Cen­tral Pa. star Hod­nett dies in crash; Howard, Pauch Jr. stay ahead of pack

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports

Greg Hod­nett, a vet­eran Penn­syl­va­nia sprint-car racer, died Thurs­day night fol­low­ing a crash in a race at BAPS Mo­tor Speed­way in York Haven, Pa.

The 49-year-old Hod­nett was a five-time cham­pion at Wil­liams Grove Speed­way in Penn­syl­va­nia. He was the 1993 World of Out­laws top rookie and won 20 World of Out­laws races in his ca­reer.

He was com­pet­ing in a track-sanc­tioned race for 410 sprints on the 0.4mile high-banked dirt track pre­vi­ously known as Susquehanna Speed­way.

“To me, Greg rep­re­sented the true gen­tle­man com­peti­tor in the pit area,” World of Out­laws CEO Brian Carter said in a news re­lease af­ter Hod­nett’s death.

A state­ment on Hod­nett’s web­site said: “Please keep [wife] Sherry, the en­tire Hod­nett fam­ily, and the Heffner rac­ing team in your thoughts and prayers. Greg was a pro­fes­sional in ev­ery sense of the word, and will be des­per­ately missed!”


GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. » With a jam-packed grand­stand look­ing on, Duane Howard (Sunoco Mod­i­fied) and Josh Weller (Capi­tol Rene­gade United Rac­ing Club) head­lined Fri­day night’s ‘Septem­ber Show­down’ win­ners at Ge­orge­town Speed­way.

Oley’s Howard took home $3,000 for his sec­ond big-block/small-block Mod­i­fied tri­umph of the sea­son in the 30-lap event, while Weller an­nexed the URC Sprint Car event, run as a 27-lap fea­ture in honor of Sprint Car leg­end Greg Hod­nett, who lost his life in an ac­ci­dent Thurs­day night in Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia.

Howard kept his wave of mo­men­tum rolling af­ter a $25,000-plus vic­tory six days ear­lier in the Free­dom 76 at Grand­view Speed­way in Bech­telsville, Pa.

“I can’t say enough about this team,” Howard said af­ter­ward. “We’re on a roll right now. I want to ride the wave as long as we can.”

Ge­orge­town Speed­way is now silent un­til Fri­day-Satur­day Oc­to­ber 2627 with the Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship Week­end. A huge menu of stock car rac­ing will be of­fered in­clud­ing Bob Hil­bert Sports­wear Short Track Su­per Se­ries Fu­eled By Sunoco Mod­i­fieds ($5,000-towin cham­pi­onship event), Su­per Late Mod­els ($5,000 to win), Small-Block Mod­i­fieds ($3,000 to win), STSS Crate 602 Sports­man ($1,000-to-win cham­pi­onship event), RUSH Late Mod­els ($1,000 to win) Mid-At­lantic Sprint Se­ries 305 Sprints, South­ern Delaware Vin­tage Stock Cars, Lit­tle Lin­colns, Del­marva Charg­ers and Delaware Su­per Trucks.


Sunoco Mod­i­fied Fea­ture Fin­ish (30 laps): DUANE HOWARD, David Van Horn, Bran­don Grosso, Ryan Krachun, H.J. Bunting, Kevin Sock­riter, Ryan Watt, Jeff Strunk, Jordn Jus­tice, Brad Trice, Robert Dut­ton, Dave Shirk, Neal Wil­liams, Car­son Wright, Jim Britt, Billy Pauch Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Jamie Mills, Jeremy Har­ring­ton, Scott Van Gorder, Jimmy Hor­ton, Jor­dan Wat­son, Ryan Godown, Joseph Wat­son, Danny Bouc, Amanda Wha­ley.

Did Not Qual­ify: Ron Roberts, Brian Hitz, Brad Roberts, Bobby Watkins, Bran­don Watkins, Kevin Gard­ner. Capi­tol Rene­gade United Rac­ing Club Fea­ture Fin­ish (27 laps): JOSH WELLER, Justin Barger, J.J. Grasso, Adam Car­berry, Ryan Watt, Ed­die Strada, Curt Michael, Troy Betts, Chris Allen, Steve Downs, Ryan Quack­en­bush, Mark Van Vorst, Mark Sasso, Ja­son Cherry, Jonathan Swan­son, Ryan Still­wagon, Bill Un­glert, David Swan­son.

L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sports­man Fea­ture Fin­ish (20 laps): SCOTT HITCHENS, Joe Toth, Greg Huml­hanz, Steve Ke­mery, Alex Yankowski, Matt Smith, Adam White, Jor­dan Long, Rod­ney Cor­drey, Corey Cormier, Dwayne Crock­ett, Trent Van Vorst, Sean Metz, Tom Moore Jr., Ryan Macart­ney, Duane Rust, Tan­ner Marvel, Michael White, Jeff Marker, John Steven­son, Tyler White, Paul Grif­fin Jr., Ricky Schafer, Shawn Ward, Brad Roberts, David Jenk­ins, Ryan Rid­dle. South­ern Delaware Vin­tage Stock Car Club Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): ROSS ROBIN­SON, Robert Paczkowski, L.J. Wal­bert (Sports­man win­ner), Jamie Ei­cholz, David Par­sons, David Tucker II, Robert Blann, Josh Bur­ton, David Schamp, Don David­son, Josh Smith, Fred­die Bright­bill.

