Snyder Scores Runner-up At Rockingham, Locks Up Super Eliminator World Championship ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Larry Snyder has only a few more chances to sew up another IHRA Super Eliminator title win before his career comes to an end. Going into this...
Snyder Scores Runner-up At Rockingham, Locks Up Super Eliminator World Championship
ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Larry Snyder has only a few more chances to sew up another IHRA Super Eliminator title win before his career comes to an end. Going into this weekend's Carquest Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, NC., Snyder had all but clinched the title. The chances of anyone catching the streaking "Orange Menace" digger at this point are below a slim percentage.
The points leader got off to a slow start in qualifying. Snyder didn't come out with his full muscle in the first round and as a result, posted a 6.497 to lay claim to the fifth spot. He stepped up in normal fashion during the second session with a 6.286/215.93, good enough for the 6th spot.
Snyder continued to improve his qualifying seeding with a 6.207/218.12, good enough for the third spot going into the final session. He stepped up with his quickest lap with a 6.179/217.47 on Saturday evening, good enough for fourth. He was scheduled to face Todd Goodman in the first round.
Goodman was an apparent underdog and had to take a starting advantage, but Snyder thundered by him with a 6.202/217.18 run. Going into the second round, Snyder met Charlie Gambino. Again, Gambino took the start, but the Spitzer-sponsored car would charge down the track for the win on a 6.222/216.97 run. Snyder took a single run in the semi-finals when competitor Mark McElwee couldn't make it to the starting line due to breakage from the previous round. Wheels in the air, Snyder cruised to an easy 6.182/216.55. This set him up against Neal Parker for the final round.
Parker was ready for Snyder and led at the start. In spite of his best efforts to track him down, Snyder's 6.280/204.26 run could not overcome Parker's 6.105/229.18. All were stunned to see the win light in the opposing lane. But Snyder's not worried. "We are still in the lead. We have a couple more races. I'll finish this season the way I intended; in the lead."
Snyder and the Spitzer Super Eliminator team will pursue their points lead next at the IHRA EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com Nationals in Budds Creek, Md., Oct. 1-3. 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.