Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc.

Posted by: Frank

Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc. - 12/16/06 01:33 PM

For further information contact the Slot Car Club Of The Twin Tiers at: sccottt1@yahoo.com or (607) 796-4129.

12/10/06

The Event: The 7th Annual Snowball 500 - Presented by Wizzard High Performance, Inc.

The Venue: The 18 turn, 83.5', Bowman Grand Champion 4-Lane Road Course located at the Slot Car Club Of The Twin Tiers, Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY.

The Cars: Vintage Aurora Thunderjet HO-Scale Slot Cars running to SCCOTTT Super Stock, (Fray style,) rules. Call or e-mail for complete rules.

The Time - *new start time*: Saturday, December 30, 2006. Practice opens at 10:00, pre-race tech begins at 2:30, qualifying at 3:00.

Entry Fee: $10.00 entry fee, $5.00 for club members; free to spectate.

The Prizes: Half of all entry fees will be distributed among the top four finishers with additional awards donated by Wizzard High Performance, Inc.

The Sponsor: Wizzard High Performance, Inc.

Event History: Frank Spena Jr. has won all six previous Snowball 500s. In 2005 Dave Hendrickson finished second followed by polesitter Ryan Hendrickson and Jeff "Hoss" Phoenix. The Snowball has been a hit from the beginning and always produced tremendous racing and record performances.

Concourse d'Elegance:

The Slot Car Club Of The Twin Tiers will hold a Concourse d'Elegance as part of the Snowball 500 pre-race activities. Concourse entries will cost $2 per car entered. The winning car, as voted on by entrants and spectators, will take home half of the entry fees with the other half going to the club. Any type of HO car is eligible but all concourse entries must be able to complete one lap on the Grand Champion under their own power. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.

Provisional Entry List
Driver, Home Town - Entrant

Andy Bardoe, Sayre, PA - Self

Tom Bowman, Virginia Beach, VA - Team BRP; http://www.bat-jet.com/index.html

Alex Carmody, Horseheads, NY - Self

Henry Harnish, Randolph, NJ - Self - www.henryharnish.com

Dave Hendrickson, Erin, NY - KRD Racing

Kevin Hendrickson, Erin, NY - KRD Racing

Ryan Hendrickson, Erin, NY - KRD Racing

Dan "LD" Hungerford Jr., Elmira, NY - Self

Ernie Langford, Holland, NY - Self

Warren Lux, Springville, NY ? Lux Racing

George Mest, Springville, NY ? Crash?N?Burn Raceway

Cliff Potter, Sayre, PA - Self

Joe Saccomanno, Alden, NY - JoeJets

Frank "Chub" Spena Jr., Horseheads, NY - Frank Spena Racing; www.geocities.com/chub350/fsrho.html

Scott Udave, Buffalo, NY - Self

Dave Van Duzer, Horseheads, NY - Van Duzer Hobbies

Larry "Lawrence of Moravia" Weaver, Moravia, NY - Kanga Kars

Gary Weber, Horseheads, NY - Self

Mike Wulff, West Valley, NY ? Team Wulff


RACE PREVIEW

For the first time in the event's history the Snowball 500 will be run on a track other than the Buck Track Bansai. The new Bowman Grand Champion road course was so popular with the competitors at the Turkey 250 that the decision was made to switch from the Buck for the Snowball. Along with the switch of tracks, will be a switch of procedure. In order to finish the race within a reasonable amount of time on the longer track, the final will be for 500 HO scale miles, as opposed to the 500 laps done on the Bansai.

Dave Hendrickson enters the Snowball as the favorite. Hendrickson enjoyed a dominant performance in the final of the Turkey 250 in November and recently reset the SS T-Jet lap record on the Grand Champion. Hendrickson has finished in 2nd place in the last three Snowball 500s and is keen to move to the top step of the podium.

His biggest challenge will most likely come from Frank Spena Jr. and Ryan Hendrickson. Spena, the 6-time and defending Snowball champ, is making a temporary return to T-Jet racing to try to win one on the Grand Champion. He managed to take the pole at the Turkey 250, but didn't have the car to run with Hendrickson in the final. That loss was his first major loss in this type of racing since finishing 2nd at the World Championships in October of 2003, and his first PRR/SCCOTTT Majors loss since taking 3rd at the Race Rundown 100 in September of 2001. He is sure to be snapping at Hendrickson's heels the whole way.

