BELLE ROSE, La. - After experiencing a work-related accident that broke his hand and wrist in late July, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jason Cannon is ready to make his return to the cockpit of his Caps Coach & Trailer/InsideTopAlcohol.com...
BELLE ROSE, La. - After experiencing a work-related accident that broke his hand and wrist in late July, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jason Cannon is ready to make his return to the cockpit of his Caps Coach & Trailer/InsideTopAlcohol.com backed machine at this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La., just north of New Orleans. Cannon currently sits fourth place in Division 2 standings, but only trails current points leader by a mere 39 points.
Cannon, who helps run the family's boat and truck/trailer dealership, Caps Marine Center and Caps Coach & Trailer, in Middleburg, Fla., is eager to get back in the saddle after missing the Atlanta divisional because of his injury and losing valuable ground in the points chase.
"We've just came on some bad luck lately," said Cannon. "We were looking pretty strong in Bristol, only to find a crack in the chassis right before first round. Then I had my accident and had to miss Atlanta, which gave Haley the All-Star spot. Hopefully we can turn things around this weekend down at No Problem. We know [John] Haley is going to be there, and there are some tough cars in Division 4, so it ought to be interesting."
Cannon and team crew chief Will Hanna are looking forward to the heat and humidity of southern Louisiana.
"We always like racing when it's hot," stated Hanna. "We've got a pretty good tune-up for those conditions. Tom Conway is going to be there, too, so it's always good to have him there to get advice from. That is a big asset to have in your camp. We came in here last year coming off chasing ignition problems, so we had it pretty hopped up. When we found the problem, we were a little on the too hopped up side and smoked the tires in round one. We'll just see what the conditions give us this year."
In the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, drivers can claim their best five out of the first eight divisional races they attend. Cannon has only attended four races this year, leaving him with many potential points to gain. Jason's father and team owner Phil Cannon is taking a race-by-race approach.
"We'll see how we do this weekend and see how Haley does," commented Cannon. "We'll just take it from there. With Haley being there, if we could win it could kill two birds with one stone. One, we would pick up a win, two we could keep him from winning. We have to win first."
Qualifying will begin on Friday for the alcohol cars with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.