ROSSBURG, Ohio — Clint Bowyer Racing teammates Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan swept Friday night’s twin 25-lap, $10,000 to-win World 100 preliminary features at Eldora Speedway, after a delay of nearly two hours due to rain that hit the speedway just before the heat races.
The win was O’Neal’s second career preliminary World 100 win, while Lanigan’s triumph was his second in as many nights and the third of his career.
Both drivers are looking for their first career win in the World 100, which is dirt late model racing’s most prestigious event.
O’Neal led all 25 laps of the opener, holding off Tim McCreadie for the win.
“I thought if I could get the jump at the start and get up in front of him, I would be okay,” O’Neal said. “We went a little softer on the right rear (tire) and I think that helped on the restarts.”
McCreadie had two different opportunities on restarts to take the lead away from O’Neal but had to settle for a runner-up finish, .770 of a second behind O’Neal.
Gregg Satterlee, Mike Marlar and 2008 World 100 winner Shane Clanton completed the top five.
“Hopefully I will be back up here tomorrow night,” O’Neal added. “It would mean the world to me to win that race.”
Josh Richards led the first 18 laps of the second race before Lanigan took the lead and eventual win away.
“My car was so good, I was just biding my time and I could see Josh was getting a little loose,” Lanigan said. “Like I said last night this may be the best piece I have ever brought up here and I really think I have something for them tomorrow.”
Jimmy Owens passed Richards for the second position on lap 21 but did not have enough time to run down Lanigan and settled for second-place, .659 of a second the leader.
Richards finished third, while 17-year old Hudson O’Neal — the son of Don O’Neal — and defending World 100 winner Bobby Pierce rounded out the top five.
Four-time World 100 champ Scott Bloomquist was seventh in the second feature.
After the feature event, the big Eldora wheel was spun to set the inversion for the 100-main event. The wheel landed on zero, which means O’Neal and Lanigan will start side by side for the finale.
Jonathan Davenport was the fast qualifier for the 105-car field, with a lap of 15.222 seconds on the half-mile oval.
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…