Greg Hodnett Gets No. 51 At Port Royal

Greg Hodnett (Dan Demarco photo)

PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Greg Hodnett won his first sprint car feature of the season at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking the $3,600 win after getting by Rick Lafferty for the lead.

In the 30-lap ULMS Chiller Thriller for super late models, Jason Covert drove by Matt Cosner for the lead and $3,000 victory.

Andrew Yoder scored the econo late model main and Bill Powell took the xtreme stock feature.

Lafferty and fellow front row starter Blane Heimbach drag raced each other through the first and second turns when the green came out in the 25-lap 410 sprint car main with Lafferty surging ahead as the pair hit turn three.

The first caution flag of the race unfurled on the fifth lap finding sixth starter Hodnett racing fourth for the restart.

Hodnett rallied around Mike Wagner for third at the new green and then went to work on Heimbach, whom he motored by on the eighth tour just before another yellow flag regrouped the field.

Hodnett blasted around Lafferty on the restart to take the lead before beginning to pull away.

Lafferty was fighting a flattening nose wing prior to losing the lead and the problem persisted later in the race as Heimbach zeroed in for second as Hodnett began working the rear of the field on the 17th lap.

Heimbach took second from Lafferty with seven tours to go but was unable to run down Hodnett, who cruised to his 51st career oval win by 4.490 seconds.

Logan Wagner, who fell backward from his third starting spot when action began, climbed back into contention during the event, taking third from Lafferty with six laps left.

Wagner was in the process of running down Heimbach at the finish.

Mike Wagner finished fourth followed by Dylan Cisney.

Sixth through 10th went to Lafferty, T.J. Stutts, AJ Flick, Steve Buckwalter and Tyler Reeser.