Don O'Neal runs 2002 win total to eight - scores 4th straight win in "Hoosier Dirt Classic" (Brownstown, IN - April 20, 2002) Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN took advantage of a late race caution and rode around Shannon Babb on the high side to...
Don O'Neal runs 2002 win total to eight - scores 4th straight win in "Hoosier Dirt Classic"
(Brownstown, IN - April 20, 2002) Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN took advantage of a late race caution and rode around Shannon Babb on the high side to his fourth straight "Hoosier Dirt Classic" victory. O'Neal driving the O'Neal Wood Products, Petroff Towing Rayburn prepared entry won his heat race and started on the pole for the 50 lap affair.
O'Neal and outside polesitter, Doug McCammon would battle side by side for the lead on the first lap with McCammon ultimately taking the point on lap two on the high side. Mike Jewell and Babb would wage their own war for the third position. Jewell would overtake Babb for the spot on lap five. O'Neal would challenge McCammon for the point again on lap seven, but the door would shut on O'Neal as McCammon slid up in front of him to retain the lead.
On the very next circuit, McCammon would make the mistake that plagued him for the remainder of the race. There was a nice cushion at the top of the turns that took its toll on the drivers if they got into it. McCammon would be one of those drivers. He got into the cushion on lap eight and lost the lead as O'Neal would dive under him for the point and as the remainder of the field battled furiously for positions behind the leader, it would be the 'Donnie O Show' for the balance of the night. Behind O'Neal in the final order were Shannon Babb in second, Darrell Lanigan in third as Scott James and Kevin Claycomb rounded out the top five. Courtesy Chris Nunn - Brownstown Speedway
For the "User Friendly" recap of Saturday night's 19th Annual Hoosier Dirt Classic at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown, see our pal Mike Sullivan's version posted at www.victorylanecommunications.com/hot.php. In addition to Sullivan's often humorous posts of special dirt racing events on various internet message boards, he also serves as a contributing motorsports journalist for the publication National Dirt Digest.