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25 September 1999
SNELLBAKER MAKES RETURN
TO SPORTSMAN VICTORY LANE;FIFTH
ANNUAL STREET STOCK 40 RACE TO SITES
MECHANICSBURG, PA - Popular
race car driver Smokey Snellbaker of Dover made a return visit to Victory Lane
Saturday night after capturing his second win of the season in the 25-lap Super
Sportsman main event at Silver Spring Speedway.
For Snellbaker, at the wheel of the Cumberland Valley Motors No. 340
entry, the win marked the 20th of his career at the track.
Jeff Leiphart of York recorded his fourth win of the season in the 25-lap
Late Model Invitational event, while current point leader Kirby Sites
of Hamburg drove to an exciting victory in the Fifth Annual Red Dog/Negley
Enterprises Street Stock 40.
Newport’s Tim Fedder was the evening’s fast qualifier for the Street
Stock division with a one-lap time of 20.11. Fedder later drew the “10” pill
for the inversion for the start of the Street Stock A-Main.
There will be no racing at Silver Spring Speedway this coming Saturday,
October 2 to honor the running of Williams Grove Speedway’s National Open for
will return to racing action on Saturday, October 9 with the final show of the
season featuring a complete program of Super Sportsman, Late Model and Street
Stock racing beginning at 7 p.m.
The start of the Super Sportsman feature saw several cars make contact in
turn one, causing only 19th place starter Pat Cannon to come to a
complete stop. When the race resumed, outside front row starter Bill Heckert
took the early lead.
Heckert was chased by rookie polesitter Rod Adams for the first three
laps before third-place starter Bobby Hockenberry moved into second. On the
ninth circuit, sixth-place starter George Riden advanced to the runner up spot.
On the 11th circuit, 14th-place starter Frankie
Herr powered into the third spot. A lap
later, Herr made a pass by Heckert for the lead using the inside lane coming off
turn four. Then Herr quickly stretched his lead to a straightaway by the
completion of lap 13.
On the 16th circuit, 12th-place starter Smokey
Snellbaker advanced to second and began to reel in the leader. The event’s
final caution flag unfurled on lap 19 and regrouped the field for a dash to the
For the restart, Snellbaker raced with Herr for the lead. On the 21st
circuit, Snellbaker drove a fast line around the top of the race track and made
the winning pass by Herr entering turn one.
Once in front, Snellbaker began to drive away and posted the win ahead of
Herr, point leader Carmen Perigo, Joe Reneker and Bob Fannasy, who is a close
second in the point standings. John Stoner, who won the Sportsman 100 the
previous week, was the event’s Timber Wolf Racing Hard Charger for starting 27th
(due to a tie in a consolation event) and finishing 10th.
Polesitter Sterling Kinard powered into the lead at the start of the Late
Model Invitational event. Kinard was trailed by second-place starter Dave
MaGilton for much of the event, while fifth-place starter Ed Jones raced in
On the 17th circuit, MaGilton made a pass for the lead with an
outside move by Kinard on the frontstretch. A circuit later, Jeff Leiphart, who
started ninth, drove into second and set his sites on the leader.
On the 19th lap, Leiphart pulled alongside of MaGilton and
raced side by side for the lead. Leiphart was scored as the leader on lap 21,
while MaGilton remained in striking distance.
Also in the final five laps of the event, Jason Covert, who started 11th,
began to show a lot of speed and raced a close third to MaGilton.
At the checkered flag, Leiphart was victorious by approximately 10
car-lengths over MaGilton, Covert, Kinard and Jones.
Sam Leonard started on the pole for the Street Stock 40 and took the lead
at the onset. Leonard led fourth-place starter Kirby Sites and second-place
starter Stan Wanner for the first eight laps of the event.
On lap nine, Sites took the lead with an inside pass by Leonard coming
off turn four. On the same lap, Leonard brought his race car to a stop in the
second turn. When the race resumed, Sites was leading Wanner, Roger Leaman, Tim
Fedder and Sam Gipe.
Fedder, who set fast time earlier in the night, looked fast in the main
event until he struck the outside frontstretch guardrail on lap 12 while
challenging for the third position.
On the 18th lap, 12th-place starter Joe Krick
passed Wanner for the runner up spot and began to reel in the leader. At this
point in the race, Sites had developed nearly a straightaway lead over the rest
of the field. By lap 26, however, a
war on wheels was unfolding at the front of the pack between Sites and Krick.
