O’Neal Dominates Ralph Latham Memorial

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Don O'Neal is the defending Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals winner. (Dave Dalesandro photo)
Don O'Neal, shown at New York's Fonda Speedway, won Saturday's Lucas late-model race at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

UNION, Ky. – Don O’Neal took the lead at the start of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 26th annual Ralph Latham Memorial and went unchallenged in taking the $10,000 victory Saturday night at Florence Speedway.

It was O’Neal’s second consecutive win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

O’Neal dominated the event from start to finish. He had little difficulty, effortlessly racing though traffic as he claimed his eighth LOLMDS triumph of 2012.

“You know, we always seem to run well here. This MasterSbilt Race Car was solid all-night long,” O’Neal said. “I could drive it anywhere on the track. I have to thank all of my crew and sponsors for making this possible. Thanks to the fans for coming out tonight as well.”

Ray Cook had a solid run going, running second for the first 29 laps of the race until he broke something, causing a caution flag.

Owens picked up the second spot, but could never muster enough of a challenge to make it close at the finish.

Scott Bloomquist and Eddie Carrier, Jr. had a good battle for third over the last half of race, with Bloomquist edging out Carrier at the finish line. Steve Francis followed closely in fifth.