Memphis: Scotty Cannon Saturday summary

Cannon fails to qualify for first time since E-Town in 2001 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2003) - For the first time all season and since the Englishtown, N.J., race in 2001, Scotty Cannon failed to qualify his Oakley Funny Car at an NHRA POWERade...

Cannon fails to qualify for first time since E-Town in 2001

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2003) - For the first time all season and since the Englishtown, N.J., race in 2001, Scotty Cannon failed to qualify his Oakley Funny Car at an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event.

Today, Cannon's streak of qualifying for 56 straight events was snapped by his coming in No. 17, with a 5.134-second elapsed time in today's final qualifying session. The bump spot was a 5.11, and he fell agonizingly short.

"It is what it is," said the popular Mohawk-wearing racer from Lyman, S.C. "I take my hat off to all the fans. I have an awful lot of people up here in Tennessee who are my fans. I've done a lot of match racing here over the years. Well, I guess we'll just have to go back and see if we can make it better."

"We were too aggressive in the first session today, so we backed it down for the final round and we were just too conservative," he explained. "It's disappointing, without a doubt, but we're not down. We'll just keep plugging along and doing all we can to make improvements."

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