By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Greg Hodnett, the popular sprint car driver, lost his life on Thursday night. He was 49 years old.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet.
Hodnett was injured during the 410 sprint car feature at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn. According to Speed Sport News, he was driving the No. 27 car for Mike Heffner.
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He started the event in the ninth position and got all the way up to the fifth position in the 30-lap feature. On Lap 28, he reportedly suffered a mechanical problem that caused Hodnett to crash into the wall.
His car flipped, before stopping, according to news reports.
“Please keep [wife] Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers,” a statement said on www.greghodnettmotorsports.com. “Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!”
Hodnett, who settled in Pennsylvania in the past several years, and was a member of the famed Pennsylvania Posse, also raced in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. He won 22 races in that series, including being their 1993 Rookie of the Year.
“To me, Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said in a news release after Hodnett’s death.
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He also raced in the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions, where he also won 22 races. In addition, in his career, he won 73 times and was a five-time track champion at Williams Grove Speedway, according to Speed Sport News.
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