Speedweek rolls back to Port tonight

PA Speedweeek is in full swing.

So far only Port Royal Speedway has lost a race to weather. Thursday’s program was rained out after mid afternoon showers drenched the region.

Speedweek has been a mixed bag for Greg Hodnett. Entering last night’s action, Hodnett was the Speedweek points leader trailed by Lucas Wolfe. Hodnett held a 79 -point advantage, 652-573, over Wolfe. Danny Dietrich was third with 570 points follwed by Brady Bacon in fourth with 558. Alan Krimes completed the top five with 547. The points standings should shuffle because Bacon is expected to have other commitments and is not expected to run the last three events. More on Bacon shortly.

Greg Hodnett has gone through highs and lows en route to the points lead. Hodnett started Speedweek with a fifth-place finish last Friday at Williams Grove. Lincoln Speedway was not kind to Hodnett and he finished 15th. At Path Valley last Sunday Hodnett finished ninth. Then the Thomasville driver came alive and reeled off two consecutive wins at Grandview and Hagerstown speedways.

Grandview wasn’t pretty and Hodnett struggled with flat tires. Along the way Hodnett managed to stay out front and admittedly blocked Lucas Wolfe to secure the win. Hodnett and his team haven’t been satisfied with their performance and broke out a brand new car for Hagertown. They found speed immediately. Maryland State Police clocked Hodnett on radar at 138 mph on the back straightaway during the feature. That’s fast, and sprint cars don’t lose a lot of corner speed at the Hub City oval. If the trend continues look for Hodnett to be a contender for another title.

One final note, the Hagertown victory was Hodnett’s 25th Speedweek win of his career.

Tomorrow Selinsgrove Speedway wraps up Speedweek with the running of the Jan Opperman Memorial race which pays the winner $5,000 to win and $400 to start. Also on the card are the 305 sprint cars and super sportsman. The Snyder County oval is also in action tonight with a late model summer championship that pays the winner $2,000.

Susquehanna Speedway will be closed for summer break from now until July 17. Lewistown 305 sprint car driver Eric Parker won last Sunday night’s race at the York County oval.

Hagerstown Speedway is in action this evening with an AMA Motorcycle event. Lincoln Speedway hosts a 358 sprint car championship. Port Royal Speedway has a Speedweek program scheduled paying the winner $5,000.

And, congratulations to Lucas Wolfe on becoming a new father last Saturday. Wolfe skipped the Lincoln Race.


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.