PPB Motorsports Show Marks Debut of Snyder/Hehnly 600cc Combo

Date: 1/17/2016 10:18:31 PM

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PPB Motorsports Show Marks Debut of Snyder/Hehnly 600cc Combo

by BARRY ANGSTADT

 

Manheim, PA -  This weekend's PPB Motorsports Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. will mark the debut of a new 600cc Micro-Sprint team...and a formidable one at that.

 

  A pair of 600cc veterans out of Manheim, Pa. - Heath Hehnly and Chris Snyder - are getting together for the first time, and car owner Snyder will unveil his new creation in the Hyper Racing booth at the popular off-season display of freshly minted racing machines, race team and fan related vendors, and motorsports celebrities. The 2016 PPB Motorsports Show runs Friday through Sunday, January 22-24.

 

  Snyder, the driver turned car owner, has been working with "up and coming" drivers over the past several seasons, including Ryan Morris and, most recently, Jared Esh. Teaming with an experienced wheel-twister is a switch for Snyder, but it's a change that has him excited for the new campaign.

 

  "A few years ago, Heath actually approached me and said, if the opportunity ever came up, he'd like to drive for me," explained Snyder. "With Jared moving up to big Sprint Cars and Heath being available for this year, it just seemed like it's now or never. Things just fell into place and we figured the time is right for us to work together."

 

  A major goal for the car owner is the 2016 point championship at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. He and Esh authored several feature wins together and contended for the 600cc title at the Clyde, but they were not able to grab that brass ring. Hehnly, meanwhile, is a four-time point champ at Clyde Martin, winning the 600cc crown in 2009, '11, '13, and '14. He and Mike Rutherford are tied for the most championships since the 600's became a weekly division at the Clyde in 2005.

 

  The No. 83 that Hehnly will pilot - and will be on display at Motorsports this weekend - is a 2016 Hyper Four Bar, W-Link car and, says Snyder, "will sport some different things that we're trying to make it better than the car I had last year."

 

  Snyder also has a new partnership with engine builder Scott Spahr. The No. 83 will be powered by Yamaha R6 engines assembled and tuned by Spar Motors with Hyper Fuel Injection.

 

  While Hyper Racing and Spar Motors are the major backers of the Snyder/ Hehnly effort, several additional marketing partners will also be lending support that is critical to the team's success. Bud's Spring and Suspension of Lancaster, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Hammerdown Components, H.E. Performance, PPG Paint of West Lake, Ohio, and Chop Designs are associate sponsors along with Zartman Erosion Control and Don/Cin Transport. Zartman and Don/Cin are new sponsors for Snyder, but they are certainly not strangers to the sport. Jeff Rine of Wing Dynamics also backs the Snyder/Hennly race team.

 

  The newly formed combination intends to make Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway its Saturday night home as they go for the title Snyder so desperately wants, that elusive 600cc championship. They will also enter the Fred Rahmer promoted events at Path Valley, make a few visits to Linda's Speedway on Friday nights, and hit the big-money shows at the end of the season.

 

  Snyder takes great pride in the appearance of his cars, as evidenced by the 2015 Best Appearing Car Award his No. 83 received at Lanco's Awards Banquet in November. He believes his new creation may actually outdo last year's mount, with a pearl white and blue - with some silver added - scheme on the body panels and blue wings adorning the ride that Hehnly will steer.

 

  Everyone's first look at the finished product will come this weekend at the big show in Oaks.



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