Englishtown: Scotty Cannon preview

Oakley's Cannon says back-to-back races OK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 12, 2003) -- Scotty Cannon and his Phil Shuler-led crew are working hard to make their new Oakley Funny Car team gel this season, and Cannon's actually looking forward to the ...

Oakley's Cannon says back-to-back races OK

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 12, 2003) -- Scotty Cannon and his Phil Shuler-led crew are working hard to make their new Oakley Funny Car team gel this season, and Cannon's actually looking forward to the upcoming three back-to-back NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series races in Englishtown, N.J., Topeka, Kans., and Joliet, Ill.

The team planned to test the Monday after the Atlanta Dragway race, but were rained out, resulting in the team scheduling a special test at Indianapolis Raceway Park this past "off" weekend. "It's a rough game out there," Cannon says. "But you can't get to the front overnight. I believe the more laps you can make, the sooner it will come to you. That's why I think it's a good thing for the races to be back-to-back. It wears out the guys pretty much, but it does help keep up the momentum.

"We can all stay focused and we actually can work on the car and beat it up three races in a row. The K&N SuperNationals this weekend is a good race to start off on.

"I won't be going home," he adds. "I'll be staying on the road with the car, living with the guys. That should help us to get in the groove and actually make something happen."

Cannon used to match race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at the behest of the late Vinny Napp, who opened the track in 1965. "I have a lot of fans there," says Cannnon, the 1999 NHRA Rookie of the Year who's raced at Old Bridge for some 10 years. "It's where six years ago I set the world record in Pro Mod and it took three or four years before anyone could even break it. But Funny Car isn't Pro Mod. It's a whole different deal.

"If the weather is good, you should see some good times here because the track's pretty good. It's wide, it's pretty smooth and you're at sea level, so you can make plenty of horsepower pretty easy."

Pro Nitro qualifying for the K&N SuperNationals begins on Friday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 17, Pro Nitro qualifying is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. Final Eliminations on Sunday, May 18, start at 11 a.m.

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