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Greg Hodnett fights off flat tire and competition to collect Grandview Speedway Speed Week bounty

Greg Hodnett fights off flat tire and competition to collect Grandview Speedway Speed Week bounty
Greg Hodnett grinds his way to the win in round four of the 2014 Pennsylvania Speedweek at Grandview Speedway. Credit: Jeremy Elliott|jelliott@pennlive.com

By Jeremy Elliott

Greg Hodnett was the fourth or fifth fastest car at Grandview Speedway Tuesday night.

Maybe worse.

But when you are a driver the caliber of Hodnett, you can make up for shortcomings. Things like a car lacking speed, a flat left front tire with five laps to go and competition breathing down your neck.

Hodnett had to deal with all three during Night 4 of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week. Still, the Thomasville driver overcame all obstacles to capture the 35-lap main event and claim a $5,000 payday.

“That is the understatement of the night,” said Hodnett when asked about being slower than some of his pursuers. “There was an advantage to not being in the lead.

“I was trying to stick to my guns and not run the wheels off. I waited until I saw somebody and if I ran the next corner hard, I got a good run and was able to use whatever line they were running.”

Continued Hodnett, “I moved to see if I was missing something. I wasn’t missing anything, I was blocking. Fortunately, in today’s Sprint Car racing, starting up front is a huge advantage and we took advantage of it.”

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