Darlington Laurie Cannister; just another day at the office

DARLINGTON, SC - Laurie Cannister knew that she needed to win the season-opening IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC., to prove that her rookie season was just a forewarning of things to come. The executive assistant from Clinton,...

DARLINGTON, SC - Laurie Cannister knew that she needed to win the season-opening IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC., to prove that her rookie season was just a forewarning of things to come. The executive assistant from Clinton, Pa., made it look like just another day in the office as she stormed to a runner-up in the Pro Outlaw division. She put forth an admirable effort against eventual winner Neal Parker.

Cannister was pleased to put the Jeff Fowler-powered, Nicorette-sponsored into the final round. She wanted to win, but admits that she'll settle for runner-up this time.

"The class may only be eight cars, but don't let that fool you into thinking the competition is anything less than tough," explained Cannister. "Neal owed me because I beat him at Norwalk last year. We hope that we'll get this opportunity to talk in the post-race interviews plenty more times this season."

Cannister didn't have an easy go of things in qualifying. She had a less than par performance in the first session that wounded a motor and forced her to sit out the second session. During that session, she ascended to the top.

In the first round of eliminations, she stopped Scott Ray. The semi-finals also provided an incredible showing for the four-time winner in 1999 as she advanced to the finals over Mike Decker. In the final round, Parker was the quicker of the two off of the line. Cannister lost despite setting the low elapsed time with 6.073/217.77.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Scott Ray