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Hodnett An Outlaw Winner Again

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 16 2009


Greg Hodnett had not won in a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race in nearly five years. But on Friday night  at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, he returned to Victory Lane.

Hodnett out ran Stevie Smith and Cody Darrah to collect the $10,000 top prize.

For Hodnett, the 1993 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, it was his seventh career A-Feature win with the World of Outlaws and his second with the series at Williams Grove Speedway.

“It has been a long, long time since I won an Outlaws race,” said Hodnett in Victory Lane. “Anytime you can win an Outlaws race is great and when you can win it in front of your home fans, it’s even better. All the Pennsylvania guys did really well and we are proud of them. We are very fortunate to be standing up here.”

On the opening lap, Hodnett got around Keith Kauffman to move into fourth after starting in the fifth position. Hodnett would eventually move into third when Ryan Bohlke fell out with mechanical problems on the 11th lap.

Smith found himself in lapped traffic seven laps into the race and was in heavy traffic on the 12th circuit when a caution flew, giving him clear track to operate with. Darrah looked high in turns one and two on the ensuing restart, but was not able to get enough momentum to make a move on the leader.

By the 17th lap the leaders were back in traffic and Darrah and Hodnett both closed in on Smith. For the next few laps the Top-three ran very close together. On the 21st lap, Hodnett got around Darrah for second and set his sights on Smith. The very next lap he took the lead from Smith on the bottom of turn three.

“I was moving around a little bit,” explained Hodnett. “I didn’t know when the top was blown off enough. The top was pretty low all night and it really wasn’t conducive to run the bottom early. For whatever reason it started getting crumbly off of (turn) two and off of (turn) four. I started getting better drive when I was waiting on it and running the bottom. I just kind of did what the car told me and fortunate for us we are in Victory Lane.”

On the white flag lap, the red flag flew for Lance Dewease who got upside. Since the lap was not complete, a restart was in order and by way of World of Outlaws rules, two full laps had to be completed in succession to end the race, thus extending it to 31 laps. Hodnett wound up leading the final 10 circuits aboard the Macri Concrete JEI.

“We were pretty good and had a good drive off, so if I covered the bottom I figured I would all right,” noted Hodnett of the green/white/checker finish. “I knew Cody (Darrah) was hauling it in a little harder than us, but I knew we had good drive off (the turn). I just tried to calm down and keep it underneath me.”

Darrah picked up his best career finish with the World of Outlaws coming home second aboard the J&K Salvage Maxim. After starting on the front row in the main event, he dropped to third after Hodnett got around, but he battled back and took the runner-up spot back from Smith late in the going.

“Second is really not that bad at the end of the day,” said Darrah. “On the restarts the motor stumbled a little bit and that kind of put me behind getting into (turn) one. Halfway through the feature I was running the top and getting a little loose and Greg (Hodnett) got by us both. We’re looking forward to getting this momentum going and keeping it.”

For Darrah, it was his second consecutive strong finish with the World of Outlaws, as he was seventh in his debut at Eldora Speedway last weekend. He continues to hone his skills against strong fields of cars each week, wherever he races.

“It gives you the feeling to be able to run it in harder,” he said of running up front. “This is awesome. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was beaten pretty hard with my confidence. We’re building it as we’re going and it’s definitely helping.”

Smith wound up leading 21 laps after winning the Crane Cams Dash to start on the pole in the Zemco Speed Equipment Maxim He ended up third when final checkered flag flew. It was his third Top-Five finish in five events with the World of Outlaws in 2009.

“We’ve had a good year so far and have just been struggling in the last half of the features here (at Williams Grove),” said Smith. “We’ll try to get better. The car is pretty nice right now and gets around here well, we just have to get it better later in the feature.”

Dave Ely scored his best career World of Outlaws finish on Friday night coming home fourth in the Shawn Martin Agency State Farm Insurance Wolfweld.

Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, came all the way from the 23rd starting spot to finish fifth in the Armor All J&J. He extended his lead in the championship standings to 39 points, after Steve Kinser had engines troubles that ended his night early. The pair was separated by just a single point entering the night.

“We had something happen at Delaware and didn’t find it until after the B-Main (tonight),” shared Schatz. “It’s a shame, but I guess you’ll have nights like that. Once we got everything lined out, starting 23rd and running fifth here is not bad. 30 laps was a short race and we’ll come back here in the fall and have 40 in the National Open and that’s another ball game.”

News and Notes:

• FAST QUALIFIER: Ryan Bohlke paced the 45 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval at 16.814 seconds at 107.054 mph. For his qualifying effort, Bohlke earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Greg Hodnett (4), Kevin Nouse (3), Brian Leppo (2), and Brian Montieth. (1).


• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Dave Ely, Todd Shaffer, Kevin Nouse and Cody Darrah won heat races. Stevie Smith won the Crane Cams Dash. Craig Dollansky won the B-Main. Don Kreitz Jr. won the C-Main

FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 18 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Lone Star Speedway and Houston Raceway Park), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway and Paducah International Raceway), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway), Greg Hodnett (Williams Grove Speedway), Tim Kaeding (Riverside International Speedway), Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway), (Tri-State Speedway) and Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway).

• HALF-MILE WINNERS: Williams Grove Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has raced 10 times this season on a track that size. The winners include: Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park and Lone Star Speedway), Greg Hodnett (Williams Grove Speedway), Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway) and Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, PA; May 14, 2009


1) 18-Ryan Bohlke 16.814

2) 22H-Greg Hodnett 16.820

3) 6N-Kevin Nouse 16.835

4) 71-Brian Leppo 16.846

5) 21-Brian Montieth 16.934

6) 7-Keith Kauffman 16.936

7) 1-Stevie Smith 16.940

8) 8M-Chris Meleason 16.993

9) 30C-Lance Dewease 16.997

10) 88-Todd Shaffer 17.006

11) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 17.025

12) 89-Cody Darrah 17.032

13) 75-Dave Ely 17.036

14) 15A-Adam Wilt 17.039

15) 19-Craig Dollansky 17.043

16) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.060

17) 25-Daryn Pittman 17.068

18) 11E-Mike Erdley 17.086

19) 45-A J Michael 17.121

20) 55-Chad Layton 17.126

21) 17B-Steve Buckwalter 17.126

22) 17-Pat Cannon 17.137

23) 11-Steve Kinser 17.151

24) R19-Jac Haudenschild 17.153

25) 22-Brian Ellenberger 17.159

26) 15-Donny Schatz 17.159

27) 39-Doug Esh 17.171

28) 9-Joey Saldana 17.188

29) 22Z-Justin Henderson 17.200

30) 7M-Mark Smith 17.205

31) 59-Jim Siegel 17.210

32) 51-Fred Rahmer 17.220

33) 14-Jason Meyers 17.250

34) 6-Danny Lasoski 17.272

35) 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr. 17.277

36) 87-Alan Krimes 17.305

37) 19M-Brent Marks 17.357

38) 7S-Jason Sides 17.404

39) 25A-Aaron Ott 17.459

40) 20-Kraig Kinser 17.464

41) 89G-David Gravel 17.478

42) 11C-Cory Haas 17.498

43) 13-Jesse Hockett 17.556

44) 98-Niki Young 17.651

45) 71X-Bill Stine 17.700

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 75-Dave Ely

2) 30C-Lance Dewease

3) 21-Brian Montieth

4) 25-Daryn Pittman

5) 18-Ryan Bohlke

6) 22Z-Justin Henderson

7) 14-Jason Meyers

8) 17B-Steve Buckwalter

9) 89G-David Gravel

10) 22-Brian Ellenberger

11) 71X-Bill Stine

12) 19M-Brent Marks

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 88-Todd Shaffer

2) 7-Keith Kauffman

3) 22H-Greg Hodnett

4) 15A-Adam Wilt

5) 11E-Mike Erdley

6) 15-Donny Schatz

7) 7S-Jason Sides

8) 17-Pat Cannon

9) 7M-Mark Smith

10) 6-Danny Lasoski

11) 11C-Cory Haas

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 6N-Kevin Nouse

2) 1-Stevie Smith

3) 11-Steve Kinser

4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

5) 39-Doug Esh

6) 59-Jim Siegel

7) 19-Craig Dollansky

8) 45-A J Michael

9) 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr.

