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Silver Spring Speedway 


 25 September 1999

Steve Inch




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 Sprint Cars.

Silver Spring 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 checkered flag.

            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 third.

            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.       


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 Smith

Late Models – Top 24 In Points

25-Lap 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. Leonard 20.79

B-Main 1 (5 Transfer): Dean Light

B-Main 2 (5 Transfer): Gerry Stutting

Provisional (Highest Point Driver Who Failed To Qualify): Todd Bowersox



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