Hodnett Strikes Gold For PA Posse
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Greg Hodnett led the Pennsylvania Posse to a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Hodnett, who started fourth in his Lelands.com-Pasquariello’s Auto Shop car, dominated the second half after getting around Outlaw Joey Saldana and fellow Posse Brent Marks on a restart. Hodnett said the double-file restarts that had hurt him the night before at Lincoln, helped him at Williams Grove.
“We’re just fortunate to be standing here,” Hodnett said. “It’s a great field of cars.”
Hodnett, who has 12 previous World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins, became the 18th different winner of the season.
Saldana started on the front row with Justin Barger. Cody Darrah and Hodnett started in row two. As the green flag flew on the feature, Saldana jumped out to a large lead while Brent Marks moved from his sixth starting position into third.
By lap 13, Marks, who had moved to second, was challenging Saldana for the lead as the two worked through lapped traffic. A red flag waved on lap 15 after contact between Kerry Madsen and Cody Darrah. The wreck ended Madsen’s night and relegated Darrah to the back of the field.
When the race returned to green, Hodnett, who had advanced to the third position, made his move. Hodnett got around Marks, and then battled Saldana for the next two laps.
“I had been trying the bottom and middle a couple of times through the night and I knew if I was slow enough we could do it — and off a restart usually you are,” Hodnett said. “So we got a good run down the front straight off of four, off the bottom, just kind of let it take its head and stay on the back wheels and try not to slip the tires. We got down into turn one and two, and pretty much just got under Joey enough to keep moving him up and keep pushing, pushing, pushing trying to get under him to get a good, clean run off the bottom. Fortunately for us that’s what happened.”
Hodnett took the lead on lap 17 and was never seriously challenged again.
“We’re going to make the most of this one tonight because you never know when you’ll get another one,” Hodnett said.