Las Vegas II: Scotty Cannon preview

Cannon and Time Bomb want more in Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 23, 2003) - Scotty Cannon drove his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus Funny Car to his career-best top speed at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis on Oct. 12, a 325.73-mph pass that surprised even...

Cannon and Time Bomb want more in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 23, 2003) - Scotty Cannon drove his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus Funny Car to his career-best top speed at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis on Oct. 12, a 325.73-mph pass that surprised even him.

After struggling most of this season to get a new team started, he's been in test mode the last part of the year, he says, and his goals at the ACDelco NHRA Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are not only to continue testing setups and parts. Now that he's making headway and knows he has a good car under him, he's ready to better his career-best elapsed time.

"The Strip is a nice track. It's probably one of our premier tracks. Our car seems to run good here," says the Lyman, S.C., restaurant owner. "I don't know if it's because of the thin air. It's really high in altitude. I guess because the air is thin and the track is real good and smooth it gives us an opportunity to run fast."

Cannon's career-best elapsed time of 4.783 seconds was established at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., in the first race of 2001. His best E.T. of 2003 so far also came in Joliet in September, a 4.810. "We're going to try to improve on our .78 and see if we can run a little more E.T. I'm happy with the mile an hour, but I wouldn't mind going even faster; we just need to get the Oakley Time Bomb to run a little better down low."

"That's going to be our game plan," adds the 1999 NHRA Rookie of the Year, who's 14th in POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points.

Note: In the first Vegas race of 2003 in April, Cannon's best run was a 4.859/321.73.

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