Ryan Hendrickson is the defending pole winner at the Snowball 500. He nearly took pole again at the Turkey 250 and did sit on the pole at this year's UFHORA National championships. Mechanical problems kept him out of the final at the Turkey just when it looked like he might have had the best car, but he is sure to be ready for the big one and could surpass Spena to be the strongest challenger to his Dad...

These three promise to put on what could be the most interesting Major in SCCOTTT/PRR history. All three were strong at the UFHORA National championships this summer, with Spena edging out Dave and Ryan, and look to carry their tremendous rivalry into the Snowball. There could be other challengers, however...The legendary Henry Harnish has not yet committed to entering the Snowball 500, but could be attending. Harnish, 1962 Ford Aurora National Champion, returned to slot car racing just a few years ago and has been steadily improving ever since. The New Jersey racer's cars are known for having big power and that could be a major factor on the Grand Champion. Harnish finished 10th in last year's Snowball. Gary Weber has been steadily improving his T-Jet program and could surprise. George Mest has made it to the final in a SCCOTTT Major two times in a row - both times making it from the Last Chance Qualifier. If he finds a little more performance, he will be right in the hunt. Virginia Beach's Tom Bowman, the legendary creator of the magnetic slot car, has made it to the last three Snowball 500s with a best finish of 6th. Bodies made by Bowman's company, BRP have won the last four Snowball 500s and Bowman himself can never be counted out.

7th Annual Snowball 500 Title Sponsor:

Wizzard High Performance, Inc.
Bedford, PA
Phone: (814) 623-7482
Web Site: http://www.wizzardho.com/index.html
E-mail: wizzardho@yahoo.com

SCCOTTT's Wednesday Night HO Racing Series runs every Wednesday evening with races beginning at 7 PM. Current classes are Super Stock T-Jet and Johnny Lightning GT. Call or e-mail for rules.

SCCOTTT's Friday Night 1/32 Racing Series runs every Friday evening with races beginning at 7:00 PM. Current classes are World Sportscar Championship, (WSC,) GT, Non-Magnet Open and 1/24 Le Mans. Call or e-mail for rules.

The Slot Car Club Of The Twin Tiers is a non-profit group of enthusiasts dedicated to promoting slot car racing in the Southern Tier of NY and the Northern Tier of PA. Please stop in or check out the club web site.

Slot Car Club Of The Twin Tiers
2117C Grand Central Ave.
Horseheads, NY 14845
Web Site: http://www.geocities.com/sccottt1/clubmain.html
E-mail: sccottt1@yahoo.com
Posted by: wizzardAdministrator

Re: Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc. - 12/20/06 10:41 AM

Frank,
Some directions would be nice. laugh
Posted by: KRD Racing

Re: Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc. - 12/24/06 11:57 AM

Directions to the Slot Car Club Of The Twin Tiers (SCCOTTT).

Follow NY I86(formerly Rt.17) to Horseheads New York.

Turn South onto Grand Central Avenue.

SCCOTTT is about a quarter mile on the right.


Look for in order(all on the right):
Burger King
Wendy's
Small Pizza Shop (Pizza Pickup)
White "Counseling" House.
SCCOTTT - White House - We are in the back.


There is some parking in front and in the back via a driveway to the left of the house.


We are open December 27th and 29th from 6pm until ??

For the Snowball 500 race we will open at 10am on Saturday Dec. 30 for practice. Prerace Tech begins at 2:30 and racing at 3pm.


We hope to see some of you join us for some great TJet racing.


Merry Christmas to all!!!!!
Dave
Posted by: Van Duzer Hobbies

Re: Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc. - 12/24/06 07:05 PM

Bob
Are you thinking about coming to the Snow Ball?
You could even win back some of your prizes back.

Dave Van Duzer
Posted by: wizzardAdministrator

Re: Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc. - 12/27/06 03:46 AM

Dave,

Quote:
Are you thinking about coming to the Snow Ball?
Thats the plan so far.

Quote:
You could even win back some of your prizes back.
So now you have jokes? :p laugh
Posted by: wizzardAdministrator

Re: Announcing the 7th Annual Snowball 500 Presented By Wizzard High Performance, Inc. - 12/29/06 12:19 PM

Did you guys know that Saturday Dec. 30 is be kind to old guys day? laugh