Snyder Shows No Signs of Retiring Yet; Takes A Trip To Semi-Finals For A Familiar Pairing and Tough Loss BUDDS CREEK, MD.-- With only one more race on the season, Larry Snyder's Super Eliminator driving career is quickly coming to an end. But...
Snyder Shows No Signs of Retiring Yet; Takes A Trip To Semi-Finals For A Familiar Pairing and Tough Loss
BUDDS CREEK, MD.-- With only one more race on the season, Larry Snyder's Super Eliminator driving career is quickly coming to an end. But Snyder would give no indication of his early retirement in his search for the win at the EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup this weekend. With awesome qualifying runs, and lady luck (at times) by his side in eliminations, Snyder looked to be on his way toward the IHRA Winner's Circle. Snyder carried his Spitzer entry all the way to the semi-finals, where his engine gave out and competitor Laurie Cannister took the win from him.
Snyder opened qualifying by taking place in the quickest side-by-side match opposite Laurie Cannister and cranked out a 6.119/221.78. He failed to improve during the second session and remained in the third spot.
Snyder had all kinds of problems in the third session as a tire spun off of the rim on the burnout. He reported no damage to the chassis. On the final qualifying attempt, he managed to keep both tires inflated and stormed to a 6.22/220.09. He ended qualifying as the third quickest and had to meet Ryan Kaintz in the first round.
Snyder took luck by the hand when Kaintz could not bring the car to staging for the first round, putting Snyder on a competition bye-run. Snyder cut no slack on this run, posting a 6.182/217.95.
Going into the second round against Todd Goodman, Snyder again held lady luck by the hand. Goodman could not answer the call to staging, and Snyder took another bye.
Never one to give up a good run, Snyder's "Orange Terror" Spitzer dragster posted a consistent 6.181/217.28 run, taking lane choice against Laurie Cannister in the semi-final round.
Snyder and Cannister have met many times this season at this point in the race day. Leaving the line close together, this one would have been tough to call. But Snyder's car slowed about 300 feet out, running well of the usual pace with a 7.920/112.06, allowing the "Queen" of Super Eliminator another win.