Silver Spring History Page
OFFICIAL SILVER SPRING SPEEDWAY
It is said that the only thing that remains constant is change.
the coming year and hereafter, there will be a big change in the
landscape along the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg.
Saturday evening auto racing programs every year since its inaugural
season in 1953 the Silver Spring Speedway will not open for the 2006
The speedway property will be razed for the construction
a shopping center....read
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Front row left to right: Fred Putney, Gary Wolford, Ray
Tilley, Lynn Weibley, Gene Kohr, Lee Parthemore
Back row left to right: Bobby Gerhart, Bobby Brymesser,
Earman Fulk, Bill Miller, Ken Fortna, Ed Leiss, Bob Danner
1964 Aerial Shot of Silver Spring
From 1954 to 2005 Silver Spring Speedway ran over
2500 feature events with 120 track champions and
20 sportsman tour champions crowned. The most feature wins for
each division of car are:
Starting in 1975 the track held the first annual ”Sportsman 100”
And the winner of the race was Fred Putney. At the 31st annual
“Sportsman 100” in 2005, Dave Calaman was the winner.
Then in 1976 we saw the “Late Model 50” begin. Its first winner
was Don Comerer.
Later named the Paul Orendo Memorial Late model 50, was won by
Carl Billet in 2005.
1995 was the start of the “Street Stock 40”. The first winner
was Dan Cline and the winner in 2005 was Wes Alleman.
The track also hosted many special races for other types of
racing over the years. These races varied from the BIG ONE for
Go-karts to one of the yearly shows for the 410 sprints PA
The BIG ONE was a 1 day event at the end of the season that
would start at 8:00am and run well into the late night with over
A fan favorite, The PA SPEEDWEEK show featured the very fast 410
winged Sprint cars on the tight 3/8th
mile track. The final Speedweek show at the track was won
by Lance Dewease on June 29th 2005. The first ever
sprint car race was won by Lynn Paxton in 1971. The
fastest ever lap was turned by Lucas Wolf in 2005.
For 50+ years from early March to late
September on Saturday nights, Silver Spring Speedway was
all about friends, family and the best auto racing in
The Silver Spring Speedway was also a fan friendly track.
After the races, the pits were opened up for the fans to go meet the
drivers and their race teams. The teams got a big kick out of the
people coming down that it eventually turned
into a big cook-out. This would sometimes go on till the early
morning hours with some of the people waiting for the flea market to
open on Sunday morning.
Also one of the race team’s favorite events was the big wheel/ bike
races for the kids. While the kids raced down the front stretch, the
drivers and race teams would line the inside wall to cheer on the
kids. It was a role reversal of sort for the kids and drivers.
From powder puff races, mechanics races, to the holiday fireworks,
the Silver Spring Speedway was a place for the whole family.
September 2002, Mike and Theresa Stoner said "I do" at the track in
front of a crowd of 15,000, during the Sportsman 100. Read
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