Well-known Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in crash

Greg Hodnett killed in sprint-car crash at BAPS Motor Speedway in Pennsylvania

One of the most successful members of the Pennsylvania Posse, Greg Hodnett, died as a result of a crash on Thursday night while racing at BAPS Motor Speedway.

The 49-year-old Hodnett was a five-time champion at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

He was 1993 World of Outlaws Rookie of the year and later captured 20 career Series wins.

NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson, who occasionally compete in sprint cars and had competed against Hodnett, expressed their sadness on Twitter. Feel honored to have had some great battles with him over the last few years!

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

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According to ESPN, Hodnett lost control of his race auto at Turn 1 while contesting a track-sanctioned race not associated with the World of Outlaws organization, crashed into the wall at "high speed" and died on impact, citing a York County coroner news release.

Hodnett was a second generation sprint auto racer, having followed his father Hoyette into the sport.

"Wishing my father in heaven a Happy Birthday".

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com's Automotive Editor.

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