Hudson O’Neal Bests Ocala Speedway Wednesday Night Action
48th annual Wieland Winter Nationals at East Bay Set for this Week

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (02/05/24) Hudson O’Neal continued his early season winning ways with his third triumph of the year on Wednesday night behind the wheel of his Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Rocket1 Racing / Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

His latest voyage to Victory Lane was worth $10,000 in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition at Golden Isles Speedway. The Indiana racer led early before slipping to second. However, he was able to rally back to the lead and the win.

“I just got behind a lapped car down here and he kind of pinched me and I just completely messed up and about spun out. I just tried to move to get by those lapped cars and just couldn’t move you know. I was lucky the caution came back out and let us get back to second there and give it a run. Man, that Clay [Harris] drove a good race and I was just able to sneak by him. There was one time he kind of messed up and got up there and I think he grabbed the backstretch wall,” O’Neal said in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

“That bottom was just really wet, and it just never gave up especially down here in one. No matter how many laps we ran it never really changed colors. So, it just worked out and we were able to get the lead back and just hold on and I was just trying to not miss that bottom the best I could going into one because you really had to slow down and be patient.”

Rejoining the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) at the newly rebranded Ocala (Fla.) Speedway, Hudson O’Neal and Rocket1 Racing were one of 40 teams on hand for the opening round of the two-day Winter Nationals on Tuesday evening.

With a second-place finish in the Earnhardt Technologies Group heat three locking him into the third row for the main event, Hudson shuffled two spots in the 40-lapper to cross the finish line in eighth.

On Wednesday, O’Neal claimed the Allstar Performance Fast Time Award with a 14.012-second lap in time trials before placing first in his heat. Regaining the lead from second-starting Clay Harris on lap 18, Hudson paced the final 23 circuits to claim his second win of the season and the $10,000 payday. His 26th-career LOLMDS triumph came ahead of Harris, Brian Shirley, Ricky Thornton Jr., and Kyle Bronson.

On Friday and Saturday action continued for the LOLMDS contingent with a trip to All-Tech Raceway (Ellisville, Fla.). Friday’s $12,000-to-win event found Hudson winning his heat race to earn the sixth-starting spot for the finale. He raced to as high as the second position in the 50-lap race before ultimately settling into a third-place finish behind Ricky Thornton Jr. and Devin Moran.

On Saturday night, the team ran into mechanical issues during their heat race, which forced them to a backup car in a provisional starting spot for the $15,000-to-win finale. Hudson rallied from the tail of the field to finish 11th at the checkered flag.

Full results from the events are available at .

Speedweeks action for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series continues this Monday – Saturday with the 48th annual Wieland Winter Nationals at East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.).

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, Professional Concrete Cutting & Drilling, Stiles Marine & Maintenance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Fox Racing Shox, 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, Wheeler Metals, 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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Brandon Overton Collects $12,000 Screven Winter Freeze Victory
Invades East Bay Raceway Park for the 48th annual Winter Nationals

EVANS, Ga. (02/05/24) – Brandon Overton piloted his Wells & Sons Motorsports / Harco Construction No. 76 Muscle Factory / Coltman Farms Racing / Longhorn Chassis by Wells Motorsports / Clements Racing Engines - powered Super Late Model to the $12,000 victory on Saturday in the 2024 edition of Screven Motor Speedway’s Winter Freeze.

Overton powered to the lead on lap 34 and went on to pick up his first win of the year.

“I knew (the track) was rubbered. It was honestly rubbered as soon as we went out there,” Overton said in Victory Lane. “By the time I got around Haiden (Cowan), (the track) pretty much bolted down. That’s one of those deals where running second is better than being out front leading. (Smith) drove out of the rubber and we took advantage of it.”

Southern All Star Series competition brought Brandon Overton and the Wells Motorsports team to Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Ga.) over the weekend for the two-day Winter Freeze XIV.

With 34 Late Models on the grounds on Friday, Overton claimed the overall fast time honors with a blistering 14.314-second lap in time trials aboard his Muscle Factory No. 76 Late Model. Starting on the pole for the $3,000-to-win prelim, Brandon dropped one spot in the 30-lap opener to finish second.

On Saturday, Brandon backed up the fastest lap in his time trial group with a second-place finish in his heat race. Lined up fifth for the Winter Freeze XIV finale, Overton drove around pole-starting Garrett Smith on lap 34 and paced the remainder of the 50-lapper to secure his first win of the season and the $12,000 top prize.

He finished 0.751-seconds ahead of Smith with Haiden Cowan rounding out the podium.

