By Jeremy Elliott
Greg Hodnett and the Mike Heffner crew have been scratching their heads for most of the season.
It seemed like no matter what car was rolled out, it didn’t handle well. That’s led to some bad finishes and few wins.
And Hodnett hasn’t been happy.
Even in victory Tuesday at Grandview, the team struggled. So much so, that Hodnett brought out a new mount for Wednesday’s show at super-fast Hagerstown Speedway.
It did the trick. Hodnett fell behind Don Kreitz Jr. at the start but chased down the Sprint Car legend to score the victory in the 30-lap feature, good enough for his second straight Pennsylvania Speed Week win and a $5,000 payday.
“We got lucky with two front-row starting positions the last two nights, and the guys are doing a great job,” Hodnett said in Victory Lane.
“This is a brand new car. We brought our a new one Friday, and we struggled with it. This one is a little different, so we hope we can gain on it by the end of the week.”
If Hodnett does, it is bad news for the competition.
Even with setbacks, Hodnett recorded his 25th career Speed Week win. It was his fifth win of the season, tying him with Danny Dietrich for most in the central Pennsylvania region.
Hodnett also extended his Speed Week point lead. He has 652 markers to Lucas Wolfe’s 573. Dietrich (570), Brady Bacon (558) and Alan Krimes (547) complete the top five in the unofficial standings.
“Every race means something [in Speed Week],” Hodnett said. “The heat races, everything, there is no time off.
“I like that. I like when it gets hot outside and, hopefully, we can get our car to where we like it.”
It was closer.