By BRAD VORES
YORK HAVEN, PA – It had the makings of the last time the BAPS Coatings and Supplies 410 Sprint Series competed at Susquehanna Speedway when Greg Hodnett led all but the lap that counted.
Hodnett made sure that wasn’t the case in Sunday night’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops event as he dominated all 30 laps of the A-Main to close out the four-race All Star swing through Central Pennsylvania.
Hodnett’s win also gave the PA Posse four straight weekend wins over the All Stars but the win was the Spring Grove drivers first All Star triumph since June 2015.
Hodnett won the first Dash that put him on the pole for the $5,000 to win event but a quick caution for a multi car pileup on the second lap slowed the pace.
When the green replaced the yellow, Hodnett immediately pulled away from the field as fourth starting Lucas Wolfe moved into the runner-up spot.
Wolfe stayed within striking distance of Hodnett who worked his way through heavy lapped traffic starting on lap eight as the race stayed green until the 25th lap when officials thought Tyler Esh was going to stop and threw the yellow flag.
The yellow wiped out a near six-second advantage Hodnett had over the field and put Wolfe on his bumper for the restart.
Like the July race, Wolfe chased Hodnett until the final lap when he stole the win but Hodnett wasn’t able to let that happen this time as he pulled away from Wolfe over the final five circuits to become the first repeat winner in BAPS 410 Sprint action this season at Susquehanna.
Hodnett’s win in the Mike Heffner owned #27 was his fifth of the year in Central PA and came over Wolfe by nearly two seconds.
Lance Dewease finished third ahead of Anthony Macri and Brock Zearfoss with Tim Shaffer, Mark Smith, Danny Dietrich, Dale Blaney and Max Stambaugh completing the top ten finishers.
Ryan Smith paced the 36-car All Star field in time trials with a lap of 15.317 seconds to earn the $500 bonus from Emory Transmissions.
All Star heat races were won by Dewease, Zearfoss, Macri and Hodnett while Hodnett and Macri were the two Dash winners. Sammy Swindell won the B-Main.
Trey Starks picked up the $500 bonus from Brown and Miller Race Solutions for the Hard Charger. Starks started 23rd and finished 14th.
Like Hodnett, Nick Sweigart wired the field to post the win in the 20-lap Freedmont® Mortgage PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint car feature.
Starting on the pole, Sweigart dominated the event but two late race cautions kept things interesting at the front but it was Sweigart scoring his first win at the track ahead of Kyle Smith, Darren Miller, Austin Bishop and Kassidy Kreitz with 16th starter Dave Brown coming home sixth over Eddie Wagner, Zach Newlin, 21st starter Ken Duke, Jr. and John Scarborough.
Drew Ritchey, Scott Ellerman, Ian Detweiler and Darren Miller were heat race winners for the 37 Freedmont® Mortgage 305 Sprints. Ken Duke, Jr. and Greg Dobrosky were double consolation winners.
The next BAPS 410 Sprint Series event will be on Thursday night, September 21 when the 410 Sprints will be joined by the Central PA Legends. Race time will be 7PM.
Susquehanna Speedway returns to action Saturday night, August 26 on Hanover Auto Team Night featuring the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman, Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Models, Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stocks and Superior Homes Extreme Stocks. Race time is 7PM.
RACE RESULTS 8/20/17
ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS-JUSTIN SNYDER SALUTE TO THE TROOPS/BAPS AUTO PAINTS AND SUPPLIES 410 SPRINTS (30 LAPS)
1. 27-Greg Hodnett, 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 3. 69K-Lance Dewease, 4. 39M-Anthony Macri, 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 7. M1-Mark Smith, 8. 48-Danny Dietrich, 9. 1-Dale Blaney, 10. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 12. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13. 21-Brian Montieth, 14. 44-Trey Starks, 15. 35-Tyler Esh, 16. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 17. 99M-Kyle Moody, 18. 14-Tony Stewart, 19. 17-Caleb Helms, 20. 07-Sammy Swindell, 21. 5T-Tyler Ross, 22. 94-Ryan Smith, 23. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 24. 39-Cory Haas, 25. 24-Rico Abreu, 26. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe.
Did Not Qualify: Anthony Fiore, Jordon Mackison, Justin Barger, Hunter Mackison, Coleman Gulick, TJ Michael, John Garvin, Brent Matus, Ryan Campbell, Brandon Matus.
FREEDMONT® MORTGATE LENDING PASS/IMCA 305 SPRINTS (20 LAPS):
1. 8-Nick Sweigart, 2. 17-Kyle Smith, 3. 9C-Darren Miller, 4. 11-Austin Bishop, 5. 69K-Kassidy Kreitz, 6. 44X-Dave Brown, 7. 70-Eddie Wagner, 8. 11z-Zach Newlin, 9. 67-Ken Duke, Jr., 10. 61-John Scarborough, 11. 8D-Scott Ellerman, 12. 9B-Brendan Poff, 13. 0-Kyle Ganoe, 14. 50-Jay Krout, 15. 5-John Walp, 16. 88-Greg Dobrosky, 17. 19-Ian Detweiler, 18. 36-Jaremi Handon, 19. 99-George Riden, 20. 23-Samantha Lieberman, 21. 880-Drew Ritchy, 22. 12-Joe Kay, 23. 75-Dylan Shatzer, 24. 30-Dave Grube.