Cannon qualifies 13th in Houston. Houston (April 12, 2003) -- Scotty Cannon didn't expect to do so well, but in the final qualifying session for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, he pulled off a 4.928-second pass at 312.86...
Cannon qualifies 13th in Houston.
Houston (April 12, 2003) -- Scotty Cannon didn't expect to do so well, but in the final qualifying session for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, he pulled off a 4.928-second pass at 312.86 mph, which was the fifth quickest elapsed time of the round, earning him the 13th qualifying position for tomorrow's final eliminations in his Oakley "Elite Special Forces" Funny Car.
There were concerns going into this last round, as Jack Wyatt was No. 17 and Cannon No. 16. The team was relieved when Wyatt, first car out, smoked the tires and shut it down, remaining unqualified in 17th.
Cannon was next up and comfortable in the knowledge that he was already in the field.
"We had some problems that we didn't realize we had in the first round in Vegas; we thought we were doing so good," he said later. "We got by the first round in Vegas, but we got looking back at it and the car is doing the same here in all the qualifying runs that it did in the last two runs in Vegas. We addressed the problem; hopefully we fixed it. But going in the last session, Jack Wyatt was in front of us and none of us had really been down the track. So we went real, real safe on a whole bunch of stuff. And, to be honest with you, it surprised me it ran as good as it did.
"We were just hoping to run 4.90-anything, just so we could have a seat here tomorrow at the races. It really gave us a little more. We dodged a couple of bullets earlier in the year. We actually earned this one. We have to earn our way through this. This is a rough deal out here. You're racing the best, so we ain't giving up, that's for sure."