Local racing star killed in Speedway crash

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(Updated 9/21/2018)

New details about the death of a local race car driver after a Thursday night crash in York County. 

The York County Coroner released new details Friday morning that the driver died on impact at the first turn of the race. 

49-year-old Greg Hodnett died on the racetrack after losing control of his car on the first turn, the car then rolled over and crashed into a wall. That according to the coroner. 

The report says Hodnett was wearing a seatbelt and helmet. The crash happened just before nine last night at BAPS Motor Speedway in York County, formerly known as the Susquehanna Speedway.

Newberry Township police and EMS responded to the scene but it was too late. His family was at the racetrack when Hodnett died. 

Those who knew him say Hodnett was popular, personable and a successful driver. He lived in spring grove, Jackson Township. Hodnett was a member of the racing crew ‘The PA Posse.’

He won the Speedweek title this summer, for the 5th time in his career. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. 

Stay tuned to ABC27 News on air and online for updates and new information. 

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(Published 9/20/2018)

One of the most popular and successful dirt-track racers in Pennsylvania history has died in a crash Thursday night. 

Greg Hodnett was killed at York County’s BAPS Speedway. For years the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. 

Hodnett was driving when he was involved in an accident around 8:30 p.m. 

A statement on Hodnett’s website says, “Please keep Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers. Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!”

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