Hudson O’Neal Takes Thursday Night Photo Finish Win At East Bay

Photos by Jim DenHamer.

Hudson O’Neal rallied from a lap ten caution to stun the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series field on Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park. O’Neal charged ahead of race leader Tyler Erb and second-place-running Earl Pearson Jr. with two laps to go to win night four of the Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil.

Battle for lead (1) Tyler Erb and (49) Jonathan Davenport.

Left: Battle for lead in closing laps with (1) Earl Pearson Jr., and (71) Hudson O'Neal. Right: (1) Devin Moran and (71) Hudson O'Neal.

Race Summary: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Thursday, February 7th, 2019. East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, Fla.

Miller Welders Time Trials: 

  • Fast Time Group A: Mike Benedum / 14.681 seconds (overall)
  • Fast Time Group B: Brian Shirley / 14.848 seconds

(39) Tim McCreadie, (20) Jimmy Owens, and (3) Brian Shirley.

Left: (71) Hudson O'Neal and (49) Jonathan Davenport. Right: (1) Earl Pearson Jr., and (40) Kyle Bronson.

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Jason Jameson, Hudson O’Neal, Don O’Neal, Mike Benedum, Rusty Schlenk, Colton Horner, Tyler Carpenter, Geoff Carey.

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tyler Erb, Ryan King, Austin Hubbard, Allen Murray, Austin Rettig, Shanon Buckingham, Joey Moriarty, Zack Dohm.

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Stormy Scott, Tim McCreadie, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer, Jr., Colton Flinner, Johnny Pursley, Joel Callahan, Blair Nothdurft.

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Brian Shirley, Brandon Overton, Gregg Satterlee, Devin Dixon, Jonathan Rowan, Freddie Carpenter.

Wrisco Industries Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Terry Casey, Justin Williams, Michael Lake, Devin Gilpin, Chad Stapleton, Josh Richards.

GEICO Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tanner English, Morgan Bagley, Vic Hill, Jeff Mathews, Matt Cosner, Greg Oakes, Dan Stone, Kerry King.

(2) Stormy Scott, (116) Tanner English, and (3) Brian Shirley.

Left: (14) Morgan Bagley and (9) Terry Casey. Right: (11) Austin Hubbard and (49) Jonathan Davenport.

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Allen Murray, Austin Rettig, Billy Moyer, Jr., Shanon Buckingham, Johnny Pursley, Joey Moriarty, Tyler Carpenter, Rusty Schlenk, Blair Nothdurft, Joel Callahan, Zack Dohm, Colton Flinner, Colton Horner, Geoff Carey, Mike Benedum.

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Jeff Mathews, Justin Williams, Gregg Satterlee, Devin Dixon, Michael Lake, Greg Oakes, Dan Stone, Jonathan Rowan, Matt Cosner, Chad Stapleton, Freddie Carpenter, Josh Richards-DNS, Devin Gilpin-DNS, Kerry King-DNS

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish: Austin Rettig, Devin Dixon, Billy Moyer Jr., Justin Williams, Shanon Buckingham, Joey Moriarty, Johnny Pursley, Jonathan Rowan, Tyler Carpenter, Dan Stone, Zack Dohm, Freddie Carpenter, Blair Nothdurft, Rusty Schlenk, Joel Callahan.

(33) Jeff Matthews, (94) Austin Rettig, and (71) Hudson O’Neal.

Left: (33) Jeff Matthews, (1) Vic Hill, (25) Mike Benedum, and (3) Brian Shirley. Right: (14) Morgan Bagley, (49) Jonathan Davenport, and (39) Tim McCreadie.

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1 (13) #71 Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN, $7,000; 2 (2) #1 Earl Pearson, Jr., Jacksonville, FL, $3,500; 3 (3) #1T Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX, $2,000; 4 (17) #1M Devin Moran, Dresden, OH, $1,500; 5 (1) #40B Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL, $1,400; 6 (6) #116 Tanner English, Benton, KY, $1,300; 7 (12) #14m Morgan Bagley, Gladewater, TX, $1,200; 8 (20) #2 Brandon Overton, Evans, GA, $1,100; 9 (21) #2M Allen Murray, San Antonio, TX, $1,000; 10 (15) #11H Austin Hubbard, Bridgeville, DE, $950; 11(18) #1V Vic Hill, Mosheim, TN, $900; 12 (10) #9 Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR, $850; 13 (26) #94 Austin Rettig, Sikeston, MO, $800; 14 (11) #39 Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY, $750; 15 (4) #49 Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA, $725; 16 (22) #33 Jeff Mathews, Brandon, FL, $700; 17 (7) #12J Jason Jameson, Lawrenceburg, IN, $700; 18 (8) #20 Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN, $700; 19 (25) #25B Mike Benedum, Salem, WV, $650; 20 (14) #3s Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL, $625; 21 (9) #1Gk Ryan King, Seymour, TN, $625; 22 (5) #2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruses, NM, $600; 23 (19) #5 Don O’Neal, Martinsville, IN, $600; 24 (16) #942 Terry Casey, New London, WI, $600; 25 (24) #22 Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, PA,  $600; 26 (23) #14 Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV,  $600.

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