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O’Neal paces LOLMDS field for $20,000 Pennsylvania win

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IMPERIAL, Pa. - Don O’Neal completed a weekend sweep, winning the 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

O’Neal led from start to finish to collect $20,000 for his first career win in the annual event. It was O’Neal’s second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season as he led his Clint Bowyer teammate Darrell Lanigan in a one-two sweep for the NASCAR team owner. Josh Richards, the defending race winner came home in third.

Richards’ third-place finish moved him into second-place in the championship point standings with one race to go. Richards is now 40 points behind the leader, Tim McCreadie, who finished sixth in the race. Scott Bloomquist finished 18th and is now third in championship standings at 75 points behind McCreadie.

O’Neal waited through several caution flags during the race to score the win. O’Neal was untouchable after the restarts as nobody was within striking distance of him at any point during the race. O’Neal had a scare with a lapped car with two laps to go as he nearly got into the turn one wall. He escaped the mayhem unscathed and went on for a dominating victory.

“Another podium finish sounds good, and this time we got the win,” said O’Neal. “Last week, we had two runner-up finishes and tonight the car was just fantastic, in fact all weekend long it was just perfect.”

O’Neal completed the weekend sweep at Pittsburgh by setting a new track record and scoring a convincing win in his heat race in Friday night’s preliminaries.

Lanigan followed his teammate to the line.

“We have been really solid here recently, and it’s a great way to end the season,” Lanigan said. “Congrats to Don on the win. Thanks to Clint and Casey Bowyer and all my crew.”

Richards was looking for his third win in the famed event and ran as high as second, but eventually claimed the third finishing spot.

“We had a good car tonight,” he said. “There was quite a race among the top five after Don. He was unbeatable here tonight. This was a good points finish for us. We’ll head to Portsmouth with at least a decent shot at the title.”

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Pittsburgher 100 – October 7, 2017
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway – Imperial, PA

1 1 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $21,000
2 14 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $10,700
3 4 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $6,700
4 17 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $4,800
5 23 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $4,300
6 7 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $3,300
7 8 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $2,900
8 19 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $2,700
9 9 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $1,800
10 15 7 Rick Eckert York, PA $1,750
11 21 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $2,350
12 20 56 Russ King Bristolville, OH $1,600
13 10 72C Jason Covert York Haven, PA $1,550
14 27 65 Derek Stefanick Imperial, PA $1,500
15 28 69 Jon Hodgkiss McKees Rocks, PA $1,450
16 6 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $1,400
17 5 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $2,050
18 12 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $2,300
19 13 10 Alex Ferree Valencia, PA $1,250
20 18 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,900
21 2 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $1,200
22 26 7G Jake Gunn McDonald, PA $1,200
23 25 36 Tony Musolino Pittsburgh, PA $1,200
24 22 48 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,200
25 16 H1 Jared Miley South Park, PA $1,200
26 24 91 Tommy Beck Murrysville, PA $1,200
27 3 72 Michael Norris Sarver, PA $1,200
28 11 1C Mike Pegher Cranberry Twp., PA $1,200


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