SHERRY HODNETT TO HOLD INFORMATIVE DISCUSSION, GREG HODNETT DRIVEN NO. 27 SPRINT ON DISPLAY AT PPB MOTORSPORTS SHOW, SPECIAL BENEFIT AUCTION TO BE HELD
OAKS, PA January 2, 2019 . . . The legacy of one of the all-time great Sprint Car racers, Greg Hodnett, will be remembered at the annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Show Presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger. One of the Mike Heffner-owned No. 27 Sprint Cars that was driven by Spring Grove, Pa.’s Hodnett will be on display and a special benefit auction for his family will be held.
Hodnett was fatally injured in a Sprint Car accident on September 20.
His Sprint Car and auction items will be on display near the front entrance of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. during the show which runs from Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20.
Greg’s wife of 15 years, Sherry, is planning to be at the event to thank fans for their out pouring of support during her difficult time since his passing.
Sherry Hodnett has agreed to do hold a one hour discussion in a seminar room at the show on Saturday starting at 1 pm. to share what she has struggled through since Greg’s death in hopes of helping others be better prepared.
Tribute T-shirts and stickers will be on sale during the show and several collectable items will be selected for silent auctions.
On Sunday, January 20, the auction will take place in the E-Hall Stage area from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. More than 40 racing items from national and local Sprint Car racers will go up for auction, with funds raised benefitting Sherry and the Hodnett family.
The 49-year-old Hodnett, originally from Memphis, Tenn., won more than 250 features covering the World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions, Pennsylvania Posse and other events. He was also a multi-time champion at a number of tracks.
Several of his own personal items will be part of the auction, including a Hodnett race-worn helmet and driving suit. There will also be a No. 27 wing panel and other items from the race cars he had driven.
Other items already received for the auction include a signed door panel from Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race car, a signed piece of Jimmie Johnson’s Lowe’s NASCAR Cup entry and a Kasey Kahne Sprint Car wing panel. Many more items are expected before the benefit date.
A full list of items will be available at auctionzip.com, and will be on display during the three day show.
More than 200 racecars, representing a variety of divisions in the sport, will be on view during the Motorsports show which has more than 200,000 square feet of display space. And, many top racers and motorsports personalities will be appearing. As usual, all autographs will be free during the three day event.
Headlining the show will be NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham along with Ryan Preece who will be looking to capture NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.
There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.
A number of free industry seminars will be offered.
One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.
Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.
Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.
A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.
1-Please take a minute to sign Greg's Guestbook leaving any memories you have for the family
2-Please visit the official Go Fund Me page and donate if you are able https://www.gofundme.com/hodnett27
For those of you looking for Greg's apparel with the car from earlier this year, www.gottarace.com has a few left on its website. Head over there and order if you are interested in one of those.
Pennsylvanian's Josh Hill (left) and Super Sportsman racer Justin Foster (right) join Western PA modified racer Jeremiah Shindledecker carrying the Pennsylvania state flag during Saturday's opening ceremonies at the World Finals in Charlotte. Both Hill and Foster were proudly wearing their Greg Hodnett tribute shirt!
Hoyt Gregory “Greg” Hodnett
Spring Grove, PA
Greg Hodnett, 49, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from injuries sustained in a sprint car crash at a Pennsylvania race track.
He was born on June 18, 1969 in Memphis, TN. Greg was the son of Mona Jean Hodnett of Gun Barrell City, TX and the late Hoyette Arlington Hodnett, Jr. He was the son-in-law of Charles and Judith Miller of York, PA.
Greg graduated with honors from Memphis State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Greg's path in life turned him into a professional race car driver, competing with the World of Outlaws and a member of the Pennsylvania Posse for the past 19 years. He amassed over 250 career sprint car wins and won multiple championships. Greg was a member of the York County Racing Club.
Greg relocated from Tennessee to the Keystone State in support of his career and to “Pursue his Happiness”. This is where Greg found and married the love of his life and best friend, Sherry Lynn (Colin) Hodnett. Greg and Sherry have been together for 15 years. While Greg indeed loved racing, he loved his family and friends even more.
Including his wife and mother, Greg is also survived by three children: David Herbst, Jr. (Tara) of West York, Ashley Koontz (Jarid) of Thomasville, Jeremy Barnes on active military in Alaska, five grandchildren (Michael Trago, Zane Hall, Makayla Herbst, Jadin Koontz and Alexis Koontz), two sisters: Donna Coleman (Kyle) of North Richland Hills, TX and Shelia Dalrymple (Chris) of Memphis, TN, six nieces and nephews (Taylor Nielsen, MaKenzie Coleman, Jamey Coleman, Amanda Dalrymple, Tate Dalrymple, Dayne Dalrymple) and one great-nephew (Grady Hoyt Edmonds).
Greg was well accomplished in his career and there will certainly be a void on the track. The biggest void will be in the hearts of those he loved and who loved him. He will forever be missed by those who called him son, husband, father, family and friend.
A viewing will be 3-8 PM, September 25, Tuesday at Grace Fellowship Church 1405 Seven Valleys Rd. York, PA 17408. The Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 26, at the Church with the Rev. Jeff Myers officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Greg's name to York County Racing Club Injured Drivers Fund, 568 Yale Street, York, PA 17403 or to any charity of your choice in Greg's memory.