DARLINGTON, SC - The rookie season is one that is designed to allow a participant to learn the ropes and have a viable excuse for making mistakes. One is not expected to be too successful and the learning curve is often slow to master. Someone...
DARLINGTON, SC - The rookie season is one that is designed to allow a participant to learn the ropes and have a viable excuse for making mistakes. One is not expected to be too successful and the learning curve is often slow to master. Someone forgot to tell Laurie Cannister those crucial details.
Cannister seemingly appeared out of thin air at the 1999 IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill., and blasted the Pro Outlaw contingent and finished as a semi-finalist. She might have went all the way except for one key point, she got tangled up with the guardrail in her quarter-final win and was forced to withdraw from competition.
Adversity? What adversity? The Clinton, Pa.-based, former bracket racer scored a major coup for the female contingent as she rebounded and won her first national event title at the CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY.
Proving to be no flash-in-the-pan, the lady added wins at the World Nationals (Norwalk, Ohio), President's Cup Nationals (Budd's Creek, Md.) and the season-ending World Finals (Shreveport, La.). Her efforts were duly noted as she was awarded the "IHRA Rookie Of The Year" accolades.
Many prognosticators are tabbing her to win the 2000 Pro Outlaw title. She admits that she'll just take it one race at a time. Cannister is quick to point out that she's been blessed with good fortunes.
Cannister explains, "I'm lucky. There's no doubt about it. Both good people and good equipment surround me. Everyday that goes by, I smile because I know it means that it's getting closer to the racing season. Darlington can't come soon enough."
She will make her 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.