Mick Snyder was not able to win a fourth straight event this season on Saturday at the Summer Drags VIII at his home track, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.
But the Pro Extreme points leader did find a way to go out in style during eliminations.
Racing in the first round against Terry Leggett, Snyder ran into trouble right off thestarting line. He went high on two wheels and the rear wing on the left side of his â€™63 Corvette scraped the left guardwall.
The damage was minor, but it certainly made for quite the highlight if front of friends and family.
â€œIf youâ€™re going to lose a race, at least lose it that way,â€ Snyder said.
Snyder was first off the line against Leggett, but he quickly got out of the groove. Instead of getting out of it, Snyder tried to pedal once before letting off. Thatâ€™s all it took for the left side of the car to raise high in the air.
â€œWe have a rule that we do not pedal and I obviously didnâ€™t listen,â€ Snyder said. â€œI pedaled once, got out of it and it did that once I was already out of it.
â€œThe craziest part was that everything was fine. The car was on its side and I was looking at pavement. I thought it wouldnâ€™t be good, but it wasnâ€™t as bad as I expected.â€
After an incredible string of success, which included three straight wins and a commanding points lead, Snyder will look to bounce back from the first-round loss in Martin, Mich.
Heâ€™ll get the opportunity to get back on track at Dragstock IX, which takes place Aug. 3-4 at zMAX Dragway.
â€œWeâ€™re going to do the same thing and try to win another one,â€ Snyder said.
(Photo by ADRL/Richards)