Central Pa. star Hodnett dies in crash; Howard, Pauch Jr. stay ahead of pack
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.
‘SEPTEMBER SHOWDOWN’ RACE SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
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, 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.
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 Modifieds
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