Mick Snyder Joliet summary

Snyder Runs Career Best Numbers in Joliet After an uncharacteristic start to the 2007 season, Mick Snyder and the Snyder Motorsports Race Team may have reached a turning point to their season. Snyder, who represented Division 3 in the Jeg's ...

Snyder Runs Career Best Numbers in Joliet

After an uncharacteristic start to the 2007 season, Mick Snyder and the Snyder Motorsports Race Team may have reached a turning point to their season. Snyder, who represented Division 3 in the Jeg's All-Star race for the second straight year, had an eventful first round when he caught on fire right around the 1000 foot mark for the first time in his funny car career. After tearing down the car and changing motors throughout the rest of the day, the Team came back out the next morning for the 1st round of the National event and ran their quickest time ever, 5.595 right out of the box. It was step in the right direction for the defending Division 3 champs that have been fighting gremlins throughout the first part of the season.

"I think we have experienced the greatest highs and lowest lows at this track. Last year, we hit the wall for the first time, a couple years ago the back tire came off just past the finish line because the parachute wrapped around it, and this year I experienced my first fire. It is also the site of the quickest runs I have ever made, our first National event victory and we won the divisional event here last year. Since the beginning of the year, I think we have changed just about everything on the car, and this weekend we finally figured out the issue. An electrical malfunction cost us a motor and 100s of hours of work, but now we can move on from here and get on with the rest of our season," said Snyder.

After taking out the #2 qualifier in first round with a 5.595 at 255 MPH, the Knoll Gas -- Torco Racing Fuels / Powersource Transportation Team was ready to go rounds. Unfortunately, even though they outran their opponent with a 5.62 at 255 MPH, Snyder turned on the red light in the quarterfinals.

"It was just one of those things. I looked at the tree and I just thought it was time to go. But, overall it was a good weekend for us. The car is finally running good so we will be able to get out there and compete at the level we expect of ourselves. We would have loved to get this car in the winner's circle for Evan (Knoll Gas -- Torco Racing Fuels) and Skip (Powersource Transportation) who were both in attendance this weekend, but the cards just didn't fall our way. We will have another chance next weekend when we come back for the divisional event."

The next race for the Team is the Joliet Divisional event, June 15th thru the 17th.

-credit: sm

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