Delta Bowl: Greg Hodnett race report

Memphian Greg Hodnett sweeps World Of Outlaws Delta shootout. Tunica, MS -- October 19, 2003- Native Memphian Greg Hodnett claimed win number twenty-four of the season, as he and his team made a clean sweep of the World of Outlaws Delta...

Memphian Greg Hodnett sweeps World Of Outlaws Delta shootout.

Tunica, MS -- October 19, 2003- Native Memphian Greg Hodnett claimed win number twenty-four of the season, as he and his team made a clean sweep of the World of Outlaws Delta Shootout, winning Saturday night at Delta Bowl Speedway before a standing room only crowd. Hodnett dominated the event Friday night winning by a straightaway. The 1993 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the year recorded his 23rd win Friday night and his 24th win of the season Saturday night.

"This is really special to win like this in front of the hometown fans," said Hodnett. "Last night I saw a lot of people I had not seen in a long time. Some who haven't seen me race in eight or ten years. I have to thank Apple Motorsports, Cars by Dealers Magazine and, of course, the Kele guys from Bartlett. This car has been awesome all year."

The driver of the #12 Apple Motorsports car won his heat race Friday night, which gave him the privilege of starting from the pole. When the green flag dropped the man dubbed the "Red Rocket" took off lapping 15 of the 24 cars in the race and taking the win.

Saturday evening Greg Hodnett won the dash, which determined the first eight starting positions for the A-feature. When the green flag fell Hodnett once again took the lead. 30 laps later Greg Hodnett took the checkered flag, winning by half a straightaway.

"I knew we had been competitive all year and we needed some brakes," said Hodnett. "Things seemed to work out for us. Hopefully we can do it again next weekend."

"I wanted to win a World of Outlaws show before the end of the season," said Crew Chief, Lee Stauffer. "We were picked to win the WoO race at Williams Grove, Pennsylvania and we just didn't make the right decisions at home. We just wanted to come down and do our best. Tonight, I think we did that."

This weekend marked the first time since 1995 that Hodnett has been able to race before his family and friends.

"It's nice to come and be competitive in front of the home crowd so they can see that all of the hard work and time away is starting to pay off," remarked Hodnett. "It is good to be home. It is real good to be able to sleep in my own bed after the race."

Cordova, Tennessee resident, Sammy Swindell finished 5th Friday night and 4th Saturday evening. World of Outlaws Rookie of the year, and Bartlett, Tennessee native Jason Sides finished 8th Friday night and 23rd Saturday evening.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Sammy Swindell , Jason Sides
Teams Williams