Mick Snyder Makes Pro Outlaw Debut, Rookie Professional Driver Hammers Out An Eighth-Mile 4.01! DEMOTTE, IN.- When veteran drag racer Larry Snyder announced his intentions of retirement in August, he had to look no further than his son Mick to...
Mick Snyder Makes Pro Outlaw Debut, Rookie Professional Driver Hammers Out An Eighth-Mile 4.01!
DEMOTTE, IN.- When veteran drag racer Larry Snyder announced his intentions of retirement in August, he had to look no further than his son Mick to fill his shoes behind the wheel of a swoopy, Mike Spitzer-built dragster that claimed the Super Eliminator title. Their first test session at Clay City, Ky., was a success as he upgraded his license from Quick Rod to Pro Outlaw (formerly known as Super Eliminator) and serious gave credence to the term, "father knows best.".
He took the minimum amount of runs to reach his objective, and after doing so, entered the Bluegrass Nationals Quick Eight. The second-generation driver not only secured the pole position, but also set a new elapsed time record at the Mountain Park Motorplex with a stunning 4.010. Beginners luck? We think not. Snyder also went on to win the event.
The patriarch was as proud as any parent could be.
"I am really proud of Mick," explained Larry. "I know that he was going to make a great driver and I very well expect him to surpass every feat I accomplished. That's why I put him in the seat. I am at a loss for words at this moment, other than to say that I am proud."
Mick was all smiles as he exited the car.
"I owe a lot to my dad," he explained. "Anything positive that I may do on the track is a direct result of my dad's experience and knowledge within the sport. I'm going to make mistakes, but he will teach me what to learn from them. This is going to be fun and I'm excited."
Snyder will enter the 2000 season with a new Y2K Pro Outlaw dragster that will be built by Mike Spitzer of Spitzer Race Cars. The veteran chassis builder, who has scored several Car Craft All-Star team appointments, has already begun construction on the new ride. Plans are to debut the new Spitzer dragster at the Winter Nationals held in Darlington in March of 2000. Larry will serve as the crewchief for the team.