STANTON, MI. - Laurie Cannister once again flashed the brilliance that made her the darling of the IHRA when she won four times in Pro Outlaw on the way to Pro Rookie of the Year last season. Cannister's performance in the rescheduled CARQUEST...
STANTON, MI. - Laurie Cannister once again flashed the brilliance that made her the darling of the IHRA when she won four times in Pro Outlaw on the way to Pro Rookie of the Year last season.
Cannister's performance in the rescheduled CARQUEST Northern Nationals finals was nothing short of dominating. Two weeks ago she was the top qualifier with her pass of 6.174 seconds at 217.65 mph and came back Saturday to rip through the elimination field for her second victory of the season.
Her victim in the final was number two qualifier and second ranked Mick Snyder. The Clinton, Pa., driver of the Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ Mopar Parts dragster zipped down the Mid-Michigan Motorplex quarter-mile with a low elapsed time of 6.035 seconds at 221.72 mph to the 6.629/220.80 for Snyder. It was also her personal best.
With this victory coming on the heels of the decision to discontinue Pro Outlaw, Cannister admits that she has maintained an intention of not letting the disappointments affect what could be her first championship season.
"I am channeling my frustrations and energies into winning this title," explained Cannister. "If we aren't going to come back as a class next year, then I'm going to do my best to go out as the champion. It's disappointing, but I'm not going to let this bog me down."
What won the final round for Cannister was the torrid light she cut at the starting line, a .419 seconds. Snyder was late with his .475 and then had to backpedal to get out of a big wheelie.
More importantly, the victory allowed Cannister to put a little distance on Snyder. She came into the event with only a 25-point advantage.
The 38-year-old SmithKline Beecham executive began the eliminations by beating Mark McElwee, 6.189/214.11 to 6.807/148.41. Cannister cut a strong light (.478) and was aided when McElwee slowed at half track.
Her next victim was Jeff Chatterson, winning 6.158/219.03 to 6.265/313.37.
Cannister will return to action next week at the Mopar Parts World Nationals at Norwalk (Ohio) Raceway Park.