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No stranger to going head to head with some of the best national and regional touring stars, Neal has had successful stints with both the USMTS Modifieds along with the IMCA Derry Brother Series for Late Models, and is looking forward to the competition of the MLRA Series.
The now 28 year-old began his racing career in 2005, learning against some of the elite modified teams competing on the USMTS tour. Racing with the nation's best week in and week out helped Neal to get to where he is today, although he admits it has not been an easy road. "I kinda wish we had taken some stepping stones with the modified path like we are doing with the late model. We probably would have learned a lot more and not been so overwhelmed, but we won some modified races, so it didn't turn out too bad," commented Neal.
Neal continued with his full time modified aspirations through 2009 and scaled back his racing operation considerably in 2012 before hooking up with a local car owner in 14' to pilot a B-Modified. With the itch fully back, Neal returned to the modified ranks on a full time basis in 15' before making the next jump into late models the following year.
Neal found near instant success with his move to the powerful late models in 16' knocking down double digit wins primarily at the Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, IA as well as finding victory lane at Maquoketa Speedway. The success Neal enjoyed would again provide another stepping stone as he set out in 2017 in pursuit of the IMCA Derry Brothers Late Model Series Championship. "We led a lot of Derry races but just could not seal the deal on them. We finished 2nd in the Derry Series points, losing out on the title by just 4 points after we led most of the season," said Neal.
2018 marked the move for Neal to the open late model ranks, running in a limited number of MLRA and national late model events. He recorded a series best run of 6th at the Salina Highbanks in Salina, OK but it was his first MLRA start that helped to provide the team with some early confidence.
Just one day after failing to make the show at Davenport Speedway, Neal laid down a solid qualifying performance and was able to race his way into the Slocum 50 at West Burlington, IA-among a star studded field of 37 late models. Neal said, "It was a pretty cool feat to make that show with the likes of Shannon Babb and other guys of that caliber there."
The experience gained in 2018 is something he feels will benefit his team as they chase after Sunoco Rookie honors. "We learned a lot compared to the IMCA cars. The open stuff is a huge jump--we didn't think it was going to be quite that big. The speed ratio is probably 20 mph faster, but it's been a fun experience, just tough," commented Neal.
His regional touring experiences however will provide him with some insight into a majority of the tracks on this years MLRA slate. He is excited to return to tracks like West Liberty Raceway and the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. "We had a really good run at Dubuque in the Derry Series. We led a lot of laps and just got passed late in lapped traffic."
Neal will start off his MLRA Sunoco Rookie Campaign with an XR-1 Rocket Chassis powered by a Scott Bailey Racing Engine. Primary sponsorship will come from Prevost Racing of Billings, MT in addition to support from Neal's Automotive, Henry-Hobscheidt Motors of Plattsmouth, NE and B Bar R Trucking.
Helping pit side is a crew consisting of his father Scott Neal, Taurean Winston, and supporters Phil and Mary Prevost.
Neal will get his first opportunity of the season when the Lucas Oil Speedway welcomes the MLRA Series for a double header weekend on April 12th -13th. The weekend will feature a pair of $3,000 to win shows at the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks", an event that historically has produced large fields of talented drivers and teams.
For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.
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White Returning to Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour With Dustin's Dream and Life of Hope Ministries on Board
Inside Line Promotions - LINDSAY, Okla. (March 6, 2019) - Harli White is about to embark upon her third consecutive season as a full-time competitor on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
White has tabbed veteran racer Johnny Herrera to serve as the crew chief and she's thrilled to welcome Dustin's Dream and Life of Hope Ministries as primary marketing partners.
"We're proud to showcase Dustin's Dream and Life of Hope Ministries, whose missions we're promoting across the country thanks to the support of Green Country Farms," she said. "Steve Butler and his family own Green Country Farms and have been around modified racing for a long time. Steve's raced and sponsored modifieds, but this is his first time being a part of sprint car racing. I raced his modified last year and we've become close friends and now he's supporting our race team."
Dustin's Dream, which was created in honor of the life of Dustin Chamberlain, conducts international medical mission trips, provides scholarships for students entering the field of healthcare and partners with like-minded organizations to improve the welfare of at-risk families locally and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.DustinsDream.net.
Life of Hope Ministries works to better the lives of homeless children by providing them with an education, as well as emotional, physical and spiritual support. For more information, visit https://www.lifeofhope.org/.
White is also welcoming Choice Builders, Peak Energy, FK Rod Ends and Cole Agency to the team as new marketing partners.
"We've been very fortunate to continue to grow our team with not only new sponsors, but a lot of the existing people and companies that have supported us year after year," she said. "We're very grateful for the support and we're looking forward to achieving a lot of success this year."
The ASCS National Tour season is scheduled to begin March 15-16 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, during the 46th annual ASCS Spring Nationals.
White stayed busy throughout the offseason as she competed in 410ci winged sprint car events from late December through late February in Australia. It marked her second time racing overseas.
"I want to thank Terry Cutts Racing and family for bringing me out," she said. "Also, thanks to Geoff Murphy for being a great crew chief, the Scardifield Family for taking care of me and the crew that helped on the car - Steven, Scruffy and Zora. Thanks to all of the fans and the race tracks for all of their support as well. I'm excited that I'll be heading back to Australia in November to race again."
White posted a pair of top-five finishes to highlight the action in Australia. She also added two seventh-place runs along with numerous other positive results.
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March 15-16 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the 46 th annual ASCS Spring Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc.
Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc., is an oilfield truck hauling business located in Lindsay, Okla.
"Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc., which is owned by my dad, has been going for 20-plus years," Harli White said. "My dad works very hard. He is my main sponsor so I can't thank Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc., enough for the enormous support."
White would also like to thank Dustin's Dream, Life of Hope Ministries, Lucas Oil Products, Inc., The Mower Shop, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, PXP Racewear, Choice Builders, Peak Energy, FK Rod Ends, Cole Agency, Allstar Performance, Jerry Tucker Roustabout, LLC, Donnie Ray Crawford Legacy Foundation, Shiners Hospitals for Children, Mach-1 Chassis and Chick Magnet Motorsports for their continued support.
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