DARLINGTON, SC - Former junior dragster, and 8.90 quick rod pilot, Mick Snyder made his official IHRA Pro Outlaw debut behind the wheel of his father's new Spitzer Digger. Mick's father is Larry Snyder, the defending Super Eliminator (now Pro...
DARLINGTON, SC - Former junior dragster, and 8.90 quick rod pilot, Mick Snyder made his official IHRA Pro Outlaw debut behind the wheel of his father's new Spitzer Digger. Mick's father is Larry Snyder, the defending Super Eliminator (now Pro Outlaw) Champion.
The younger Snyder made his father proud when he put the family ride into the field on their second qualifying attempt. The second round of qualifying saw young Snyder better his first round time of 6.319/214.01 with a quicker and faster 6.203/217.60. The Snyder family opted not to run the final round of qualifying and was placed into the fourth spot on the ladder.
Snyder faced the fifth qualifier Mike Decker for the first round of eliminations. The veteran gave the rookie a real lesson on the tree, leaving with a .474 light to Snyder's slower .530 to take the win. Snyder ran a quicker 6.161 to Decker's 6.184, but didn't have enough in the alky-burning small block to make up for his tardiness at the light. The margin of victory was less than half a car length.
In spite of having some big shoes to fill as a driver, Snyder has already proved he can handle the power. With more seat time, this rookie will be a contender soon.
"The kid is going to do well," explained the elder Snyder, who is the defending Pro Outlaw champion. "I'm really proud of what he's accomplished to this point. I think whatever I did is going to be a minor accomplishment compared to him. I think he'll eventually end up being a better driver than I ever was."
The next event on the IHRA/Summit schedule will be on April 7-9, at Rockingham Dragway for the Holley Spring Nationals.