Norwalk: Laurie Cannister post-race report

Cannister keeps late round streak alive with semi-final finish in Norwalk NORWALK, Ohio - IHRA Funny Car racer Laurie Cannister kept her streak of late round finishes alive, and more importantly, her World Championship hopes alive with a...

Cannister keeps late round streak alive with semi-final finish in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio - IHRA Funny Car racer Laurie Cannister kept her streak of late round finishes alive, and more importantly, her World Championship hopes alive with a semifinal finish during this weekend's Mopar Performance Parts World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs at Norwalk Raceway Park. Cannister, last year's Pro Outlaw World Champ lost to former Funny Car World Champ and points leader Mark Thomas in the semifinals.

Cannister, from Clinton, Pa., qualified her Jeff Fowler tuned "Girl Power" Camaro fourth in the 16-car field with a 5.899 second elapsed time at 237.88 mph. In round one, she took out Ronnie Midyette with a 5.930 at 234.82 mph, then Dale Brand in round two with a 5.952 at 234.67 mph, which gained her lane choice for the semifinals against her opponent, Thomas.

Cannister took a substantial starting line advantage in her semifinal bout with Thomas, but couldn't hold his 5.883 at 239.14 mph off with her own 5.940 at 235.19 mph.

"Mark Thomas was tough to beat this weekend," explained Cannister. "We knew that it was going to be a battle when we matched up with them. I came up to the starting line and gave it my best and while we may have fallen short, I am very pleased with our performance this weekend. I certainly feel capable of winning a national event, but this was Mark's time to win and he's certainly deserving of what he achieves."

Undeterred, the Funny Car rookie will take her "Girl Power" team to the next stop on the IHRA tour, the Amalie Oil North American Nationals, Sept. 7 - 9, at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., one of the fastest IHRA tracks in the country. Cannister looks forward to keeping her Championship hopes alive there.

"The Funny Car class is enjoying one of its best points races ever and I am proud to be involved with it," explained Cannister. "The parity in this class is just a testimony to the great people that we have running in here. This championship is going to go down to the wire and I hope to be in the thick of things in the end."

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-CP-

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Mark Thomas , Dale Brand