Denver: Scotty Cannon Saturday summary

Cannon No. 15 in final Denver qualifying DENVER, Colo. (July 19, 2003) - In 90-degree heat at a track that's a mile high, it's tough for any team to try to follow the changing weather conditions in order to set up the race car for them. The day...

Cannon No. 15 in final Denver qualifying

DENVER, Colo. (July 19, 2003) - In 90-degree heat at a track that's a mile high, it's tough for any team to try to follow the changing weather conditions in order to set up the race car for them. The day began with high temperatures and a bright sun and ended with clouds and impending rain. The rain stayed away for the most part, delaying only the runs for the last two pairs of Funny Cars.

Scotty Cannon's first run today in the Oakley Funny Car in the third qualifying session was in the heat of the day, and he posted a solid 5.223/286.44 pass. However, in the final session, the temperature and conditions changed dramatically, and he smoked the tires to a 6.390-second elapsed time at 147.84 mph.

Cannon's 5.179/288.46 pass, established in the second round of qualifying yesterday, held up for the No. 15 spot.

"We're going to put it back to where we ran the first run today, when we ran a .22, and see how many rounds we can go tomorrow," said the popular Mohawk-wearing racer. "We just got after it too much tonight because the weather changed a little bit and the track we know got a little better and we got a little greedy and it bit us, that's all."

Cannon has the chance to oust his teammate Whit Bazemore's fiercest rival for the championship, Tony Pedregon, in the first round of final eliminations tomorrow.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Scotty Cannon