan, Blair Nothdurft

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Brian Shirley, Brandon Overton, Gregg Satterlee, Devin Dixon, Jonathan Rowan, Freddie Carpenter

Wrisco Industries Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Terry Casey, Justin Williams, Michael Lake, Devin Gilpin, Chad Stapleton, Josh Richards

GEICO Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tanner English, Morgan Bagley, Vic Hill, Jeff Mathews, Matt Cosner, Greg Oakes, Dan Stone, Kerry King

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Allen Murray, Austin Rettig, Billy Moyer, Jr., Shanon Buckingham, Johnny Pursley, Joey Moriarty, Tyler Carpenter, Rusty Schlenk, Blair Nothdurft, Joel Callahan, Zack Dohm, Colton Flinner, Colton Horner, Geoff Carey, Mike Benedum

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Jeff Mathews, Justin Williams, Gregg Satterlee, Devin Dixon, Michael Lake, Greg Oakes, Dan Stone, Jonathan Rowan, Matt Cosner, Chad Stapleton, Freddie Carpenter, Josh Richards-DNS, Devin Gilpin-DNS, Kerry King-DNS

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish: Austin Rettig, Devin Dixon, Billy Moyer Jr., Justin Williams, Shanon Buckingham, Joey Moriarty, Johnny Pursley, Jonathan Rowan, Tyler Carpenter, Dan Stone, Zack Dohm, Freddie Carpenter, Blair Nothdurft, Rusty Schlenk, Joel Callahan

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):

1 13 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $7,000
2 2 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $3,500
3 3 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $2,000
4 17 1M Devin Moran Dresden, OH $1,500
5 1 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,400
6 6 116 Tanner English Benton, KY $1,300
7 12 14m Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $1,200
8 20 2 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $1,100
9 21 2M Allen Murray San Antonio, TX $1,000
10 15 11H Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $950
11 18 1V Vic Hill Mosheim, TN $900
12 10 9 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR $850
13 26 94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO $800
14 11 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $750
15 4 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $725
16 22 33 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL $700
17 7 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $700
18 8 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $700
19 25 25B Mike Benedum Salem, WV $650
20 14 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $625
21 9 1Gk Ryan King Seymour, TN $625
22 5 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruses, NM $600
23 19 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $600
24 16 942 Terry Casey New London, WI $600
25 24 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA  $600
26 23 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV  $600

Race Statistics
Entrants: 49
Lap Leaders: Kyle Bronson (Laps 1 – 7); Tyler Erb (Laps 8 – 38); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 39 – 40)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal
Margin of Victory: 0.031 seconds
Cautions: Hudson O’Neal (Lap 10); Allen Murray (Lap 10); Don O’Neal (Lap 15); Brian Shirley (Lap 15); Ryan King (Lap 17); Tanner English (Lap 22); Brian Shirley (Lap 32); Debris (Lap 34); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 36)
Series Provisionals: Josh Richards, Gregg Satterlee
Wrisco Industries Winternationals Provisional: Mike Benedum
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Provisional: Austin Rettig
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Moran (Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Earl Pearson Jr.
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: *Rookie of the Race will begin after April 1st.*
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Clements Race Engines
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Taylon Center (Hudson O’Neal)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Kyle Bronson (Lap #1 – 16.260 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Josh Richards
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Tyler Erb (32 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Kyle Bronson
Time of Race: 38 minutes 43 seconds

*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Arizona Sport Shirts - The Original Racing Shirt
DirtonDirt.com - All Late Models. All The Time.
Dunn Benson Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - Saving People Money on More than Just Car Insurance
General Tire - Anywhere is Possible
Holmatro - Mastering Power
Hoosier Tire - Tires Designed for Champions
K&N Engineering - "Make your Move" to K&N Performance Filters
Lucas Oil Products - Made in America, SOLD to the World
MAVTV Motorsports Network - MAVTV is Motorsports
Miller Welders - WE BUILD With You
Nitro-Bee PLUS - "The Official Race Receiver" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - The Ultimate Power Source
ProtectTheHarvest.com - Standing up for America's Farmers, Hunters, and Animal Owners
RockAuto.com - All the Parts Your Car Will Ever Need
RhinoAg - Born to Lead
Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
SRI Performance - Your One Stop Shop for All Things Racing
Steel-It - Stainless Steel Coating in a Can
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - Super Easy, Super Fast!
Wrisco Aluminum - 100 Years of Industry Experience

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, Dirty Girl Racewear, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, Keyser Manufacturing, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD Performance, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pro Power Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Slicker Graphics, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Sweet Manufacturing, Swift Springs, Xcelydne Valvetrain, and 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2019, the LOLMDS will sanction 65 events in 22 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

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Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports - from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won't see anywhere else! But that's just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists... from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

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Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV...MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

2020 Championship Points

Points as of 1/23/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stKyle Larson (#6)250
2ndDevin Moran (#9)230
3rdMike Marlar (#157)230
4thJimmy Owens (#20)210
5thTyler Erb (#1T)210
6thBrandon Sheppard (#1s)205
7thGregg Satterlee (#22)195
8thJonathan Davenport (#49)190
9thKyle Bronson (#40B)185
10thBrandon Overton (#76)180

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