Don O'Neal Takes Lane Automotive 48 at Hartford Motor Speedway!
HARTFORD, MI (May 11, 2012) - Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN won his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season on Friday Night at Hartford Motor Speedway. O'Neal grabbed the lead at the start and was unchallenged almost the entire distance until Tyler Reddick closed in on him with two laps to go.
Reddick met misfortune as he cut down a tire while trying to get around a lapped car. O'Neal went on to score the win in the MasterSbilt house-car, earning $10,000 for winning the Lane Automotive 48 Presented by Allstar Performance. It was also the first race in Michigan for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The victory vaulted O'Neal back into second place in Lucas Oil Championship Points. Eric Wells of Hazard, KY recorded his best career LOLMDS finish by taking home second and Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE finished third. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, and Jared Landers of Batesville, AR completed the Top Five. O'Neal's appearance in the Lucas Oil Victory Lane at Hartford completed the night's sweep as he set fast time and won his heat race. "The car was perfect all night long," said the 47-year old driver. "I have to thank Tader Masters, Cody Mahoney, and the whole crew. After wrecking at Paducah last week, they worked hard to get the car ready for tonight."
Rounding out the Top Ten were: Steve Francis, Ashland, KY; Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN; Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA; Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN; and John Blankenship, Williamson, WV.
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