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Bloomquist, Madden Take Aim at 2020 World of Outlaws title
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Dec. 12, 2019 — Legendary Dirt Late Model racer Scott Bloomquist and Chris Madden, one of the country’s hottest Dirt Late Model stars, are both returning to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series full time in 2020 with backing from Drydene Performance Products. Their campaign is set to start in January at Vado Speedway Park for the Inaugural Battle at the Border before they head to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Volusia Speedway Park in February.
Bloomquist’s list of accomplishments is staggering and includes the 2004 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship. Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, TN, has more than 600 victories, nine national championships, eight Dirt Late Model Dream victories, four World 100 wins and four Can-Am World Finals checkered flags.
Madden, of Gray Court, SC, has nearly 250 wins in his career and raced the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the World of Outlaws tour, where he finished second and third in the championship. He claimed the Big Gator title at the DIRTcar Nationals in 2018 as well as capturing the Firecracker 100. Madden has also won the first two races of the new Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series this winter.
With Drydene Performance Products announcing sponsorship of Scott Bloomquist Racing on Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry show, the two plan an all-out assault on the 2020 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship, which has been won by Rocket Chassis’ Brandon Sheppard two of the past three seasons, including 2019 when Sheppard tied the all-time win record with 18 victories.
Returning to the World of Outlaws tour, which earlier this week announced a 51-race schedule beginning Jan. 2 at Vado Speedway Park in New Mexico, will present Bloomquist with a number of new venues where he has not raced. That said, Bloomquist was involved in the creation of the new Vado track.
“It’s exciting,” Bloomquist said. “I have such a high-percentage win ratio for my first visits to tracks. It’s in the 70-some percent. There’s a number of tracks I haven’t been to, and I like that, that’s exciting to me. If I can come back and pull off a championship that would be awesome. Hopefully one of us will.”
Madden joined Scott Bloomquist Racing last summer and things quickly clicked. He went on one of the greatest streaks ever in Dirt Late Model racing, including the biggest win of his career, the World of Outlaws $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway, and culminating with a win on the opening night of the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
“Obviously, my goal is to win the championship,” Madden said. “I was close in ’18 and we fell out of five races. If we could go back, and I had not fallen out of those races, we would have got a championship that year. So, I want to win it, and this is the team I want to win it with.”
In addition to Bloomquist and Madden, Drydene last week announced 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Ricky Weiss would also be part of Team Drydene, which also includes World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series drivers Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen plus NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey Lajoie.
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series kicks off the season in just a few weeks with the three-day Battle at the Border at Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM. The event begins Jan. 2 with a practice night followed by three nights of Feature events, culminating in the $15,000-to-win finale on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tickets are available at WorldofOutlaws.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.For all the latest news from the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, make sure to visit WorldofOutlaws.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
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December 11, 2019
Don O'Neal Returns to MasterSbilt Race Cars for Select Events in 2020
(MARTINSVILLE, INDIANA) As the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show quickly approaches this weekend in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, Don O'Neal confirmed today that he will join his son Hudson O'Neal in piloting MasterSbilt racecars during the 2020 racing season! Following a successful six-year stint with Clint Bowyer Racing (CBR), which netted a 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship and several marquee wins including the 2017 'USA Nationals' for $50,000, the 2014 'Show-Me 100' for $30,000, the 2014 'Hillbilly Hundred' for $25,000, the 2014 'Clash at the Mag' for $20,000, and the 2017 & 2019 'Pittsburgher 100' for $20,000 each, Don will return to MasterSbilt Race Cars to wheel a second car for the Crothersville, Indiana-based chassis manufacturer in select events throughout the year.
"Before I get to 2020 plans, I have to thank Clint Bowyer, Casey Bowyer, and Chip Williams, along with my crew chiefs Jeremy Justice, Anthony Burroughs, Brian Leonberg and really everyone associated with CBR for the last six years," quoted the 55-year-old O'Neal today via telephone. "They gave me a tremendous opportunity and we did a lot of great things together during my stint there including getting that 2014 Lucas title. With that being said, returning to MasterSbilt Race Cars and driving for Tader and Jerilyn Masters again feels like I am coming back home. They are family to me and I'm excited to get back behind the wheel of one of their red and yellow #71 cars again next year!"
While full details, sponsorship, and schedule are not near finalized, Don will run as a teammate to his son and new MasterSbilt House Car driver Hudson O'Neal throughout the 2020 campaign. The Martinsville, Indiana star last drove for the Masters family from 2009-2013 when "The Real Deal" racked up multiple crown jewel triumphs including the 2011 'Dirt Late Model Dream' for $100,000, the 2011 'Dirt Track World Championship' for $50,000, the 2012 and 2013 'North/South 100' for $50,000 each, the 2012 'Clash at the Mag' for $20,000, and the 2013 'Jackson 100' for $15,000.
"The first priority next season is Hudson and his efforts on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series," Don continued to say. "I probably won't start my season until later in the spring when racing starts up here around home. Everyone's full focus right now is getting Hudson ready to go for Speedweeks and I'll be down in Georgia and Florida helping him get going. I am looking forward to scaling back a little bit and not running a national touring series full-time, but still being in first-class equipment and being able to compete in select events that I want to run. A huge thank you has to go to Tader and Jerilyn Masters, along with all of their partners and product supporters they have on board, for putting this whole deal together."
As the 2020 season draws closer, more details and a full list of marketing partners will be released. Keep logging onto www.DonOneal71.com, www.HudsonONeal.com, and www.MasterSbilt.com for the latest news and information.
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