Cannon Completes 1998 Season With A Bang, Runs 6.314!!!!!!
SHREVEPORT, LA. -- It has been said before that all good things must come to an end. Thus was the case with Scotty Cannon's 1998 season of controversies at the IHRA World Finals in Shreveport, La., this evening. There were no regrets as the 6-time world champion reached into his proverbial back pocket and threw everything he had at his comrades as a farewell gesture. In his best words, "he tried to whip them like they stole something."
His barrage of four consecutive 6.3 second runs was enough to earn a berth into the finals of the rain-delayed event. Cannon was the low qualifier with a 6.371. He exemplified nothing less than a ferocious blitz by running a time trial 6.314 (quickest legal IHRA pass ever) and elimination laps as quick as a 6.382, 6.333 and 6.328. Cannon opened the first round with a bye run due to only 15 cars returning for the rescheduled event. He topped such names as Steve Vick and Ed Hoover before meeting longtime nemesis Shannon Jenkins in the finals.
The finals matched the quickest blown versus the quickest nitrous entry. Both cars reacted in close proximity and staged a killer drag race that potentially could have produced a 6.2 second Pro Modified run. However, at the 1,000 foot mark, something let go on Cannon's OnSat sponsored, '53 Studebaker that sent the RPMs soaring to new levels. Jenkins went on to win and capture the win and the world record with the second quickest IHRA legal Pro Modified et of a 6.316. Cannon shut off and coasted to a 7.07.
"I cannot adequately thank all of those that have been with me through this season," confided Cannon. "Thank you just isn't enough. Doug Brown at OnSat...words can't express my appreciation for all you've helped me to accomplish. And for the IHRA, thank you so very much for giving me a place to race, even if you did have to pencil whip me along the way. I think we pretty much did away with any thoughts that the nitrous cars cant run quick after today's event. Bill Bader has done well for the IHRA, more good than bad, I would have to say."