Dallas: Scotty Cannon eliminations summary

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 12, 2003) - In test mode for the rest of the season and his car now sporting one of teammate Gary Scelzi's Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus Funny Car bodies, Scotty Cannon is making progress in preparation for the 2004 NHRA...

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 12, 2003) - In test mode for the rest of the season and his car now sporting one of teammate Gary Scelzi's Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus Funny Car bodies, Scotty Cannon is making progress in preparation for the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. He's doing it in style this weekend, as he goes home with the top speed of the meet - a career-best 325.73-mph run he posted in the first round.

That round was a squeaker against No. 9 qualifier Phil Burkart Jr., as both cars launched with nearly identical reaction times (.092 for Cannon, .090 for Burkart). It was close, but Burkart took the victory for the second straight time against Cannon with a 4.849/316.43 pass to Cannon's 4.874-second elapsed time and blistering top speed of 325.73 mph.

"It seems like it's working better," said Cannon, of Lyman, S.C., No. 8 qualifier. "I always seem to get the guy that comes out with his next best run. It's a little disappointing. We worked on the car hard and had a little bad luck. The car performed pretty decently, but we came up short. We think we're heading in the right direction.

"I like the Dodge. It's definitely faster. If nothing else, I'm a pretty good test dummy. If we can run 325 mph with this Dodge body, anybody can."

Cannon, who also acts as crew chief, added Dave Fletcher, formerly of Cruz Pedregon's team, to his crew, to help him and Todd Blakely tune the car. "I like Fletch," said Cannon. "He and Todd helped me make some pretty good calls this weekend."

Cannon stays 14th in the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, with 707.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon , Phil Burkart