Hodnett Charts Last-Lap Victory

Greg Hodnett in victory lane Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania. (Rich Kepner photo)
Greg Hodnett in victory lane Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania. (Rich Kepner photo)

BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — Greg Hodnett took top honors in the winged sprint car portion of Tuesday night’s Thunder on the Hill promotion at Grandview Speedway.

Leader James McFadden bobbled with the white flag in the air and Hodnett blasted into the lead to record his sixth Thunder on the Hill victory and earn $5,000.

J.J. Grasso brought the field down for the green but before the field entered turn one, the red flag was displayed for Ryan Taylor who flipped exiting turn four. On the restart, Grasso set the pace with Mark Smith and Australian driver McFadden in the chase. Grasso maintained a comfortable lead until lap seven when the yellow was displayed for a mix-up in turn one involving Jessica Anderson, Trevor Utt and Dan Mazy.

When the race resumed, Grasso, Smith and Greg Hodnett were now the top three. Hodnett was on a charge, taking over second on lap 11. Alan Krimes was the next new name to enter the chase for the win, now racing in fourth.

With the hallway sign displayed, Grasso remained the leader followed by Hodnett, McFadden, Krimes and Mark Smith. One lap later, McFadden moved into second and began to chase down the leader. Grasso and McFadden raced wheel to wheel for the lead with McFadden taking the top spot on lap 25.

With just ten laps remaining, the rest of this race was going to get very interesting. Slower traffic was now in front of McFadden and Grasso and Hodnett were all over the leader. Grasso challenged to regain the top spot. With two laps to go, Hodnett moved into second with Grasso close and in the chase. With the white flag waiving, a lapped car spun in front of the leaders entering turn one. McFadden bobbled and Hodnett took advantage and the lead.

On the final lap, McFadden made still another bid for the lead but Hodnett was up to the challenge, going on to score his first Thunder victory of 2013.

McFadden finished an impressive second with Grasso third, Krimes fourth and Fred Rahmer fifth.

The finish:

Greg Hodnett, James McFadden, J.J. Grasso, Alan Krimes, Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Brent Marks, Ryan Smith, Mark Smith, Cole Duncan, Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe, Davey Sammons, Blane Heimbach, Billy Pauch Jr. Billy Dietrich, Brian Montieth, Dave Hahn, Kyle Reinhardt, Jessica Anderson, Trevor Utt, Dan Mazy, Matt Boland, Ryan Taylor.