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Sprint-car Veteran Greg Hodnett Killed in Crash at BAPS Motor Speedway

By Teresa Boeckel September 21, 2018

Sprint car driver Greg Hodnett died Thursday night in a crash at the BAPS Motor Speedway, the former Susquehanna Speedway, in Newberry Township, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Hodnett, 49, of Jackson Township, reportedly lost control of his car in Turn One during the race and hit a wall at a high speed.

He died on impact, the coroner said.

The cause of the crash, which happened just before 9 p.m., is still being investigated. He was wearing a seat belt and helmet at the time of the crash, the report states. 

An autopsy is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown to determine the cause and manner of death.

His family was present at the scene and notified about his death, the coroner said.

York County 911 says a call came in around 8:56 p.m. for a crash on the race track. It reportedly involved a roll over.

The race track had a race tonight, according to its website.

Racetracks and drivers from around the country took to Twitter to offer condolences to the driver's family, team members and ownership.

The World of Outlaws extended its condolences to Hodnett's family and friends and the Heffner Racing team.

Hodnett was one of the most popular Keystone State drivers and a member of the Pennsylvania Posse, the news release states. He was named the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1993. 

"To me, Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area," World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said in the news release.

Hodnett's death was the second time a driver was killed at the Newberry Township track since August 2015, when 66-year-old Maryland driver Carnie Fryfogle lost control of his vehicle.

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This story was first published on York Daily Record. Read the original article here.