Don O’Neal Wins Second Career Pittsburgher

IMPERIAL, PA (October 5, 2019) – Don O’Neal won his second Pittsburgher 100 in the last three years on Saturday Night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. In taking home the $20,000 first place prize, he also earns his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of 2019 and became the 18th different Series winner this season. Davenport led from the start of the race and appeared to be on the way to his first Pittsburgher 100 victory. Throughout the latter half of the event, he fought off O’Neal’s constant challenges, but was pulling away when a caution came out for a stalled car in turn four. Under the lap 93 caution, Davenport slowed to a stop in the middle of the backstretch, and was pushed back to the hot pit area to add fuel to his Longhorn Chassis. Earl Pearson Jr. charged from the 23rd stating spot to finish second behind O’Neal. Tim McCreadie rallied from two pitstops to finish in third. Jimmy Owens fought his way back to finish fourth after tangling with another car just shy of half way and having to restart at the tail, and 2-time Pittsburgher 100 winner, Gregg Satterlee, rounded out the top five. Davenport sprinted to the lead at the start of the race with Hudson O’Neal and Shanon Buckingham following in second and third. That trio held the top-three positions for the first ten laps of the race. Don O’Neal then began to challenge his 19-year-old son in a battle for second. The two O’Neal’s ran side-by-side for several circuits in the race for second behind Davenport who was building a commanding lead over the field. After clearing his son, Don O’Neal began to track down Davenport. By lap 70 he had pulled his car alongside of Davenport’s in the battle for the top spot. Don O’Neal used the late-race restart to pull away from a hard-charging Pearson to pick up the 46th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of his career. “Man, I needed this win bad. We have a had a good car over the last month. I am pumped! Our car was better on the long green flag runs. I thought I could get by Jonathan a couple times late in the race. I tried to make him [Davenport] run a little bit harder than he wanted to and I wanted him to know I was there. My car kept wanting to die on the last caution, so I am glad the race ended when it did.” Pearson was pleased with his well-earned finish. “We had a pretty good run tonight. We struggled all night before the feature and changed a lot on the car after the B-Main. We are definitely proud that all of our hard work paid off. The track was racy, and you could move all around it. Congratulations to Don on the win. It’s pretty crazy how these 100 lap races turn out sometimes with the veteran guys running up front.” McCreadie charged back late in the race to join O’Neal and Pearson on the Lucas Oil podium. “I don’t know what cut the tire down earlier in the race. My car was really crooked for the early part of the race and that was making it hard on the left rear. The car got better after we pitted.” The winner’s Clint Bowyer Racing, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and is sponsored by DEKALB Asgrow, Crawford Outdoor, Cometic Gasket, Ford Performance, Ditzfeld Transfer, Integra Racing Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Peak Antifreeze and Coolant. Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Billy Moyer Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, and Hudson O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, October 5th, 2019  
Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway – Imperial, PA
Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tim McCreadie / 18.696 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport / 18.713 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Tim McCreadie, Jacob Hawkins, Ryan Montgomery, Johnny Scott, Doug Drown, Mike Marlar, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jon Hodgkiss, Dylan Yoder-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Michael Norris, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer, Jr., Josh Richards, Tyler Erb ®, Kyle Bronson, Andrew Wylie, Reid Millard, Trever Feathers

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Don O’Neal, Stormy Scott, Colton Flinner, Chub Frank, Chuck Kimble, Derek Stefanick, Mason Zeigler

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Hudson O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran ®, Jared Miley, Gary Stuhler, Dan Angelicchio, Bryan Bernheisel, Joe Kienzle, Kelvin Kohan-DNS

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease 
B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tyler Erb ®, Johnny Scott, Mike Marlar, Kyle Bronson, Doug Drown, Earl Pearson, Jr., Andrew Wylie, Reid Millard, Jon Hodgkiss-DNS, Trever Feathers-DNS, Dylan Yoder-DNS

FAST Shafts 
B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Chub Frank, Scott Bloomquist, Bryan Bernheisel, Dan Angelicchio, Gary Stuhler, Chuck Kimble, Derek Stefanick, Joe Kienzle, Mason Zeigler-DNS, Kelvin Kohan-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):FINISHSTARTCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNEARNINGS165Don O’NealMartinsville, IN$20,0002231Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL$10,8003539Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$6,7004820Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$4,8005722Gregg SatterleeIndiana, PA$3,5006171TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX$3,30071121Billy Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR$2,8008200Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN$2,0009249Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$3,00010471Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$2,450111514Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$2,45012150Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$2,30013181*Chub FrankBear Lake, PA$1,550142440BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$2,200151610Jared MileySouth Park, PA$1,45016191stJohnny ScottLas Cruces, NM$1,400171448Colton FlinnerAllison Park, PA$1,35018102sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM$2,000191312Ryan MontgomeryFairmont, WV$1,2502021157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN$1,20021121mDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH$1,9002298Jacob HawkinsFairmont, WV$1,2002322119Bryan BernheiselJonestown, PA$1,20024372Michael NorrisSarver, PA$1,200
Race Statistics
Entrants
: 37
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 93); Don O’Neal (Laps 94 – 100)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Don O’Neal
Margin of Victory: 0.644 seconds
Cautions: Tim McCreadie (Lap 6); Debris (Lap 15); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 26); Jimmy Owens, Hudson O’Neal (Lap 48); Devin Moran (Lap 55); Ryan Montgomery (Lap 62); Stormy Scott (Lap63); Josh Richards (Lap 93); Johnny Scott (Lap 99)
Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Kyle Bronson
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Advanced 21 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Brian Leonberg (Don O’Neal)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #7 – 19.209 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led
: Jonathan Davenport (93 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Shanon Buckingham
Time of Race: 73 minutes 11 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:POSCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNPOINTSEARNINGS149Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA7840$268,837.60239Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY7395$159,215.08314Josh RichardsShinnston, WV7280$180,962.5741TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX7225$178,566.34520Jimmy OwensNewport, TN7140$217,802.7061mDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH6935$127,040.03771Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN6900$167,227.5981Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL6885$147,286.31940BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL6215$106,390.001050Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN6180$92,620.00112sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM5870$73,430.001221Billy Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR5645$67,815.00135Don O’NealMartinsville, IN5160$82,525.00
*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*
About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showcases the talents of the top dirt late model drivers from across the country.  In 2019, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction 65 events across 22 states, including some of the biggest marquee events in the industry, providing dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door racing action lap after lap.  The series receives national exposure through a television package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will broadcast on four networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.    The in your face excitement of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is second to none in motorsports. For more information, including the latest news, tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
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MONOPOLI AND GORHAM, JR. TOP PRO TRUCKS & SPORTSMAN AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

