2009-10-08 / Local & State

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

The Pennsylvania Posse kept its 2009 domination over the World of Outlaws intact Saturday night when Greg Hodnett drove to his first career Williams Grove Speedway National Open victory and Cody Darrah captured the Summer Nationals that were postponed from July.

Hodnett led all 40 laps to capture the biggest payday of his stellar racing career in the Open as he picked up the $50,000 prize after keeping Donny Schatz at bay during the entire distance including through several red and yellow flag periods.

Hodnett’s win was his 10th of the season and 42nd career at the Grove, moving him into sixth on the all-time track win list.

Schatz finished in the runnerup spot over Jason Meyers, Fred Rahmer, Danny Lasoski, Pat Cannon, Joey Saldana, Steve Kinser, Mark Smith and Alan Krimes.

The Summer Nationals were ran following the Open and Darrah led all 30 laps to bring home the big $20,000 payday in his biggest-ever win. He defeated Saldana, Lance Dewease, Lasoski, Kinser, Schatz, Keith Kauffman, Meyers, Sammy Swindell and Rahmer.

With his win, Hodnett moved to within 90 points of the sprint car point lead with two races remaining at the Grove this season, a feat pretty impressive considering the fact that he failed to start four features during the season.

Jason Miller captured the $5,000 top prize in his first-ever visit to Susquehanna Speedway Park Saturday for the Susquehanna Showdown. Miller won the 50-lap 358 Late Model feature over Justin Ehrhart, Randy Christine Jr., Charles Potts and Carl Graves.

“Racin Jason Covert” cashed in big Sunday night at Allegheny Motor Speedway with his second career win in the Big Kahuna for Late Models. Covert won $10,000 for his eighth overall win of the season as he defeated Davey Johnson, DJ Troutman, Gary Stuhler and Jeff Rine.

Thrilled to see Penn State had a good showing in Illinois and thankful for a great bunch of family and friends who helped me celebrate a big weekend birthday. E-mail reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.

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