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For immediate release. Contact Bill Pratt 301-870-9876 Cannon Leads MIR Record Binge Budds Creek, MD - October 5, 1996. Four time IHRA Pro Modified world champion Scotty Cannon of Lyman, SC, became the second Pro Modified car in the 6.20...

For immediate release. Contact Bill Pratt 301-870-9876

Cannon Leads MIR Record Binge

Budds Creek, MD - October 5, 1996. Four time IHRA Pro Modified world champion Scotty Cannon of Lyman, SC, became the second Pro Modified car in the 6.20 second zone and the quickest Pro Mod in the Northern Hemisphere with an outstanding 6.299 second pass at 225.00 mph in the final round of Maryland International Raceway's Superchargers Showdown race Saturday. Like Babe Ruth calling his famous homer, Cannon, who had won two straight rounds over Fred Hahn in Jim Oddy's '37 Chevrolet, predicted he would run 6.20s at 225 mph in the final round. Cannon's previous best run was 6.31 seconds at 223 mph.

Only one car in the world is quicker and faster, Victor Bray of Australia, whose 6.25 second run at 225.79 mph was recorded with a TFX aluminum funny car engine. The TFX and other aluminum hemi motors are illegal for use in the Pro Modified class in the United States. A scheduled trip to Australia that would have matched Cannon against Bray was canceled recently because Cannon has blown several engines in his ongoing attempt to win a fifth IHRA world championship.

1986 IHRA Funny Car world champion Bunny Burkett of Sterling, VA, returned to the cockpit for the first time since her life threatening crash last Labor Day. Bunny made a surprise appearance behind the wheel of young Beth Royston's Junior Dragster. She ran a one-run match race against track record holder Damian Moore of Pasadena, MD, who reset his own track et record to 8.44 seconds in the race. Afterwards, Bunny was presented a bouquet of roses in a tearful ceremony on the starting line. Although she is used to 2,000 horsepower, 240 mph funny cars, Burkett had nothing but praise for the skills of Junior Dragster drivers after taking the ride.

Dennis Roslansky of Kenosha, WI, won the Jet Dragster match in three straight runs over Bill Lutz of Chicago, IL. In doing so, Roslansky reset Fill Smith's track speed record to 302.72 mph. Roslansky also ran 300.50 and 299.90; his best elapsed time was 5.22 seconds. Lutz recorded best times of 5.54 seconds at 281.95 mph during the evening.

Neal Parker of Millville, NJ, won the Hot Rods from Hell supercharged altered competition, running 6.69 seconds at a new track record of 213.62 mph. Parker's 1938 Fiat replica defeated Frank Shuster's similar mount in the final.

Leroy Dewdney of Middleburg, VA, won the funny car competition, running a best elapsed time of 6.32 seconds in his 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He defeated Mike Preslar of Salisbury, NC, in the final. Preslar had recorded low elapsed time at 6.26 seconds. Rudy McAdams of Baltimore took two straight wins in his Chevy-powered Camaro, but neither run was quick enough to qualify to compete in the final round.

Jamie Emery of Colton's Point, MD, reset the track record for Harley Davidson Top Fuel motorcycles with a run of 7.21 seconds at 169.81 mph.

In local action, Steve Clontz of Avenue, MD, won Top Dragster competition over Susie Lynn Hamilton of Severn, MD; both drivers recorded 7.90-second elapsed times. Ray Love of La Plata, MD, won the Top Sportsman competition over Johnny Heard of Leonardtown, MD. Love had completed work on the new '65 GTO replica only Saturday morning. Love went on to defeat Clontz for the overall Quick 8 title. Tommy Norton of Camp Springs, MD, won Super Pro over Danny Watt of Owings, MD. Billy Tutt of Waldorf, MD, won Motorcycle over Ronnie Procopio of Upper Marlboro, MD. Robert Robertson of Fort Washington, MD, won Heavy Eliminator over Mike Miller of Waldorf, and Tony Braglio of Woodstock, MD, won Junior Dragster over Brent Martin of La Plata.

The next and final major MIR event of 1996 is the $36,000 Computech/Bill Mitchell Shootout race on October 18, 19, and 20. MIR's last weekend of operation for 1996 is November 16 and 17.

(End) Bill Pratt The Drag Racing List bilden@erols.com

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Series Drag
Drivers Bunny Burkett , Fred Hahn , Scotty Cannon , Mike Miller