Cordova: Laurie Cannister event report

Whatever it is, for the second straight race, the 38-year-old SmithKline Beecham executive has come up one pass shy of the championship showdown, a stark contrast from 1999 when she won four out of five finals in eight pro outlaw outings on...

Whatever it is, for the second straight race, the 38-year-old SmithKline Beecham executive has come up one pass shy of the championship showdown, a stark contrast from 1999 when she won four out of five finals in eight pro outlaw outings on the way to IHRA Pro Rookie of the Year. The Clinton, Pa., driver got off to a good start during Saturday's quarterfinal elimination against second-seeded Mick Snyder at the IHRA's Amalie Oil Summer Nationals. She had the advantage on the holeshot, .461 seconds to .485, in her Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ Mopar Parts dragster, but Snyder had more horsepower. He covered Cordova Dragway Park's quarter-mile with an elapsed time of 6.126 seconds at 221.49 mph to Cannister's 6.136/208.46, eliminating her hopes for another championship. The previous race, two weeks ago in Canada, she was kept from racing for the championship by red lighting at the Christmas tree. The weekend started off promising for Cannister. She had sparkling qualifying passes, finishing third in the trails with her best effort of 6.162 at 215.83 mph on Friday. Her outlook was bolstered with her first-round elimination pass of 6.089 seconds at 212.96 mph on Saturday. Cannister will have a month to regroup and will try to crack that semi-final barrier July 14-16 at the CARQUEST Empire Nationals at New York International Raceway Park in Leicester.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Mick Snyder