Lit­tle Lin­coln Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JOE TRACY, Jor­dan Her­bert, Wayne Seaton, Kirk Law­son, Ryan Walsen, Brian Piercy, Matt White, Sean Smith, Bunky White, T.J. Henry. Delaware Su­per Truck Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JERRY HILL, Robert Smith, Matt Esham, David Smith, Dale El­liott, Mike Kennedy, Kirk Miles Jr., Bobby Reid, Rocky Whit­ley, Kirk Miles Sr., Dick Beauchamp, Thomas Jack­son, Bill Dean, Tony Bowers, Parks Abrams, Ge­orge Shupp.

Del­marva Charger Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JERRY BARKER, Ash­ley Mer­ritt, Chris Martinez, Robert Paczkowski, Joe Wa­ters, John Bai­ley, Randy Mer­ritt, Derek Swaf­ford, Joe Morell.

New Egypt

New Egypt, N.J. >> At New Egypt Speed­way’s Le­gends of the Fall, Billy Pauch Jr. took home the $7,500 check af­ter record­ing the win in the Mod­i­fied fea­ture. Bob Line­man Jr. topped the field in the Crate vs. Sports­man main event.


Heat 1 - 1. Danny Bouc 2. Craig Von Dohren 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Dominick Buf­falino

Heat 2 - 1. Ryan Godown 2. David VanHorn 3. Jimmy Hor­ton 4. Matt Stan­gle Heat 3 - 1. TJ Lilly 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3 Ryan Krachun 4. Duane Howard Heat 4 - 1. Brett Kress­ley 2. Dan Hine­line 3. Michael Storms 4. Mike But­ler Con­so­la­tion 1 – 1. Mike Gu­lar 2. Frank Cozze 3. An­thony Per­rego 4. JR Fulper Con­so­la­tion 2 – 1. Brian Papiez 2. Wade Hen­drick­son 3. Dakota Kessler 4. John McClel­land

Pro­vi­sion­als: Bran­don Grosso, Kevin Va­clav­icek, Davey Sam­mons, Rich Rut­ski, PJ Oliver, Brian Krum­mel DNQ: John Will­man, Eric En­gstrom, Sam Martz, Rick Laubach, Chad Bar­ney, Rocco In­fante, Jimmy Blewett, Dil­lon Steuer, Mike Franz, John Pak­en­ham, Gary Hager MOD­I­FIEDS – 75 LAPS FEA­TURE – LE­GENDS OF THE FALL

1. BILLY PAUCH JR. 2. David VanHorn

3. Jimmy Hor­ton 4. Mike Gu­lar 5. Craig Von Dohren 6. Duane Howard 7. Brian Papiez 8. Danny Bouc 9. Bran­don Grosso 10. Ryan Krachun 11. Kevin Va­clav­icek 12. Brian Krum­mel 13. Mike But­ler 14. JR Fulper 15. Jeff Strunk 16. Dominick Buf­falino 17. Frank Cozze

18. Ryan Godown 19. Matt Stan­gle 20. Brett Kress­ley 21. Dan Hine­line 22. Michael Storms 23. Wade Hen­drick­son 24. John McClel­land 25. An­thony Per­rego

26. TJ Lilly 27. Rich Rut­ski 28. PJ Oliver

29. Dakota Kessler

DNS: Davey Sam­mons

Crate Mod­i­fieds vs. Sports­man Heat 1 - 1. Matt Ellery 2. Brad Arnold

3. Cale Ross 4. Jeremy Martino 5. Brad Roberts 6. Ryan Sim­mons

Heat 2 - 1. Art Liedl 2. Jim Hous­worth

3. Ryan Heim 4. Bob Line­man Jr. 5. Pat Wall 6. David Burns

Heat 3 - 1. Will Dupree 2. Ja­son Kosch 3. J.D. Cranstoun 4. Bill Liedtka 5. Sammy Martz Jr. 6. John Scarpati Jr. CRATE MOD­I­FIEDS VS. SPORTS­MAN 30 LAPS FEA­TURE

1. BOB LINE­MAN JR. 2. Cale Ross 3. Art Liedl 4. Louden Reimert 5. Jeremy Martino 6. J.D. Cranstoun 7. Brad Arnold 8. Jim Hous­worth 9. Ja­son Kosch 10. David Burns 11. Will Dupree 12. Brad Roberts

13. Pat Wall 14. Mike Toth 15. Tom Prin­ciotta 16. Matt Ellery 17. Ryan Heim

18. Chuck­les Stone 19. John Scarpati Jr.

20. Bill Liedtka 21. Ryan Sim­mons 22. Sammy Martz Jr. 23. Jimmy Amato 24. Ryan Godown Jr. 25. JT Trsten­sky


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