Hodnett Claims PA Speedweek Opener


MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — For the second week in a row a last-lap pass netted the sprint car feature win at Williams Grove Speedway and this week it also kicked off the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Speedweek series for sprint cars when Greg Hodnett got the victory on Friday night.

The win was Hodnett’s first of the season at Williams Grove to begin the speedweek series, worth $5,000.

Danny Dietrich and Chad Layton shared the front row for the start of the main event and two-time 2013 winner Dietrich took the lead at the start but could only set the pace for a pair of laps before the caution flag unfurled.

Fourth-starter Hodnett was up to second for the restart but seemingly had no chance at Dietrich on open track until the leaders got to traffic with 13 laps away.

That allowed Hodnett to reel in the leader and stick with him as the pair worked heavy traffic and with 10 laps to go Dietrich could see Hodnett to his inside as they raced through the first corner.

But Dietrich was holding on with the lead, outlasting Hodnett when a final caution flag unfurled with eight laps to go.

And on open track again Dietrich pulled away on the restart although Hodnett did keep pace as the pair got away from the rest of the field.

As the race wore on, many eyes turned to a torrid contest that was being waged between Layton and Brent Marks for fifth as the pair see-sawed and swapped the spot several times during laps 19, 20 and 21.