You gotta’ love it when a plan comes together. That pretty much sums up Mick Snyder’s feelings after his Powersource Transportation team, led by his father and crew chief, Larry Snyder, dominated Pro Extreme at the ADRL Northeast Drags II.
“Qualify number one and go on to win the race; I feel like I’m Jason Scruggs or something,” Snyder joked, referring to the two-time class champion immediately after defeating Tommy D’Aprile for his second career event title May 5, at historic Maple Grove Raceway in eastern Pennsylvania.
In the third and last qualifying session, Snyder stole the number-one starting spot away from Frankie Taylor with a career-best 3.644 at 207.53 mph in his screw-blown ’63 Corvette. He then followed a relatively easy path to the final round after Neal Wantye redlighted against him in round one, Dan Millen’s car broke on the starting line in round two, and Von Smith ran into handling problems in the semis.
That’s not to say Snyder took it easy, however, as he made consecutive passes of 3.665 at 205.35, 3.636 at 207.82 (which also marked the quickest pass in the entire ADRL so far this year), and 3.661 at 207.91 to reach D’Aprile, who was appearing in his second-straight final. Snyder ran low ET of each round except the first, when Todd Tutterow took the honor by exactly one-hundredth of a second.
“We changed a lot of stuff over the winter and it’s all starting to come around now. You have to take baby steps so you don’t hurt anything too bad and it’s working out for us,” Snyder said. “And Dad’s doing flippin’ awesome; he’s got this thing tuned up.”
In the final, D’Aprile got away first with a slim six thousandths advantage in his Mel Bush-owned ‘05 Corvette, but Snyder more than made up the difference with another impressive 3.648 pass at 207.46 mph to fend off D’Aprile’s game 3.690 at 204.57-mph effort.
“I saw him (D’Aprile) for just a little bit and then he was gone. I didn’t want to see him again after that; it’s not the way to get it done,” said the man with the plan.
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