Full results from the events are available at .

Overton invades East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) for the 48th annual Wieland Winter Nationals this Monday – Saturday, which is highlighted by six nights of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) action.

Brandon Overton would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Muscle Factory, Wells Motorsports, Garnto Southern Construction, Coltman Farms Racing, Harco Construction, Longhorn Chassis by Wells, Big Dog Stump and Tree, RW Powell Construction, Victory Fuel, Convenient Lube, Supply Chain Management, Big Blue Smoke House, Boswell Oil, Doug Campbell Body Shop, Clements Racing Engines, Penske Shocks, Hoosier by Brian, Top Notch Kustom Koncepts, Victory Fuel, Steering Buddy, Impact Race Gear, Swift Springs, Penn Grade Oil, Quarter Master, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Wilwood, All-Star Performance, Wehrs Machine, Schoenfeld, Winters Performance, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, VP Racing Fuels, Fast Shafts, AFCO Racing Products, COMP Cams, Quickcar Products, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Ricky Thornton Jr. Double Dips in LOLMDS Action at Ocala and All-Tech
Set for Wieland Winter Nationals at East Bay Raceway Park

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (02/05/24) – Ricky Thornton Jr. visited Victory Lane twice last week with his SSI Motorsports / Coltman Farms / Hoker Trucking No. 20RT Dyno One Inc. / Excel Floor Covering / Sub-Surface of Indiana / Longhorn Chassis / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

He snared a thrilling Tuesday night win at Ocala Speedway before wiring the field on Friday night at All-Tech Raceway to increase his early-season win total to three.

“We had a really good week last week. We got wins there at Ocala (Speedway) and All-Tech (Raceway), and then we added a fourth-place finish. Really our only bad luck was the last night at All-Tech Raceway, when I got into the wall and broke the J-bar. Even then though, we were still really fast until we broke,” Thornton Jr. shared. “We’re looking forward to another solid week at East Bay, and we thank everyone who supports our team and makes it all possible.”

Back with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Tuesday at the newly refreshed Ocala (Fla.) Speedway, Ricky Thornton Jr. took the SSI Motorsports No. 20RT Late Model into battle at the Florida oval for the two-day Winter Nationals.

With a heat race victory placing him on the second row for the feature, Ricky tracked down late pacesetter Tyler Erb on lap 38 of the 40-lapper and went on to claim his second win of the season and the $10,000 payday. He finished ahead of Erb, Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, and Mike Marlar.

On Wednesday, Thornton’s third-place finish in his heat race pinned him on the sixth row for the $10,000-to-win Winter Nationals finale. Moving forward seven spots on a track that saw limited passing, Ricky rolled to a fourth-place finish.

Joining a stacked field of 48 LOLMDS entries on Friday at All-Tech Raceway (Lake City, Fla.), Ricky topped his 25-car group in time trials before picking up a heat race victory. Leading flag-to-flag in the 50-lap feature, Thornton steered to his 31st career LOLMDS victory ahead of Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Tyler Bruening, and Jimmy Owens. The $10,000 triumph marked his third win of the young 2024 season.

Thornton's weekend drew to an early close on Saturday at All-Tech after breaking a J-bar on lap 42 of the A-Main after driving from 10th up to third, relegating him to 19th in the finishing order.

Ricky holds a 10-point advantage over Hudson O'Neal atop the LOLMDS point standings.

Full results from the events are available at

The 2024 LOLMDS Speedweeks continues this Monday – Saturday at East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) with the 48th-and-final Wieland Winter Nationals.

Ricky Thornton Jr. would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include: SSI Motorsports, Dyno One, Excel Floor Covering, Coltman Farms, Hoker Trucking, Certified Inspection Service (CSI), High Performance Lubricants, Big River Steel, Van Meter Insurance Group, Varsitee Screen Printing, West Side Tractor Sales Co., Sub-Surface of Indiana, Midwest Sheet Metal, D&E Outside Services, Lethal Chassis, Dylan Earven Foundation, EMD Wraps, Brembo, Keyser Manufacturing, Wiles Driveshafts, Barnes Systems, Strange Oval, Schoenfeld Headers, The Joie of Seating, Earnhardt Technologies, FK Rod Ends, BMRS, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Hoosier Tire, Performance Bodies, Jones Racing Products, Simpson Racing Products, NAPA (Morgantown – Bargersville), Swift Springs, Bilstein, Winning Edge Carburetion, Longhorn Chassis, Clements Racing Engines, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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