Columbus: Scotty Cannon eliminations summary

Cannon defeated in first round COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 15, 2003) - "We are making headway in our setup and performance," said Scotty Cannon, the popular Mohawk-wearing Oakley Funny Car driver, "but it's always tough when you don't qualify in the...

Cannon defeated in first round

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 15, 2003) - "We are making headway in our setup and performance," said Scotty Cannon, the popular Mohawk-wearing Oakley Funny Car driver, "but it's always tough when you don't qualify in the top half of the field and have to face the No. 8 qualifier in the first round."

Cannon, of Lyman, S.C., had three decent qualifying runs during the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals weekend beset with rain delays, but fell just one 10-thousandths of a second short of qualifying No. 8, which relegated him to No. 9 and the less desirable left lane against one of the John Force Racing drivers, Gary Densham.

Cannon scorched Densham at the starting lights with a .055 reaction time to Densham's .067, but soon hazed the tires and lost a cylinder, slowing to a 5.164 second pass at 229.04 mph to Densham's winning 4.876/319.45.

"We just have to continue to work on the setup," said Cannon. "And that's what Phil (Shuler, crew chief) and I are doing, and we'll just keep on working on it until we get it right."

Cannon is 15th in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, with 371.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon