BY MANDEE PAUCH
As friends and family are gathering together to celebrate the holidays Mike Heffners team, Heffner Racing Enterprises, are working hard getting two cars ready for the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
“I’m confident with the team combination we have for this year,” said Heffner. “We’re going out there to win and have some fun.”
Alex Bright, 24, of Collegeville, P.A., will be heading back to the Chili Bowl for his fourth time in January. Bright currently races midgets on a weekly basis. Read more
For the fifth time in the last six years, and the sixth time in his career, Thomasville’s Greg Hodnett has won the overall Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Point Series championship. Hodnett won the series crown first in 2003 when there was no series sponsor. His next two titles came in 2009 and 2010 under the Speed Dawg banner. Speedway Motors took over sponsorship in 2011, when Hodnett won his fourth title, and Champion Racing Oil joined Speedway Motors as title sponsor in 2012 when Hodnett got his fifth title. Now Hodnett has again won the Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil title this season.
BY JEREMY ELLIOTT
Greg Hodnett and the Mike Heffner-owned team have been throwing a lot of different combinations at their car the last couple weeks.
Different chassis. Different wing configuration. Different brake combinations in conjunction with everything else.
Hodnett stopped short of saying his car was better Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway Park. But it certainly wasn’t worse.
You aren’t supposed to be able to drive by Don Kreitz Jr. at SSP. Well, that’s what Hodnett did to close the Sprint Car season with a victory in the 30-lap “Final Showdown” worth a nice $10,060 payday. Read more
Following in the footsteps of your father can be difficult.
Striking out and creating your own casts can be even more daunting.
Ryan Hand, of Tower City, always had a passion for racing, and hung around with his father, Bill, and other crew members on the John and PeeWee Zemaitis-owned Zemco modified and sprint cars. As the years passed, Hand became an integral part of the well known sprint car team, working with many of the most recognized names in racing, including the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jeff Sheppard, Sean Michael, Billy Pauch, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Danny Lasoski and Brian Leppo. This season, the 39-year-old mechanic decided to mark his own prints in the racing world. Read more