Greg Hodnett was fast from the start of hot laps until the checkered flag waved over his No. 27 Sprint Car at Volusia Speedway Park (FL) at the end of the 30-lap main event for the All Star Circuit of Champions.
Hodnett started from the pole after winning the dash, and dominated the main event. Hodnett led all 30 laps and beat Danny "The Dude" Lasoski by 3.776 seconds at the stripe.
"My guys gave me a great race car and I could take advantage of a front row starting spot," Hodnett said in Volusia's victory lane. "That doesn't happen very often. I was just trying to do everything I could to take advantage of it and it worked out for us."
The start of the race was slowed twice for two incidents, including a strange one on the very first lap that saw Dave Blaney and Donny Schatz's cars get stuck together in turn one.
Those two restarts ended up being very important as Lasoski spun his tires both times and was never able to mount a charge after that.
"We were one short of where we wanted to be," said Lasoski. "The car was really working good. We have the speed but we got beat on both starts. I spun the wheels on the starts, so that's why we ended up where we ended up."
One man who was on a mission was Brad Sweet. Sweet started seventh and charged his way up to third, but wasn't able to make a run on Lasoski for second.
"The car was good all night," said Sweet. "We missed it a little bit in time trials to get in the Dash and that's really important. The track is just going to improve as the week goes on, but you couldn't really ask for a better race track. It was fun, (even though) it was hard to get through lapped traffic."
Even though Hodnett's dominating win made it look easy as he shot around the fast half-mile, he said his run was anything but easy.
"I was hand-over-hand a couple times in traffic," said Hodnett. "It was a little bit of a handful up on the cushion as I was trying to slide guys. Fortunately for us it worked out and we were able to get one of these (alligator) trophies."
The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series will be back on track for the second time during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia on Thursday evening.
To relive all of Wednesday's action from Volusia Speedway Park click the following link to view our Trackside Now coverage: http://speed51.com/trackside-now-dirtcar-nationals-at-volusia-sprint-cars-modifieds/
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com photo
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