Scotty Cannon Makes It Two In A Row! Scores Holeshot Victory At Southern Nationals DARLINGTON, SC â€” Scotty Cannon claims to have overcome hell and high water to win his 25th career Pro Modified national event at the rain-delayed...
Scotty Cannon Makes It Two In A Row! Scores Holeshot Victory At Southern Nationals
DARLINGTON, SC — Scotty Cannon claims to have overcome hell and high water to win his 25th career Pro Modified national event at the rain-delayed IHRA Southern Nationals in Darlington, South Carolina. The five-time Pro Modified world champion applied an uncharacteristic holeshot to outrun a quicker Ed Hoover in the final round on Monday morning.
Severe thunderstorms limited qualifying at the event to two sessions and when the rains and the burning rubber subsided, Cannon had qualified third with a 6.509/214.69. Unfortunately for him, that is as good as it would get. He wounded engine after engine just to stay in the contest. His first round win over Robbie Diamond was deadly to his engine, but not as fatal as it was in overtaking Carl Moyer. A broken oil pump was minus the mandrel necessitating an engine swap between rounds.
The plot thickened from that point as the team hurried changed engines only to notice that the rotors had been installed in the blower backwards. As they thrashed to change out superchargers (which was timed by announcer Ed O’Reilly to be three minutes and spare seconds), they raced to the burnout box as semifinal opponent Fred Hahn rolled through on his burnout. Hahn drilled Cannon on the starting line only to get out of the groove and helplessly watch the Cable TV Magazine Studebaker pass him for the win.
Rain forced the final round to be contested on Monday morning and that gave Cannon ample time to work out his earlier bugs. He came to the line ready to race and opponent Hoover took a snooze. The Lyman, South Carolina driver fended off a furious charge from the Trussell Motorsports 1963 Corvette, 6.518/213.84 to 6.510/209.36. Cannon was awestruck at the opportunities that fate had afforded him.
"“Racing is something that we can never predict",” explained Cannon". “Just when it seems that all is lost, fate can hand you some luck. Even if you have all the skills in the racing world, but no luck -- you might as well quit racing. I can'’t say enough about my crew. I just drive this thing. They are the ones that put me on the starting line for each run."