10) 13-Jesse Hockett

11) 25A-Aaron Ott

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 89-Cody Darrah

2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

3) 71-Brian Leppo

4) 8M-Chris Meleason

5) R19-Jac Haudenschild

6) 55-Chad Layton

7) 9-Joey Saldana

8) 20-Kraig Kinser

9) 51-Fred Rahmer

10) 98-Niki Young

11) 87-Alan Krimes

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 1-Stevie Smith

2) 89-Cody Darrah

3) 18-Ryan Bohlke

4) 7-Keith Kauffman

5) 22H-Greg Hodnett

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

7) 30C-Lance Dewease

8) 75-Dave Ely

9) 88-Todd Shaffer

10) 6N-Kevin Nouse

C-main (8 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)

1) 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr.

2) 7S-Jason Sides

3) 20-Kraig Kinser [$125]

4) 19M-Brent Marks [$125]

5) 89G-David Gravel [$125]

6) 71X-Bill Stine [$100]

7) 11C-Cory Haas [$100]

8) 13-Jesse Hockett [$100]

9) 98-Niki Young [$100]

10) 87-Alan Krimes [$100]

11) 25A-Aaron Ott [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 19-Craig Dollansky

2) 17B-Steve Buckwalter

3) 15-Donny Schatz

4) 55-Chad Layton

5) 9-Joey Saldana [$200]

6) 14-Jason Meyers [$180]

7) 17-Pat Cannon [$175]

8) 51-Fred Rahmer [$160]

9) 45-A J Michael [$150]

10) 22Z-Justin Henderson [$150]

11) 7S-Jason Sides [$150]

12) 6-Danny Lasoski [$150]

13) 22-Brian Ellenberger [$150]

14) 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr. [$150]

15) 7M-Mark Smith [$150]

16) 59-Jim Siegel [$150]

A-main (30 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 22H-Greg Hodnett[5] [$10,000]

2) 89-Cody Darrah[2] [$5,500]

3) 1-Stevie Smith[1] [$3,200]

4) 75-Dave Ely[8] [$2,800]

5) 15-Donny Schatz[23] [$2,500]

6) 25-Daryn Pittman[17] [$2,300]

7) 88-Todd Shaffer[9] [$2,200]

8) 21-Brian Montieth[12] [$2,100]

9) 51-Fred Rahmer[28] [$1,250]

10) 7-Keith Kauffman[4] [$2,000]

11) 14-Jason Meyers[27] [$700]

12) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[6] [$1,200]

13) 6N-Kevin Nouse[10] [$1,100]

14) 8M-Chris Meleason[13] [$1,050]

15) 39-Doug Esh[24] [$1,000]

16) R19-Jac Haudenschild[22] [$900]

17) 71-Brian Leppo[11] [$800]

18) 9-Joey Saldana[25] [$0]

19) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[14] [$800]

20) 17B-Steve Buckwalter[20] [$800]

21) 55-Chad Layton[19] [$800]

22) 15A-Adam Wilt[15] [$800]

23) 30C-Lance Dewease[7] [$800]

24) 11-Steve Kinser[21] [$800]

25) 19-Craig Dollansky[16] [$800]

26) 18-Ryan Bohlke[3] [$800]

27) 11E-Mike Erdley[18] [$800]

28) 7M-Mark Smith[26] [$0]

Note: Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers used World of Outlaws provisionals to start the A-Feature. Mark Smith and Fred Rahmer used Williams Grove Speedway track provisionals to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Stevie Smith 1-21, Greg Hodnett 22-31
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Donny Schatz
Penske Power Position Award: Stevie Smith
KSE Hard Charger Award: Fred Rahmer


Top-10 in Points

  1. Donny Schatz 2482
  2. Steve Kinser 2443
  3. Joey Saldana 2416
  4. Jason Meyers 2395
  5. Craig Dollansky 2366
  6. Jason Sides 2323
  7. Danny Lasoski 2313
  8. Jac Haudenschild 2287
  9. Kraig Kinser 2215
  10. Sammy Swindell 209



– Courtesy the World of Outlaws

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 16 2009
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