Snyder Tops Cannister In "Superb" Super Eliminator Final At Parts Pro North American Nationals EPPING, NH - He admittedly had 32 phone calls ragging him about getting beat by a female at Norwalk. But, in a tremendous show of male chauvenism,...
Snyder Tops Cannister In "Superb" Super Eliminator Final At Parts Pro North American Nationals
EPPING, NH - He admittedly had 32 phone calls ragging him about getting beat by a female at Norwalk. But, in a tremendous show of male chauvenism, Larry Snyder defeated Laurie Cannister in the finals of the IHRA Parts Pro North American Nationals in Epping, NH. While their rivalry may have all the makings of a battle of the sexes showdown, it has tons of mutual respect -- even when Snyder makes absurd statements in the Winner's Circle.
"She can be the Queen, because I'm the King," laughed Snyder, who earlier announced retirement at the conclusion of the '99 season. "I enjoy running against her, she's a good competitor. I dunno, we're kind of like the Shirley and Big Daddy of Super Eliminator."
Snyder charged into the IHRA Parts Pro North American Nationals to find himself again in the final round of competition. The veteran Super Eliminator driver announced his retirement on Friday and expects Quick Rod driver son, Mick, to take over the helm for the 2000 season. Though short on qualifying sessions, Snyder was never short on the necessary horsepower to compete in Epping, NH. this weekend. Fantastic qualifying times were followed with strong showings in eliminations, which led him to an exciting final round win.
He showed no immediate signs of quitting as he ran a 6.184/218.44, to settle into the second spot. He came out in the final session and had every intention of trying to be the first into the five-second zone. However, when he was shut down from a brief moment as officials checked the track for oil from the previous pair, it killed his momentum and forced him to settle with a 6.127/221.09. He laid claim to the second spot in the final qualifying list.
Snyder took a single run in the first round of eliminations as a result of John Long's withdrawal from the weekend's competition. With a 6.140/206.42 run, Snyder eased into the second round facing Gary Leczner. He piloted the Spitzer Super Eliminator entry to a 6.130/221.38 win over Leczner's 6.411/208.17.
He met Neal Parker in the semis, who quickly nabbed a starting line advantage. Snyder recovered the lost ground, running a 6.188/218.48 for the win over Parker's wounded altered.
Meeting the number one qualifier and new record holder, Laurie Cannister in the final round didn't shake Snyder's winning confidence. Cannister was equally determined to take her shot at Snyder. With identical reaction times, the pair fought for a definitive lead all the way through the quarter mile. At the end of the track, with a slight margin of victory, Snyder 's 6.131/220.66 overcame Cannister's 6.137/218.65 for the win.
Snyder and the Spitzer Super Eliminator team will pursue their points lead next at the IHRA CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, NC., Sept 24-26. Snyder, along with each Super Eliminator contestant, will be afforded two qualifying runs on Friday, another two on Saturday, and final eliminations will begin Sunday.
This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of the IHRA's Drag Review Magazine.