Cannon still looking for first win in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas - They say the first win can be the hardest. Yet it can also be the sweetest. Those of the thoughts of defending NHRA Division 2 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Jason Cannon as he...
Cannon still looking for first win in Houston
BAYTOWN, Texas - They say the first win can be the hardest. Yet it can also be the sweetest. Those of the thoughts of defending NHRA Division 2 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Jason Cannon as he enters this weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. Cannon, who has won numerous times on the divisional level, and made three national event final rounds (two in Super Comp, one in Top Alcohol Dragster), hopes to put his first 'W' in the national event column this weekend with his Caps Coach & Trailer/InsideTopAlcohol.com entry.
Cannon, from Middleburg, Fla., also hopes to get the monkey of parts breakage off his back this weekend.
"It seems like every time we turn around here lately, we have some sort of freak parts breakage," said Cannon. "If were blowing motors up from leaning on them, or just running wore out parts, it would be one thing, but these are just off the wall deals here lately. It's costing us rounds and a lot of money to mention. Hopefully we can have a normal weekend in Houston and just focus on trying to run our deal. It's hard enough to beat the rest of the field running at 100%, much less throwing parts breakage in there."
With the team racing many miles from their home in Fla., several normal crew members couldn't make the trip. Team Crew Chief Will Hanna, who resides in the Houston area, had to pull several old crewmembers from the 'inactive' roster.
"This weekend hit us pretty hard in the personnel department," stated Hanna. "Sometimes you lose one or two guys for whatever reason, but this weekend we're missing three of our normal guys. Luckily we have some 'depth' in the area to pull from. Bruce Meyer, who did clutch for his dad Jay Meyer, will sub in for us this weekend, and he certainly knows the clutch department. We still needed one more person, so I pulled my dad out of retirement and gave him a chance to come get dirty. I didn't want him to forget how much fun all this work is. I'm sure he'll be back in retirement by Monday."
Cannon and Hanna are quick to cite regardless of the behind the scenes circumstances, they still have their work cut out for them this weekend.
"We're really going to focus on consistency," Cannon stated. "My old man dropped off all of his old National Dragsters from years past this winter in our new race car shop. I looked back and saw how many races guys like Tom Conway, who gives us a lot of help today, ran real strong, but just broke their back with consistency, and won a lot of races that way. Since we've changed our mind set to consistency rather than low e.t., we've picked up a lot more wins."
"With the conditions we'll see this weekend, I think 5.30's will be cheap," Hanna added. "Hopefully we can dial this car into the mid .30's, and just make the other car deal with that. That's a lot easier said than done, though."
Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with one final session Saturday morning. Eliminations begin Saturday evening, and final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.
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