Rockingham Laurie Cannister; blasting to the top

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Laurie Cannister, the second-year phenom from Clinton, Pa., hasn't let the restructuring of the IHRA's former Super Eliminator class phase her a bit. The name may have changed, but Cannister's competitive zeal is alive and well....

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Laurie Cannister, the second-year phenom from Clinton, Pa., hasn't let the restructuring of the IHRA's former Super Eliminator class phase her a bit. The name may have changed, but Cannister's competitive zeal is alive and well. As proof, she's come out of the chute flying again this year, shredding the competition so far in the new Top Outlaw category. Today's win at the Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC., was the proof in the pudding.

At the 2000 season kickoff, the Prolong Winter Nationals at Darlington, South Carolina, Cannister picked up where she left off at the end of her 1999 Rookie of the Year season. She added to her four wins and a second by qualifying first, and going to the final against Neal Parker. Laurie took the runner-up spot in a close race, and set her sights next on Rockingham and the Holley Spring Nationals.

At "The Rock", Cannister placed her Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ dragster on top of the qualifying ladder once again, and this time she saw the job through to its most rewarding conclusion. In the final, Laurie faced off against rookie Mick Snyder, son of defending champ, and Laurie's main 1999 season rival, Larry Snyder.

In the Pro Outlaw showdown, Snyder grabbed a good light, leaving .068 ahead of Cannister. His advantage quickly disappeared, however, as Cannister ran him down from behind.

"Running Mick is no different than running Larry," explained Laurie. "They are both great guys, and I knew Mick would be tough. He went in and deep staged, and he told me later he did it intentionally. And it worked well for him. He took a pretty big lead off the line, but luckily our car had the performance to compensate for the difference, and we were able to came around him at the other end. I'd like to thank Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ, Mopar Performance and Fowler Race Engines for their tremendous support."

She also left with the Pro Outlaw elapsed time record intact with a 6.038 blast.

The next event on the IHRA tour will take place June 2-4, at Grand Bend Motorplex for the Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol.

Visit Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ's website at www.nicorette.com.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Mick Snyder