New Hampshire Laurie Cannister post race report

Cannister Beats Chief-Rival Snyder For Third Pro Outlaw Victory EPPING, N.H.-When Laurie Cannister entered the IHRA Amalie Oil North American Nationals this past weekend, she set her sights on two things. First, Cannister wanted to make the ...

Cannister Beats Chief-Rival Snyder For Third Pro Outlaw Victory

EPPING, N.H.-When Laurie Cannister entered the IHRA Amalie Oil North American Nationals this past weekend, she set her sights on two things.

First, Cannister wanted to make the Norwalk race two weeks ago a distant memory when she suffered through a series of mechanical failures and was eventually ousted in the first round. Secondly and most importantly, she wanted to expand on her dwindling 29-point lead against Mick Snyder in the chase for the Pro Outlaw championship.

The 38-year-old SmithKline Beecham executive from Clinton, Pa., accomplished both, but it came down to the final run Sunday afternoon at New England Dragway against, of all people, Snyder.

Despite being nosed out at the starting line by Snyder, who scored the holeshot, .443 seconds to .456, Cannister's Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ-Mopar Parts dragster roared down the quarter-mile in an elapsed time of 6.045 seconds at 219.26 mph to the 6.158/215.75 for her challenger. What helped Cannister was that Snyder spun the tires hard on the launch and that cost him about a tenth of a second-the margin of victory. She crossed the finish line first by that .100 seconds, or about 32 feet, for her third victory of the season and second in three races.

Cannister had an easier time in the semi-finals against Dave Christiansen, winning by .242 seconds or about 72 feet. She beat Christensen handily off the starting line (.468-.481) in posting a run of 6.058/220.91 to 6.287/201.49. In an all-female first round, Karen Haddock's dragster bounced violently until she lifted, but it probably didn't matter since Cannister cruised to a 6.040/220.91. Haddock had to settle for a 17.375/41.61.

The weekend started strong for Cannister, who was on top of her game after Friday's qualifying and was very intent on holding onto it going into Saturday's trials. In the second session, her 6.097 matched Snyder's lap but missed being No. 1 due to a slower speed.

Cannister will now be focusing on the chance to equal last year's rookie season of four victories when the IHRA tour makes its second visit to Rockingham, N.C., for the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals on Sept. 21-23.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Mick Snyder