The dangers of a career in racing came to light once again on Thursday night (Sept. 20) after a horrible crash took the life of sprint car driver Greg Hodnett. The longtime dirt track driver was racing at BARS Motor Speedway in Pennsylvania. According to a coroner’s report, Hodnett was coming around turn one when he lost and crashed into the wall at a high speed.
“I am heart broke,” former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace wrote on his Twitter page just hours after news regarding Hodnett’s death began to spread. “My prayers are with his family. One of the most famous names in the history of DIRT Sprint car racing.”
I am heart broke.. My prayers are with his family. One of the most famous names in the history of DIRT Sprint car racing….. https://t.co/pTdqNNo2Iz
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) September 21, 2018
Fans will recall that Hodnett was the 1993 Rookie of the Year in the World of Outlaws and went on to win 20 races throughout his career. He was just 49 at the time of his untimely death. “To me, Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter.
Many in NASCAR have offered their condolences to the family and friends of Hodnett, including drivers such as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Greg Hodnett, his family and friends. I’ve always felt Greg was one of the best to ever strap into a sprint car and accomplish the things he has across the country. Feel honored to have had some great battles with him over the last few years! RIP
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) September 21, 2018
We all know the risks & rewards this sport presents, but the shocking, sudden loss that racing can bring is always a harsh reminder that neither today or tomorrow is promised. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and fans of Greg Hodnett & Heffner Racing.
Godspeed, Greg 🏁 pic.twitter.com/93cZ8pUku6
— Tony Stewart Racing (@TonyStewart_Rcg) September 21, 2018
growing up listening to stories of dad and hodnett battling at riverside speedway and then getting to know him and race with him, its a very sad night for the racing community. thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans!!
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) September 21, 2018
We too offer our condolences to the entire racing family as we all mourn this tragic loss.