Greg Hodnett grinds his way to the win in round four of the 2014 Pennsylvania Speedweek at Grandview Speedway. Credit: Jeremy Elliott|

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

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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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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