Scotty Cannon Claims Fifth Pro Modified Win Of The 1998 Season Despite Weight Penalty BUDDS CREEK, MD. -- The sanctioning body has tried reducing his blower overdrive and then they've added 100 pounds to his car, but that hasn't phased Scotty ...
Scotty Cannon Claims Fifth Pro Modified Win Of The 1998 Season Despite Weight Penalty
BUDDS CREEK, MD. -- The sanctioning body has tried reducing his blower overdrive and then they've added 100 pounds to his car, but that hasn't phased Scotty Cannon in the least. In fact, he told those responsible for the penalization where they could put their 100 pounds. That didn't deter him from giving it the patented Cannon blitz. The 5-time, Pro Modified world champion from Lyman, S.C., won for the fifth time in the 1998 season at the expense of Wally Stroupe at the IHRA President's Cup Nationals.
"Our morale was awful low when we came in here," explained Cannon. "We honestly didn't think we had a chance to win at this race. We made a bad run in the first session of qualifying and it was at that point that we all knew that we had to get our heads out of our butts and race. We did just that and things came around."
Cannon was the #2 qualifier (6.452/217.00) and defeated such names as Tim McAmis and Harold Martin before facing nemesis Tommy Mauney in the semi- finals. The match was so intense that both drivers sat pre-staged for well over 60 seconds. Starter Clyde Peak became so frustrated with the fiasco, that he took a seat on the starting line and waited for the drivers to end the mind games. After both drivers staged, it was Cannon all the way as Mauney had fried his engine and was forced to lift. Cannon's Eagle Racing Engines powered entry roared to a winning 6.483/217.04.
The finals whittled down to Cannon and Wally Stroupe. Stroupe holeshot Cannon, but it was tireshake that forced to lift briefly allowing the Cable TV magazine sponsored Studebaker to take the win.