With five laps remaing, Sites and Krick raced bumper to bumper in
traffic. During this battle, Krick’s car began to smoke heavily, and on lap 37
became a traveling inferno when flames erupted under the hood of Krick’s No.
15, stopping the race. Krick escaped injury.
For the final three laps, Sites would have to contend with ninth-place
starter Scott Dellinger, who inherited the runner up position at the expense of
Krick’s misfortune. George Eash, who started 11th, also became a
threat as did seventh-place starter Joe Whiteley.
On the white flag lap, Eash edged out Dellinger for second and pulled
right up on the rear bumper of Sites in a race for the lead and win. At the
checkered flag, the top four runners crossed the finish line bumper to bumper:
Sites was victorious, while Eash, Whiteley, S. Dellinger and Bob Dellinger
rounded out the top five.
Ray Hoke was awarded the Turner Hydraulics Hard Charger for starting 22nd
and finishing 11th.
SILVER SPRING SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY –
25 September 1999
Super Sportsman – 45 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) 340 Smokey Snellbaker
2) 3 Frankie Herr 3) 2A Carmen
Perigo 4) 25S Joe Reneker 5) 1 Bob Fannasy 6) 10 Donnie Beaver 7) 12 Howie Locke
8) 32 George Riden 9) 22 Mark Smith 10) 4 John Stoner 11) 7 Russ Mitten 12) 63
George Group 13) 55H Tom Haxall 14) 69 Bobby Hockenberry 15) 93 Pat Cannon 16)
91 Lanny Hake 17) 42 JR Fry 18) 6 Rod Adams 19) 5B Dave Berkheimer 20) 66 Leroy
Martin 21) 17S Scott Snyder 22) 16 Paul Troutman 23) 25 Gerry Strawser 24) 34
Tim Fedder 25) 82 Bill Heckert 26) 49 Bobby Howard 27) 28 Keith Prutzman
Heat Winners: Dave Berkheimer, Bobby
Hockenberry, Joe Reneker, Rod Adams, Bob Howard
Consolation Winners: Bob Fannasy and Mark
Models – Top 24 In Points
Invitational: 1) 91 Jeff Leiphart 2) 2M Dave MaGilton 3) 15 Jason Covert 4) 12
Sterling Kinard 5) 29 Ed Jones 6) 75 Scott McCann 7) 51 Dave Graber 8) 78 John
Ebersole 9) 10 Gene Wrightstone 10) 116 Charlie Kope 11) F1 Jim Shuttlesworth
12) 9 Carl Graves 13) 25 Tom Blackwell 14) 43 Ron Little 15) 55 Bud Witmer 16)
76 Dave Eitner 17) 17K Brad Kling 18) 33 Harold Beinhower 19) 11 Dave Sokoloski
20) 4 Kenny Riland 21) 2 Scott Richwine 22) 22 Mark Billet 23) 41 Gary Potts 24)
0 Larry Baer
Street Stocks – 38 Entries
Fifth Annual Street Stock 40: 1) 95 Kirby
Sites 2) 69 George Eash 3) 33 Joe Whiteley 4) 32 Scott Dellinger 5) 31 Bob
Dellinger 6) 16 Gerry Stutting 7) 64 Stan Wanner 8) 11 Craig Morgan 9) 4C John
Greider 10) 4A Randy Askey 11) 10 Ray Hoke 12) 18 Brian Allan 13) 21 Roger
Leaman 14) 175 David Snow 15) 7 Mike Leonard 16) 15 Joe Krick 17) 8 Sam Leonard
18) 98 Sam Gipe 19) 34 Tim Fedder 20) 111 Dene Light 21) 29 Greg Foster 22) 0
Todd Bowersox 23) 2R Rod Clouser 24) 07 Mike Breneman 25) 3K Jim Kesenich
Time Trials (Top 14 Advance To A-Main):
1) Fedder 20.11 2) S. Dellinger 20.24 3) B. Dellinger 20.27 4) Whiteley 20.32 5)
Leaman 20.38 6) S. Gipe 20.38 7) Sites 20.39 8) Clouser 20.46 9) Wanner 20.52
10) S. Leonard 20.58 11) Eash 20.62 12) Krick 20.64 13) Breneman 20.64 14) M.
B-Main 1 (5 Transfer): Dean Light
B-Main 2 (5 Transfer): Gerry Stutting
Provisional (Highest Point Driver Who
Failed To Qualify): Todd Bowersox