Racing community mourns death of sprint car driver Greg Hodnett

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Greg Hodnett was killed in a crash Thursday night during a sprint car race at BAPS Motor Speedway, the World of Outlaws confirmed. Hodnett was 49.

The York County Coroner’s office stated that Hodnett lost control of his car in Turn 1, causing him to hit a wall at high speed. The cause of the crash is still being investigated. The coroner’s office said that Hodnett died on impact at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday.

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

Hodnett was the 1993 Rookie of the Year in the World of Outlaws and went on to win 20 races. He won the feature on the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals last month and went on to finish 15th in the Knoxville Nationals later that week.

Many in NASCAR offered their condolences Thursday night.