Reading2: Scotty Cannon preview

Cannon focused on making Reading field READING, Pa. (Oct. 3, 2003) - Like his Oakley teammate Gary Scelzi, Scotty Cannon needs to make it into the 16-car Funny Car field at the rain-delayed Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway this ...

Cannon focused on making Reading field

READING, Pa. (Oct. 3, 2003) - Like his Oakley teammate Gary Scelzi, Scotty Cannon needs to make it into the 16-car Funny Car field at the rain-delayed Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend. Before the event was postponed because of rain on Sept. 13, Cannon was not qualified after one session.

This Saturday, Oct. 4, two more qualifying sessions will be held before final eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 5. The popular Mohawk-coiffed racer had qualified for 56 straight events until he DNQ'd in Memphis, and not qualifying in Reading is not an option, he says.

"We absolutely need to get into the field on that first run on Saturday," he says. "The cool conditions predicted should help our Oakley Funny Car. If we're in comfortably, hopefully in the top half of the field, we can continue to work on our setup in the second round to improve our performance."

Cannon established his career-best top speed at Joliet last weekend, a 325.22-mph run, and predicts that speeds could be strong this weekend at Maple Grove. "I don't know if any records will be broken, but I'll be glad if we're able to run a 4.70-second elapsed time. That should get us into the field. And, I know this car is capable of running 325 miles an hour again. That would be an encouraging accomplishment for my team."

Cannon is currently 14th in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon