Sprint car driver Greg Hodnett was killed last night (Thursday, September 20, 2018), in a single car crash at BAPS Motor Speedway in York County. He was 49 years old. Reports from spectators at the scene indicate that Hodnett lost steering control going into turn one, hit the wall at high speed and flipped over the partial retaining wall. A news release from the York County Coroner’s office supported those reports and confirmed that Hodnett died upon impact. No other vehicles or drivers were involved in the crash. Hodnett’s next of kin was at the scene.
The BAPS Motor Speedway event was not a sanctioned World Of Outlaws event, but Hodnett is best remembered as one of that sanctioning body’s long-time racers. He is most often associated with the “Pennsylvania Posse,” a group of local sprint car drivers in the Pennsylvania area that routinely take on the best that the rest of the country have to give, and come out on top. Hodnett was one of the favorites of that group. An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital. The cause and manner of death will be released following the autopsy.
A second generation driver that followed his father Hoyette into motorsports. His father frequently sponsored and ran his race teams until his passing in 2012 at age 69. Hodnett was the World of Outlaws rookie of the year in 1993 and won 20 races in the series over the years.
Hodnett’s death comes on the heels of Jason Johnson’s tragic death in a crash at Wisconsin’s Beaver Dam Raceway on June 23. Johnson, also a World of Outlaws sprint car driver, sent the racing world and WoO organization reeling in disbelief and sorrow. The well-liked Hodnett is likely to have the same impact on the racing world in a year that has seen its fair share of motorsports tragedies.
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The team at OneDirt.com send condolences to the family and friends of Greg Hodnett. Rest in peace driver, our world is less without you.