Davenport, IA (July 6, 2022) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made its first appearance in 17 years on Wednesday night at the Davenport Speedway and it did not disappoint. Hudson O’Neal scored what will be a contender for race of the year as he barely held off Brandon Overton for his first series win of 2022.
O’Neal took the lead for good on lap 34 and beat Overton by just .589 seconds at the stripe to become the 16th different winner on the series tour this year. Mike Marlar, like O’Neal and Overton, led during the race but finished in third followed by Jimmy Owens and Spencer Hughes.
O’Neal in only his second ever appearance at Davenport is now two-for-two at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds track as he also went to victory lane last July 27 over Overton.
O’Neal jumped to the lead at the start of the 40-lap event, but his lead was short-lived as Overton, who started from the pole took over the lead. Overton held the top spot until the high side running Marlar grabbed the lead on the 13th lap.
Marlar extended his lead over O’Neal and Overton as traffic came into play. O’Neal would take the low route in passing Marlar with six laps to go. Overton followed suit dropping Marlar to third in the closing laps.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 14th time in his career O’Neal, who finished second in last year’s championship points race continues to make strides with his team. “I am feeling a lot of emotions right now. My team has kept digging and digging. I have an awesome support system behind me. It’s nice to finally show what we can do. I am just so excited to get to July and get our first win. It’s tested our patience a lot; we just never give up.”
“We all raced right there the whole race; it was awesome. I just kept trying to pay attention to my signals. I heard them outside of me a couple of times. I tried the top there for one or two laps and it wasn’t any good. I just moved down to the bottom, and I knew if I didn’t miss that bottom, I was going to be ok. I wish they had 10 more races here,” said the 21-year-old Indiana native.
Overton picked up the runner slot just missing a clean sweep for the night. “This is an awesome racetrack. It’s hard to go anywhere and race like this. Thanks to the Kays for bringing Lucas Oil back. Man, it’s a really fun place and its refreshing for sure. Congrats to Hudson, he was patient. I moved down through the middle, but he was way down there.”
Marlar, who returned to the state of Iowa for the first time since winning his third Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals last September, finished in third. “It was an awesome race. I want to thank the Kay family they have done an awesome job with this racetrack. This dirt has a little more grip in it than Knoxville. It’s a little different, but still an awesome track. I used to enjoy racing on the big track as well. We were three-wide on lap 20 and three wide with three to go. My car didn’t run the bottom good; it just kind of skates up the track. The racetrack was just unbelievable.”
The winner’s Roger Sellers owned Double Down Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Lazyday’s RV, O’Neal’s Salvage and Recycling, Lucas Oil Products, Smoky Mountain Speedway, WR1 Sim Chassis, Dynamic Drivelines and Integra Racing Shocks.
Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Ricky Thornton Jr., Ryan Gustin, Brandon Sheppard, and Daulton Wilson.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
Davenport Speedway – Davenport, IA
Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brandon Overton / 13.617 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Mike Marlar / 13.626 seconds
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb; 5. 7W-Ricky Weiss; 6. 18D-Daulton Wilson; 7. 43-Derrick Stewart; 8. 51-Matt Furman; 9. 10J-Jeff Tharp; 10. 15-Justin Duty
Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 71-Hudson O'Neal; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson; 4. 18-Shannon Babb; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening; 7. 15K-Justin Kay; 8. 40C-Joel Callahan; 9. 22-Charlie McKenna
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar; 2. 11-Spencer Hughes; 3. 32S-Chris Simpson; 4. 18H-Nick Hoffman; 5. 25-Chad Simpson; 6. 1ST-Johnny Scott; 7. 21B-Rich Bell; 8. 29D-Spencer Diercks; 9. T22-Tegan Evans
Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 46-Earl Pearson Jr; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 4. 7-Ross Robinson; 5. 97-Cade Dillard; 6. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck; 7. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr; 8. 29-Larry Grube; 9. (DNS) 42-Johnathan Huston
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin; 2. 7W-Ricky Weiss; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening; 4. 15K-Justin Kay; 5. 18D-Daulton Wilson; 6. 51-Matt Furman; 7. 15-Justin Duty; 8. 43-Derrick Stewart; 9. 22-Charlie McKenna; 10. 40C-Joel Callahan; 11. 10J-Jeff Tharp
UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25-Chad Simpson; 2. 97-Cade Dillard; 3. 1ST-Johnny Scott; 4. 21B-Rich Bell; 5. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck; 6. 29D-Spencer Diercks; 7. 29-Larry Grube; 8. T22-Tegan Evans; 9. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr; 10. (DNS) 42-Johnathan Huston
Davenport Speedway Feature Finish (40 Laps):