PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Greg Hodnett wired the field for the $5,000 victory in the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 for the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Friday night at Port Royal Speedway.
Hodnett led all 30 laps for his fourth career win in the event having also taken Night Before checkers in 1998, 2002 and in 2003.
Hodnett started second in the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 sprint car feature and drove into control over Brian Leppo when the green flag fell. Only the first two laps were recorded when the first caution flag unfurled for a stopped Ryan Taylor in the first corner.
The next eight laps went non-stop with Hodnett opening up a straightaway over Leppo before the next caution occurred for a stopped Doug Esh. Hodnett was trailed by Leppo, Danny Holtgraver, eighth starter Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney for the restart.
Another lap was notched before another yellow unfurled, this time forcing a stoppage for refueling. The restart saw Logan Schuchart surge to the front, making advances from his 17th starting spot to break into the top five with 12 laps to go.
And then another yellow slowed the pace for a stopped Brent Marks with 11 laps left.
Hodnett was nearly home free on the final lap when Caleb Helms laid his car over as he ran onto the frontstretch, stopping the race short of the checkers.
The green-white-checkered restart saw Hodnett still easily in control for a cruise to the finish and victory that was his first of the season at the track and 33rd overall of his Port Royal career.
Leppo finished second followed by Holtgraver, Shaffer and Schuchart. After starting 10th, Blane Heimbach rode home sixth followed by Lance Dewease, TJ Stutts, Cap Henry and Chad Layton.
Heats for the 39-car field went to Layton, Marks, Trey Gustin and Schuchart. Leppo won the dash to earn the feature pole position and Mike Wagner scored the B Main. Dale Blaney set fast time in qualifications with a lap of 16.234 seconds.