"Smokey" Snellbaker to run Goodyear Masters Classic.
Induction into National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APR. 17, 2002) - Larry "Smokey" Snellbaker of Dover, Pennsylvania, is headed for one of the biggest weekends of his racing career on May 31-June 1 in Knoxville. The veteran Central Pennsylvania racer will compete in the Friday night, May 31, Goodyear Masters Classic 360-cubic-inch sprint car race aboard Laurie & Kevin Frey's JR Motorsports-powered Schnee machine. Then, on Saturday afternoon, June 1, Smokey will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements in the sport, including wins in All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), United States Auto Club (USAC), World of Outlaws (WoO) and open-competition events.
Snellbaker, whose best Masters finish to date is an eleventh in 1997, is excited about competing in the Corigliano's Pizza/Sander Engineering/Penske Shocks/Hoosier Tires-sponsored sprinter for friend Kevin Frey. According to Smokey, "I'd like to thank my friends Troy Renfro at JR Motorsports and Kevin Frey at Kevlar Racing for providing me with such an awesome piece of equipment for the Masters Classic. I plan to give (Roger) Rager, (Rick) Ferkel, (Chuck) Amati and (Jack) Hewitt some competition for the $3,000 winner's check!"
Frey offered his car to his hero for the tenth annual event because, as he said, "I saw Smoke win his first race at Susquehanna and have probably seen ninety percent of his wins. It's just an honor to have him race my car!"
As for his induction, Smokey calls it the 'biggest honor I've ever had since I've been racing.' Joining him as 2002 inductees are Jim McElreath, Jack Hewitt, Galen Fox, Sam Traylor, Dick Berggren, J. Gordon Betz, Joe Scalzo, the late Maynard "Hungry" Clark, the late Lloyd Beckman, the late Everett Saylor, the late John Bagley, and the late Ralph "Speedy" Helm.
The thirteenth annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet is open to the general public, and tickets are available for twenty dollars apiece by calling the museum at 1-800-874-4488. Goodyear Masters Classic tickets are available from the Knoxville Raceway at 641- 842-5431. It is expected that thirty drivers, each age fifty or over, will compete for the twenty starting spots in this year's Goodyear Masters Classic. To date, eighteen drivers have entered, including Jim Richardson of Graeagle, California, who is seeking a ride. Following the Friday night Masters race and the Saturday afternoon induction banquet will be a complete program of 410 c.i. winged sprints and the tri- sanctioned $4,000-to-win Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship.