GREG HODNETT WINS MACH 1 CHASSIS SPRINT FEATURE AS DUANE HOWARD TOPS ALL IN PPB RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED FEATURE TUESDAY AT GRANDVIEWadmin
It could very well go down as one of best nights of racing in 2014!
~ The large crowd on hand was thriller with two spectacular feature events Tuesday night at the Grandview Speedway as the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrated their twenty-fifth season.???? Greg Hodnett won the 35 lap Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week 410 sprint feature event presented by MACH1 Chassis as Duane Howard rebounded after a wild crash Saturday night to win the Pioneer Pole Buildings Race of Champions 60 lap feature event.?? Both feature events were spectacular with the feature winners in both events being decided on the final laps.?? For the one-hundred and twelfth event in Thunder on the Hill Racing, a total purse in excess of $50,000 was paid to the two divisions.
The? NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing welcomed a big turnout of racing fans as the event opened with the CnB Mushrooms? 410 sprint time trials.??? Lucas Wolfe driving the ZEMCO sprint car set fast time, turning the one lap with a time of 12.032.?? The three 410 sprint qualifying events were won by Brent Marks,?? Austin Wheatley and? Kyle Reinhardt.
The Modified? Race of Champions qualifying event winners? were Rick Laubach, Stew Friesen, Craig VonDohren and Duane Howard with the consolation victory going to? John McClelland.
?Both fields were set and the fast moving show was now ready to present the MACH 1 Chassis 35 lap sprint feature.
Greg Hodnett, driving the Mike Heffner sprint car set the early pace followed by? Darren Mollenoyux and Lucas Wolfe.? By lap seven Wolfe was second and chasing down Hodnett.? Alan Krimes and Danny Dietrich were on their way to the front of the pack.??? On lap fourteen, Wolfe caught Hodnett and staged the first challenge for the lead with Alan Krimes racing in third.
As the halfway point of the race, Hodnett, Wolfe, Danny Dietrich, Krimes and Mollenoyux were the top five.???? On lap nineteen, Dietrich, using the outside lane, moved into second and he began to chase down the leader.? On lap twenty-four, there were three cars racing under a blanket? for the lead with Hodnett, Dietrich and Dewease in a battle.? Lap after lap Dietrich rode the outside boiler-plate as he challenged Hodnett for the lead.
On lap twenty-four, Lucas Wolfe? now joined the battle for the lead with Brent Marks just outside the top five.? Hodnett, Dietrich and Wolfe were no in a three way battle for the lead.? Dietrich made a challenge for the lead lap after lap then on lap twenty-eight, Lucas Wolfe moved into second.?? Wolfe now challenged for the lead and with just two laps to go, Hodnett and Wolfe crossed the line side-by-side.?? Hodnett held off the challenges of Wolfe to score his seventh career Thunder on the Hill victory and collected? $5,000.
In the sixty lap PPB Race of Champions feature, pole sitter Stew Friesen led the first lap with Rick Laubach taking the top spot on lap two.??? The one and only caution flag of the race? came out on lap two for Craig VonDohren who had a flat tire.?? On the restart, Friesen remained the leader with Laubach in the hunt.? MeMe DeSantis passed Laubach for second? on lap five, but one lap later, Laubach returned to second.? Duane Howard, who flipped violently on Saturday night was in the hunt and running third.
On lap fifteen, a three car battle for the lead was unfolding between? Friesen, Laubach and? Howard.?? As the leaders approached? lapped traffic, Friesen appeared to have an edge, pulling away from the rest of the field.?? As the field approached the halfway point of the race, Jeff Strunk was now reeling in the leaders, making it a four car race for win.???? As the field passed on lap thirty-eight, Friesen, Laubach, Howard and Strunk were now surrounded by slower traffic as the four drivers began to duke