FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
GREG HODNETT TUNES UP FOR CHAMPION RACING OIL NATIONAL OPEN WITH
SPRINT CAR FEATURE WIN
Phil Walter beats track champion Kevin Nouse at the line for 358
– Greg Hodnett went into the night as the Williams Grove Speedway point
leader, but hadn’t won a 410 sprint car feature at the track since the
end of March.
He changed that stat Friday night as he took the lead from Lucas Wolfe
in lapped traffic and controlled the final 14 laps to win his first 410
feature at the track since the second race of the season. He did win
three features in the 360 sprints over the course of the summer.
Things were going Hodnett’s way, but a header pipe broke off with three
laps to go affecting the car’s performance.
“We lost a lot of horsepower, but being out in front we had a huge
advantage to dictate when to take off and how hard I could run,” said
Hodnett, of Spring Grove.
“We had a lot of things go our way. We were lucky to finish and had a
pretty good car. We are pretty happy going into next week.”
Wolfe started on the pole and drove into the lead over Hodnett to start
the final 25-lap main event before next weekend’s Champion Racing Oil
Wolfe led by about a half-straightaway with five laps completed as they
raced around a fast cushion.
As Wolfe closed on the back of the field, Hodnett closed on him with 10
laps completed. Hodnett made an inside move off turn four to take the
lead the next time around.
“We caught two guys that were running the top in lapped traffic,” said
Hodnett. “Lucas had to momentarily check-up getting into turn three. I
shot to the bottom and waited to hit the moisture coming down the
straightaway and it worked out for us. Sometimes, it’s better to run
second in those situations.”
The red flag stopped the race with 14 laps completed for a hard third
turn crash by Danny Dietrich, who walked back to the pit area. A major
clean-up was needed as Dietrich’s sprinter leaked fuel across the third
Hodnett led the field down for the double-file restart as the Grove used
the World of Outlaws format for the race. Lance Dewease pitted from the
fifth spot before the restart.
Wolfe tried to take the lead back, but Hodnett slammed the door as they
raced into turn three. Stevie Smith and Wolfe raced hard for second as
Hodnett pulled away. Cory Haas drove by Aaron Ott and into fifth.
Hodnett streaked away from the field as Wolfe secured second from Smith.
The race was slowed with three laps to go for debris on the race track (Hodnett’s
header). It was a single-file restart because it was less than five to
Wolfe stayed with Hodnett following the restart, but it was the Williams
Grove point leader picking up his first win since the end of March over
Wolfe, Smith, Rahmer and Haas. Doug Esh, who helped assist Dietrich from
his crashed car, finished sixth.
Alan Krimes, Ott, James McFadden in Kasey Kahne’s sprinter and Brent
Marks rounded out the top 10.
Dewease set fast time over the 30-car field with a lap of 16.532
seconds. Smith, Hodnett, Wolfe and Rahmer completed the top five
Dewease, Smith and Hodnett won the heat races. Wolfe won the dash. Bill
Balog won the B-main.
In the 358 sprint feature, it was Phil Walter of Beavertown grabbing the
race lead from Dave Thrush with nine laps completed.
Walter streaked away from the field and had a 2.5 second lead with two
laps remaining when the red flag stopped the race for Eric Parker in
turn three. He was okay.
Jordan Givler worked on Walter for the lead as track champion Kevin
Nouse made it a three-car race for the win.
Nouse got by Givler in turn one and put a last lap slider on Walter in
turns three and four. Walter turned his car back under Nouse and just
beat him back to the checkers to get the win for his first ever triumph
at the historic oval despite a decades-long career.
Givler, Chandler Leiby and Adrian Shaffer completed the top five.
Thrush, Jared Esh, Nyle Berkes, Todd Reed and Brie Hershey rounded out
the top 10.
Shaffer, Nouse and Matt Findley won the 358 sprint heat races.
The three-day Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open
sanctioned by the World of Outlaws begins Thursday night with a $10,000
to win main event. An identical program will be run Friday night. The
40-lap National Open will pay $50,000 to win on Saturday night.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps):
1. Greg Hodnett. 2. Lucas Wolfe. 3. Stevie Smith. 4. Freddie Rahmer. 5.
Cory Haas. 6. Doug Esh. 7. Alan Krimes. 8. Aaron Ott. 9. James McFadden.
10. Brent Marks. 11. Ryan Smith. 12. Brian Montieth. 13. Kyle Reinhardt.
14. Matt Campbell. 15. T.J. Stutts. 16. Tim Kaeding. 17. Rodney
Westhafer. 18. Tim Wagaman. 19. Bill Balog. 20. Lance Dewease. 21. Chase
Dietz. 22. Danny Dietrich. 23. Steve Buckwalter. 24. Dave Blaney.
Did Not Qualify:
Trey Starks, Kody Lehman, Frankie Herr, Jay Galloway, Troy Fraker, Brock
358 Sprint Feature (20 laps):
1. Phil Walter. 2. Kevin Nouse. 3. Jordan Givler. 4. Chandler Leiby. 5.
Adrian Shaffer. 6. Dave Thrush. 7. Jared Esh. 8. Nyle Berkes. 9. Todd
Reed. 10. Brie Hershey. 11. Jeff Halligan. 12. Tyler Esh. 13. Rich
Eichelberger. 14. Chris Arnold. 15. Kyle Denmyer. 16. Matt Findley. 17.
Wyatt Hinkle. 18. Aaron Eichelberger. 19. Jay Tracy. 20. Glenndon
Forsythe. 21. Eric Parker.