Englishtown: Scotty Cannon Saturday summary

Cannon No. 9 in E'town qualifying ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 17, 2003) -- "We're making progress," said a smiling Scotty Cannon of his performance in the final round of qualifying today in his Oakley Funny Car. Only two qualifying sessions were ...

Cannon No. 9 in E'town qualifying

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 17, 2003) -- "We're making progress," said a smiling Scotty Cannon of his performance in the final round of qualifying today in his Oakley Funny Car. Only two qualifying sessions were held this weekend, as two sessions were rained out on Friday. His first lap today was an OK pass of 5.065/263.92. But it was the final run that demonstrated crew chief Phil Shuler and the team's determination to put their struggles behind them, as Cannon pulled off a solid 4.872/304.46 pass to put him No. 9 on the charts.

"We changed the way we were running after testing the car at Indy on Sunday," Cannon said. "From our point of view we had two runs to look at before we made this last run. Actually, the car was running good early; we're just having trouble keeping the motor happy. The short times are better than they were or as good as they've been running to the 1000-foot (mark) all year. We're going to work in the motor department, see if we can keep the motor happy and alive. It should run good. It' s showing promise for once, so we're moving in the right direction.

"We were told to treat every run like a test run; swing for the fence every time. That's the way our sponsors do it, that's the way we're doing it. And that's what we're going to do."

Cannon will meet his Oakley teammate Gary Scelzi (No. 8) in the first round of Funny Car eliminations of the K&N Filters SuperNationals tomorrow for their first meeting since Scelzi joined the Oakley team for 2003. "That's one way to get an Oakley car to go to the next round," said Cannon. "There's a positive to anything. Someone's got to win; someone's got to lose. We know for sure there will be an Oakley car in the second round. We'll have lots of fun doing it; we'll go out there and see if we can kick old Scelzi's butt."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon