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Coroner identifies man who died at BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberry Township

YORK COUNTY -- Condolences are coming in on Facebook and Twitter for a local Sprint car driver who died in a crash on Thursday night.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. at the BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberry Township, York County.

According to the York County Coroner, Gregory Hodnett, 49, of Spring Grove, lost control of his car in the first turn of the race, causing him to hit a wall at a high rate of speed.

Hodnett was restrained and wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The coroner says that EMS and Newberry Township Police did respond to the crash, but Hodnett had died on impact.

World of Outlaws extended its condolences to  family and friends of Hodnett and Heffner Racing team in a statement online.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Heffner Racing issued a statement Friday afternoon.

Williams Grove Speedway announced on its Facebook page Friday morning that its scheduled racing for Friday night has been canceled, so that Hodnett's friends, family and the racing community would have time to grieve.


The coroner has been called to BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberry Township, dispatch confirms to FOX43.

The call went out just before 9 p.m. Thursday.

According to the speedway's website, the racetrack was hosting the "Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere Night."

This is a developing story. It will be updated when more information becomes available.