Hudson O’Neal Pilots Rocket1 Racing Entry to Pair of Volusia Triumphs
WoO at Smoky Mountain Speedway Up Next

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (02/20/23) – Hudson O’Neal banked two victories last week at Volusia Speedway Park aboard his Rocket1 Racing / Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Included in the wins were a $7,000 triumph on Monday night in DIRTcar Super Late Model action along with a thrilling $20,000 victory from the 23rd-starting position in Saturday’s World of Outlaws (WoO) Case Late Model Series event. The Saturday WoO win was the first of his career and pushed his overall win total to four on the season.

“(We have) a great crew that never gives up man. I drove my heart out,” said O’Neal in Victory Lane on Saturday night after charging from the 23rd-starting spot to get the $20,000 victory. “I knew whenever we started passing cars there early, the first caution came out (on lap four) and I was running like 12th, and I was like, ‘Oh man!’ What an awesome crew I have. You know I messed up a little bit qualifying and just got us buried, fought it all night. And we just continued to work on the race car all night long and just continued to get it better and better and better. Finally, right before that feature, Mark (Richards) just said, he said, ‘You'll just have to get up on the wheel. It's up to you now.’

“Somebody told me earlier today (Saturday) that I had the chance to be the 100th winner,” O’Neal noted. “Yeah, it's special. I've came close to winning these races before, just never have been able to quite pull it off and how fitting to do it with Mark (Richards) and the history he has with the World of Outlaws. It's cool. We're happy. It's going to make the drive home a little bit better tonight for sure.”

Hudson O’Neal took the Rocket1 Racing No. 1 Late Model into battle at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) on Monday afternoon to compete in the 52nd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals.

With the 46-car field split into four groups for qualifying, O’Neal recorded the third-fastest time in his group before placing second in his heat. Locked into the sixth-starting position for the feature, Hudson wasted no time working his way forward as he slid underneath Nick Hoffman following a lap-5 restart to overtake third.

Stealing the lead on lap 15 with a nifty third-to-first move in turns three and four, O’Neal controlled the remainder of the 25-lapper to claim his third straight victory and a $7,000 prize. He finished 0.977 seconds ahead of Tim McCreadie with Chris Madden, Nick Hoffman, and Ricky Thornton Jr. completing the Top-5 finishers.

For Tuesday’s $7,000-to-win preliminary night, Hudson's second-place finish in his heat race positioned him on the sixth row for the feature. Climbing through the field eight positions, O'Neal recorded a third-place finish, which came behind Tim McCreadie and Bobby Pierce.

On Wednesday for a trio of preliminary features, O’Neal followed up the second-fastest qualifying effort with a third-place finish in the 20-lap prelim, despite having to overcome a flat tire late in the feature.

With the remainder of the week shifting under the World of Outlaws (WoO) Case Late Model Series sanction on Thursday, Hudson secured his spot into the show with a runner-up finish in his heat. Securing another top-five finish in the 40-lap feature, O’Neal advacing two spots to place fifth.

After taking part in time trials on Friday, wet weather axed the program before the start of the third heat.

Despite getting a slow start to the evening on Saturday, O’Neal raced his way into the DIRTcar Nationals finale with a runner-up finish in his B-Main. Charging from the 12th row, Hudson overtook late pacesetter Devin Moran on lap 45 and led the remaining five circuits to capture the $20,000 paycheck and his fourth win of the 2023 campaign. Moran, Ricky Thornton Jr., Tim McCreadie, and Brandon Sheppard trailed him across the line in route to his first-career World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victory.

Full results from the events are available at and .

The team will be idle this week before traveling to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) on March 3 – 4 for the WoO Tennessee Tipoff doubleheader at the newly reconfigured oval. The program posts a $10,000 winner’s check on Friday and a $15,000 top prize on Saturday.

For more information on the weekend, please visit .

Rocket1 Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Durham Racing Engines, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Gunter’s Honey, Performance Grading, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts & Decals, WR1 Sim Chassis, O’Neal’s Salvage & Recycling, Sweet Manufacturing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Accu-Force Shock Service, ATL Fuel Cells, Aurora Rod Ends, Barnes Dry Sump Oil Systems, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Brinn Transmissions, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, CP Carrillo, Dohm Cycles, Edelbrock, Fibreworks Composites, Hardrock Powder Coating, Howe Racing Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Kenny’s Components, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD, E3 Spark Plugs, Tel Tac, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Powers Performance, Performance Rod & Custom, Quarter Master, QuickCar Racing Products, Rocket Pre-Owned Motors, Safecraft, Show Trucks Unlimited, Simpson, Stealth Carburetors, Strange Oval, Suave Talk, Total Power Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing, Wiles Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Xceldyne Valvetrain, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Cory Hedgecock Registers $3,023 Victory in 411 Motor Speedway’s Sweetheart
Claims Second-Straight Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Title

LOUDON, Tenn. (02/20/23) – Cory Hedgecock continued his early season speed with a $3,023 victory on Saturday in 411 Motor Speedway’s Sweetheart with his W.E. Hardscapes & Masonry / Noble Knights Construction Services / No. 23 Currin Construction / BMF Race Car / Eagle Racing Engine Super Late Model.

His second win of the season also clinched Cory’s second-straight Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series title.

“We set fast time and after a really good battle with Hayden Cardwell, we were able to steal the top spot and get the win. We were also able to wrap up the (Crate Racin’ USA) Winter Series title by over 30 points in a short series,” Hedgecock shared. “We’re going to be building new BMF Race Cars in the shop this week and next, before getting back in the driver’s seat at Smoky Mountain (Speedway) on March 3-4.”

To wrap up the Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series, Cory Hedgecock made the short trip to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) on Saturday afternoon to pilot his Noble Knights Construction Services No. 23 BMF Race Car Late Model in the annual Sweetheart.

With time trials setting the grid for the A-Main, Hedgecock topped the 38-car field with a 14.476-second qualifying lap. Wrestling the lead away from fellow front-row starter Hayden Cardwell on lap 31, Cory led the remainder of the 40-lapper to claim his second win of the season and second-straight Winter Shootout Series title.

He bagged a $3,023 payday ahead of Cardwell, Jason Welshan, Mack McCarter, and Rusty Ballenger.

Full results from the weekend are available at .

The team now looks ahead to the 10th annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic with the World of Outlaws (WoO) CASE Late Model Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 3-4. Friday’s program posts a $10,000 top prize, while Saturday’s finale boasts a $15,000 winner’s check.

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Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Eagle Racing Engines, Noble Knights Construction Services, Vineyard Enterprises, W.E. Hardscapes & Masonry, Currin Construction, E-Z-GO, BMF Racecars, Circle H Services, CH Enterprises, STI Trucking, SFP Performance Systems, Brucebilt Performance, Cobb’s Auto Parts, Pro-Fabrication, Earnhardt Technologies, Strange Oval, Quickcar Racing Products, Hoosier Tire, Wilwood, Martel Signs, Hypercoils, Bilstein, Powers Machine, VP Racing Fuels, Winters Performance, Keyser Manufacturing, MyRacePass Marketing & Website Services, along with my family and crew, Mom, Dad, Wesley, Katie, Lily, and Shelby.

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