MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — official track release — Tony De Seta photo —
Greg Hodnett claimed redemption in a big way on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway after losing the sprint car season opener last week due to mechanical difficulty.
In the super late model feature, Matt Cosner scored his first Williams Grove feature win worth $2,000 after holding off last week’s winner Gregg Satterlee.
Brock Zearfoss took the lead from the pole of the 25-lap sprint car main over Brent Marks, and the race pace was slowed only once, on the third lap for a stopped Dave Jones. At that point, Hodnett was fifth for the restart.
Marks steadily tracked down leader Zearfoss and got himself into a battle for the lead amid traffic as the race approached the halfway point, but in the meantime, Hodnett got himself into the fray with a two-car pass of Ryan Smith and Aaron Ott on the fifth circuit.
So as the front duo raced each other for the lead, Hodnett was able to track them down and get by Marks for second with 10 away and then put Zearfoss away on the 12th lap.
A lap later, however, Zearfoss withdrew after getting passed by Marks. As Hodnett worked traffic, Marks began tracking him down, quickly taking a .721 second lead down to a .393 second advantage with nine laps to go.
And that .393 second advantage turned into the lead on the 17th tour as Marks flew to the outside of Hodnett, pulling down in front as the pair raced onto the back chute with a bit of contact that saw Hodnett wiggle after a swipe of his front wing.
But Hodnett was far from done, as he was keeping Marks within reach at the five to go mark and then as Marks worked traffic with the lead, Hodnett pounced to his outside in the fourth corner to take a scant. 145 second lead on the 22nd tour after the pair glanced off of one another nearing the line.
This time, after Hodnett got the lead he opened up enough breathing room to seal the victory, his 61st at the historic oval and one worth $3,800.
During the final five laps, 14th starter Brian Montieth was challenging the pair of leaders — making the race to the finish an electric one — however, Montieth would settle for third.
Aaron Ott was fourth followed by Ryan Smith.
CREDIT: Williams Grove Speedway