SELINSGROVE, PA -- Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn., romped to the second Selinsgrove National Open title of his career Sunday night in the 22nd running of the event sponsored by Alexander Dealerships. Hodnett collected $7,500 for his 17th overall...
SELINSGROVE, PA -- Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn., romped to the second Selinsgrove National Open title of his career Sunday night in the 22nd running of the event sponsored by Alexander Dealerships. Hodnett collected $7,500 for his 17th overall victory of the season and second of the year at the track, leading all 30 laps of the prestigious event.
"We have definitely picked up the pace the last three or four weeks," remarked Hodnett of his recent good fortune as the big money races of the season occur. He won $10,000 in the Port Royal Speedway Tuscarora 50 recently as well as back to back shows at Susquehanna and Williams Grove Speedway earlier in the weekend.
Hodnett had everything his way in the event despite being forced to weather seven caution periods over the 15-mile distance. After starting second alongside Keith Kauffman of Mifflintown, Hodnett took the lead at the start and was never heeded while the race raged on behind him.
He first entered traffic with six laps down and then again with 12 laps to go but both times had plenty of breathing room to negotiate the backmarkers. Kauffman held down second until lap 13 when fourth starter Chad Layton of Harrisburg assumed the position and tried to no avail to run down the leader.
Even with a yellow flag turned red for refueling with two to go Hodnett won the race unchallenged. Fred Rahmer of Salfordville who started 14th and was seeking his 33rd win of the season in the race, blasted into the top five with ten away and took third as Layton advanced to runner up but he too finished out of contention in third.
"We definitely wanted the front row for this race," Hodnett said. "It's tough to pass here but the car was good all night. Unfortunately we had a hole in the right rear there at the end so it's going to get flat. We were lucky to finish." Hodnett won by 1.25 seconds over Layton.
Rick Lafferty of Pennington, NJ., was fourth followed by Lance Dewease, Fayetteville.
Sixth through tenth went to Todd Hestor, Middleburg; Kauffman; Jeff Shapard, Upperco, MD.; Josh Wells, Thomasville; and Mike Erdley, Elizabethville.
Heats for the sprint cars went to Lucas Wolfe, Kenny Jacobs and Rahmer. Kauffman won the dash worth $300 and earned the pole for the feature event. Hodnett set fast time with a fast lap of 16.551 seconds and collected $200 from Alexander Dealerships.
By virtue of his third place finish, Rahmer took home honors as the 2004 Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series Champion at Selinsgrove. Rahmer joins Dewease and Layton as Selinsgrove series champions.
Jake Buck survived an intense battle at the front for the first 13 laps of the 20-lap pro stock feature before he and Todd Snook hooked up in the first corner allowing Nate Kerstetter to drive underneath and into the lead.
Kerstetter's win was his seventh of the season at the track.
9/26 RACE SUMMARY
Sprint Cars -- 25 entries
Feature finish (30 Laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Chad Layton, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Rick Lafferty, 5. Lance Dewease, 6. Todd Hestor, 7. Keith Kauffman, 8. Jeff Shepard, 9. Josh Wells, 10. Mike Erdley, 11. Kevin Nouse, 12. Blane Heimbach, 13. Brook Weibley, 14. Andy Mckisson, 15. Billy Simms, 16. John Smith, 17. Lucas Wolfe, 18. Todd Shaffer, 19. Kenny Jacobs, 20. Johnny Mackison Jr., 21. Mark Smith, 22. TJ Stutts, 23. Alan Cole, 24. Justin Seigler, 25. Randy Baughman
Heat winners (8 Laps): Lucas Wolfe, Kenny Jacobs, Fred Rahmer
Dash winner (5 Laps): Keith Kauffman
Qualifications: 1. Greg Hodnett16.551, 2. Mark Smith 16. 567, 3. Chad Layton 16.644, 4. Keith Kauffman 16.720, 5. Kenny Jacobs 16.757, 6. Rick Lafferty 16.844, 7. Todd Hestor 16.857, 8. Mike Erdley 16.866, 9. Brook Weibley 16.876, 10. Lance Dewease 16.923, 11. Kevin Nouse 16.939, 12. Josh Wells 16.943, 13. Lucas Wolfe 16.976, 14. Johnny Mackison Jr., 16.992, 15. Todd Shaffer 17.000, 16. Blane Heimbach 17.009, 17.Jeff Shepard 17.018, 18. Fred Rahmer, 17.070, 19. Randy Baughman 17.139, 20. TJ Stutts, 17.198, 21. Alan Cole, 17.249, 22. Andy Mckisson, 17.645, 23. John Smith, 17.953, 24. Billy Simms, 18.107, 25. Justin Seigler, no time.
Pro Stocks -- 19 Entries
Heat winners (5laps): Todd Snook, Troy Miller
Feature finish (20 laps): 1. Nate Kerstetter, 2. Troy Miller, 3. Gary Beward, 4. Peanut Heintzelman, 5. Jake Buck, 6. John Heane, 7. Jason Davis, 8. A J Hoffman, 9. Dan Jenson, 10. John Schmidt, 11. Roger Stoner, 12. Adam Jacobs, 13. Sam Trout, 14. Todd Snook, 15. Bill Conrad, 16. Jason Bowersox, 17. Bill Glass, 18. Bryan Bowersox, 19. Dave Bowsman