Susquehanna Speedway

Hodnett closes 2014 by passing Don Kreitz Jr. for Final Showdown triumph at Susquehanna Speedway

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

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Hand Finds Success As Crew Chief

BY KAMINSKI

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

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HODNETT PUTS ON A SPEED SHOW, CRUSHES FIELD TO CLAIM JIM NACE MEMORIAL NATIONAL OPEN AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY

BY JEREMY ELLIOT

Greg Hodnett’s car bounced through the treacherous corners at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night.

He planted his right rear against a rough cushion that got worse as the night went on because of the weather conditions earlier in the day. And yet, Hodnett was a second faster than anyone else in the field.

The Jim Nace Memorial National Open at the Snyder County oval will be remembered for several things. Attrition. Pure speed. And an epic beat down.

Hodnett dismantled the 24-car field with a fast car and nerves of steel. He negotiated the tricky surface for 44 brutal laps and parked his car in Victory Lane for a $12,000 payday and his fourth win in the event.

“It was too fast,” Hodnett said. “When they packed it in, it was really good but it got really rough and was getting rougher as the race went on.

“I was just hanging on for dear life. That was a challenge.” Read more

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