IMPERIAL, Pa. — official release — Renegade photo — Greg Wilson etched his name into the Renegade Sprints history book on Saturday when he powered to the action-packed victory.
Wilson became the second different winner in as many events and the first at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, where the grandstands packed with fans witnessed three-wide racing for a majority of the 25-lap feature.
“The race track was awesome,” he said. “I was able to really move around on the track a lot.”
Wilson, who started the main event on the inside of the fourth row, maneuvered into third place by the midpoint of the feature. He then joined the epic battle with polesitter Danny Holtgraver and Randy Hannagan for the lead.
The trio raced three wide for several laps before a caution on lap 14. Hannagan, who claimed the inaugural Renegade Sprints event on Aug. 23, restarted in the lead with Wilson running second and Holtgraver third.
“The track was nice and wide,” Hannagan said. “You could go anywhere. Greg showed his nose right before one of the cautions and I tried to block him on the restart, but it didn’t work.”
Hannagan and Wilson traded the lead several times following the restart with Holtgraver remaining within striking distance. Wilson took the lead for good with a handful of laps remaining and he worked through traffic effectively to notch the victory.
Holtgraver, a native of nearby Pittsburgh, recorded the runner-up result with Hannagan rounding out the podium.
“The track was perfect,” Holtgraver said. “You had to hustle the top or you could slow down on the bottom. You could race all over. We were three wide quite a few times. Wilson was unbelievable on the bottom.”
Chad Kemenah charged from 14th to earn a fourth-place result with Sheldon Haudenschild ending fifth.
Hannagan kicked off the night by establishing a track record during qualifying.