Salute To Champion: Greg Hodnett

Greg Hodnett.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum officials have announced that next year’s “Salute to Champion” exhibition will honor late Greg Hodnett.

The plans for the exhibit were announced during the 57th annual Williams Grove National Open at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway. Also, Hodnett’s widow, Sherry, accepted the 2018 North American Sprint Car Poll Thomas J. Schmeh Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award on Greg’s behalf.

The exhibit, tentatively scheduled for May 1 through Oct. 1 will feature cars from Hodnett’s career, from Memphis all the way to his dominance in central Pennsylvania and points in between.

In addition, memorabilia from Hodnett’s career will be showcased.

Hodnett’s career began in Memphis and branched out nationally with the World of Outlaws, where he was named their rookie of the year. He accumulated over 250 wins in his career, as well as multiple championships.

“We’re absolutely honored to have Greg Hodnett as our spotlight for our annual Salute to Champion at the museum,” said National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum’s Bill Wright. “Greg had such an impact on not only what was going on on the track, but off it as well. It’s going to be a lot of fun for us to tell his story. He was dedicated to going faster every time out and used his engineering background and his experience to make it work on the track. More importantly, he was a great person.

“We’re excited that one of our longtime supporters, Roger Johnson, will be on board helping us with this one,” Wright added. “Roger was an important part of Greg’s career, starting from the beginning.”

The “Salute to Champion” exhibit will be the 10th and final salute exhibit for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.

Others honored have included Tony Stewart (2011), Jeff Gordon (2012), Mario Andretti (2013), Steve Kinser (2014), Doug Wolfgang (2015), Hall of Fame inductees at Indy (2016), Sammy Swindell (2017), Bryan Clauson and (2018) and A.J. Foyt (2019).

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