MONOPOLI TAKES 2019 PRO TRUCK TITLE

Auburndale Speedway returned to action Saturday night with great early fall weather and a nice crowd of fans who were ready for a pair of 50-lap contests for the Pro Trucks and the Sportsman cars. The Pro Truck event would be the season finale for the class.

Time trials for the Pro Trucks saw young Carter “Mac n’ Cheese” Brown pull off a big surprise by setting fast time for the first time in his career. His lap of 14.597 seconds topped the laps of Cody McDuffie, Brey Holmes, Becca Monopoli and Danny Anderson.

The top four qualifiers were inverted for the start placing Monopoli on the pole flanked by Holmes. Monopoli jumped out to a quick lead with McDuffie following into second only to see the yellow flag out at the end of lap one for a Bryton Horner spin in turn one. Monopoli and McDuffie took off again on the restart as Danny Anderson slipped by Holmes for third spot.

Monopoli and McDuffie broke cleanly away from the field with Monopoli eventually stretching her lead to almost a full straight over McDuffie until the next caution of the race flew on lap 39 when J. R. Garcia stopped in turn two. Garcia pitted and returned but ran just one more circuit before dropping out.

Holmes slipped by Anderson for third on the restart as Monopoli again pulled away before the final caution came out on lap 46 for a turn two spin by William Kerns. Monopoli easily pulled away to take the win over McDuffie, Holmes, Brown and Anderson. Sixth place went to Jacob Nicoletti trailed by Kristin Clements, Rodney Tower, Colt Cecil, Jody Gill, Kerns, Garcia and Horner.

For Monopoli it was her third win here in the four Pro Truck races run and it earned her the 2019 track championship. The 30-year-old now has 14 track titles to her credit in her nine year racing career.

Just eight cars showed up for the Sportsman contest and the night belonged to George Gorham, Jr. who set quick time and was slated to start fourth in the feature race. The event was red-flagged almost immediately as outside pole sitter Adam Briggs had the throttle stick on his car and he slammed hard into the turn two wall. Briggs was unhurt but the same could not be said about his racer.

With Briggs out, Gorham started from the outside pole and that was all she wrote. The 50 laps ran green to checker and Gorham was easily the class of the field winning by over a full straight. Brett Jenkins was a distant second followed by Charlie Brown. Fourth was taken by Shawn Harper who finished ahead of Ross Francisco, Jamie Kennedy, Tom Zimmerman and Briggs.

Jimmy McLeod led the first two laps of the V-8 Bomber feature before Brandon Love took over looking for his second straight win. James Wright III closed in and the pair battled for several laps before coming together in turn four during the 13th lap. Love pitted with a flat right front tire and did not return to action. Wright had the top spot for the restart and sped away for his sixth win of the season. Ronnie Abney returned from a lap one flat tire to score a second place run while McLeod earned his first podium finish of the year. Bubba Healey claimed fourth ahead of Jason Sopczak, Brian Harbin, Bud Reed, Love and Danny Burchfield. Jamie Castleberry did not start. Wright also won the heat race.

Many of the V-8 Bomber drivers also entered the Pure Stock class but no one had anything for Matt McCrary. McCrary zipped by newcomer Ryan Thompson, Jr. on lap nine the raced his way to his second consecutive victory. Thompson had a fine run for second ahead of James Wright III who put his V-8 Bomber on the podium a second time on the night. Jammie Dunnahoe, Jr. had a good late run as the “Wild Child” took the checker in fourth ahead of Aaron Holmes, Bubba Healey, Jason Sopczak, Brian Harbin and Jimmy McLeod. Holmes won the heat race.

Guy Kolmel caught and passed early leader Eli Thompson on lap ten then ran off to his fifth Scrambler win of the year. Thompson held on for the runner-up spot with heat winner Fred Wilson third ahead of 11-year-old Trenton Henick, Guy Kolmel, Sr. and Bubba Healey.

Wilson Martins, Jr. got by Russell Bush on lap seven then went on to score his 7th Mini Cup victory making him the winningest driver so far this year at Auburndale Speedway. Bush held on for second over Leandro Martins, Maria Martins and Bryton Horner.

Chris Narramore, Jr. won both the Mini Stock heat and feature. For Narramore it was win number four on the year as he led David McCaig, Tav Gary and Freddy Martin to the checkered flag.

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