ROCKINGHAM, NC - Rookie Pro Outlaw driver Mick Snyder, son of 1999 Super Eliminator/Pro Outlaw champion Larry Snyder, turned quite a few heads at the Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham on his way to the first final round appearance of his ...
ROCKINGHAM, NC - Rookie Pro Outlaw driver Mick Snyder, son of 1999 Super Eliminator/Pro Outlaw champion Larry Snyder, turned quite a few heads at the Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham on his way to the first final round appearance of his career. It shouldn't have come as a surprise, however, as Snyder let it be known early that he would be one tough customer.
Snyder, sporting the new Y2K Spitzer chassis with a great paint scheme, proved that the car had as much go as it did show. He laid down a 6.276/215.86 in the first qualifying session, temporarily giving him the number one spot. In the second session, Snyder improved slightly on his first attempt by running a 6.275/218.44. With the third session rained out, the ladder was set, with the young Snyder set to face off against Neal Parker in the first round.
Snyder took an impressive win over Parker, who had serious handling problems, and laid down a scorcher of a pass in the process. His 6.100/ 225.41 gave him lane choice in the next round over Mark McElwee. In the semi-finals against McElwee, Snyder stepped it up again with an impressive 6.077/226.92 to take the win. The ET was good enough to get lane choice once again over final round opponent Laurie Cannister.
In the final, Snyder deep-staged his car, and got a jump on Cannister when the tree dropped. The advantage didn't last very long, however, as Cannister poured on the coal, and reeled Mick in to take the win light, handing Snyder his first loss in a final round, a lesson he's sure to never forget.
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.