MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Greg Hodnett’s eventful Thursday evening was capped off in style, as he led all 30 laps to score the $20,000 Summer Nationals make-up feature from July.
After crashing during the National Open preliminary feature earlier in the night, Hodnett started on the pole and never looked back en route to his first Outlaws win of the season and the 15th of his long career.
Lucas Wolfe came from eighth to finish second, with Donny Schatz completing the podium.
Hodnett started on the front row and was strong from the drop of the green, edging fellow front row starter David Gravel early on. Gravel and Danny Dietrich had a spirited battle for second, with the latter eventually taking over.
Dietrich was strong on the cushion in turns one and two, and closed on Hodnett significantly as the Heffner Racing No.27 was stuck in lapped traffic.
On lap 13, Dietrich got another big run coming off of turn two and dove to the inside of Hodnett down the long Williams Grove backstretch. Hodnett slammed the door on Dietrich, with the two making contact and Dietrich ending up backwards atop turn three.
Brian Montieth, who was running sixth, was left with nowhere to go and was collected in the accident. Hodnett’s car was unscathed as he continued to lead.
The ensuing restart saw Lucas Wolfe charge into second with Donny Schatz following him into third. By the end of the 30-lap feature, the racing surface was exhausted with the bottom being the preferred line for most drivers.
Hodnett went on to win over Wolfe, Schatz, Daryn Pittman and Gravel completing the top five.
“Didn’t want to crash in the first feature. After that, the last thing I wanted to do was get together with Danny [Dietrich] in this one,” Hodnett said. “I’m very fortunate to be standing here now.”
Wolfe came forward from eighth to finish second.
“We were able to get going up top early, but once we got to the front we couldn’t get close enough to make a run for the lead,” said Wolfe. “This was a good way to end the night. Hopefully we can be back up here tomorrow.”
Behind Schatz, Daryn Pittman and National Open preliminary feature winner Gravel completed the top five.
RESULTS: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series; Williams Grove Speedway; Sept. 28, 2017
A-Feature: (30 laps): 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [$20,000]; 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe [$12,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [$6,000]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [$5,250]; 5. 5-David Gravel [$4,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [$4,000]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [$3,500]; 8. 69K-Lance Dewease [$3,000]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$2,750]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [$2,500]; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer [$2,300]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [$2,250]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson [$2,000]; 14. 44-Trey Starks [$1,600]; 15. 3H-James McFadden [$1,500]; 16. 1-Dale Blaney [$1,300]; 17. 16-Matt Campbell [$1,250]; 18. 19-Brent Marks [$1,050]; 19. 4-Parker Price-Miller [$1,050]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$50]; 21. 29-Danny Dietrich [$1,000]; 22. 21-Brian Montieth [$1,000]; 23. 39M-Anthony Macri [$1,000]; 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [$1,000]; 25. 25-Aaron Ott [$1,000].
Lap Leader(s): Greg Hodnett 1-30
KSE Hard Charger Award: 51-Freddie Rahmer (+15)
CREDIT: World of Outlaws