Dallas: Scotty Cannon Saturday summary

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 11, 2003) - Scotty Cannon qualified his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus in No. 8 position for tomorrow's O'Reilly Fall Nationals Funny Car final eliminations, by virtue of the 4.902/318.58 pass he posted Friday night, which was...

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 11, 2003) - Scotty Cannon qualified his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus in No. 8 position for tomorrow's O'Reilly Fall Nationals Funny Car final eliminations, by virtue of the 4.902/318.58 pass he posted Friday night, which was good for No. 6 at the time.

Cannon struggled in today's two qualifying sessions, but dropped only two positions after a 5.93/252.31 lap in the first round, and a 5.259/275.14 in the second round.

"It had way too much boost in it, something happened," he said following the final session. "I don't know if a cam messed up or what, but it burned every piston in it in less than 200 feet. It was running good until then."

After not qualifying in two of the last three races, Cannon was pleased to be in the top half of the field. "It feels good, but I'd rather be No. 1," he laughed. "Naah, I'm not complaining after last week. We're just plugging away at it, as I've said all along."

Cannon will meet Phil Burkhart Jr. in the first round of final eliminations tomorrow, to whom he lost in the first round in Joliet, Cannon's last event for which he qualified. "I guess it's my turn," Cannon said.

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