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
After missing a regular points show in August for competing in the Knoxville Nationals, Hodnett and the Heffner #27 team were able to make up those points and then some over the last two months at Williams Grove Speedway. Read more
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
Greg Hodnett put on a dominating performance Saturday to claim his fourth Tuscarora 50 victory at Port Royal Speedway. Not only was the win worth $13,350, but Hodnett wrapped up the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Eastern Region Championship and it’s $20,000 payday.
It was Hodnett’s second UNOH All Star win of 2014 – the other coming in April at Port Royal – and his 10th overall victory in 2014. The win was also Hodnett’s fourth in the prestigious event, having won in 1998, 2004 and 2009. He ties hall-of-famers Doug Wolfgang, Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease for the most Tuscarora 50 victories. Hodnett also now has 18 career UNOH All Star wins on his resume.
“My car owner (Heffner) won his first race as an owner at Port Royal. He and his dad used to spend a lot of time at this track and I know this race was pretty important to him. Mike’s cars have won the last three straight All Star Easter point championships with three different drivers. Daryn (Pittman) and Lance (Dewease) got him that title and I didn’t want to let him down,” said Hodnett of his Lelands.com/Eagle Steel/Trone Outdoor/Pasquariello’s Auto Body backed #27.
Sprint car drivers are always studying the track, and during the parade lap, Hodnett noticed some moisture at the top of the speedway. At the drop of the green he blasted to the cushion to drive past pole-sitter Danny Holtgraver in turn two and then ducked under Lynton Jeffrey going down the backstretch for the lead. Read more