Jason Cannon Baytown wrap up

Cannon makes semifinals in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas - Defending NHRA Division 2 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Jason Cannon used career best numbers to reach the semifinals of this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at...

Cannon makes semifinals in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas - Defending NHRA Division 2 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Jason Cannon used career best numbers to reach the semifinals of this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. Cannon lost to eventual winner Mitch Myers in the semifinals.

Cannon qualified his Caps Coach & Trailer/InsideTopAlcohol.com backed dragster sixth in the field with a career-best 5.371 second time at 264.96 mph. In his first qualifying attempt, Cannon became one of only five drivers to eclipse the 267 mph mark in a blown alcohol dragster with a 5.384 blast at 267.22 mph. In round one, he defeated Shelly Howard with a 5.407 at 265.53 mph, then defeated Randy Meyer's World Championship winning car with a 5.395 at 264.55 mph. Cannon's day would come to an end in the semifinals, however. Cannon took the starting line advantage, but launched wheels up into severe tireshake, forcing him to lift, while his opponent Myers ran a 5.313 at 256.21 mph.

"We got a little too aggressive in the semi's," said Cannon. "It hiked the front end up and started drifting over towards the centerline, and was really shaking out there, so I had to lift. I started to get back in it, but he was long gone by then, so I just coasted. Even if we had calmed it down, I don't think there was much we were going to do with that 5.31. It definitely was an A/Fuel race this weekend."

"It is nice to get the second round monkey off our back and go some rounds on Sunday again at a national event," Cannon continued. "This was the first race of the year that the motor we started the race with finished it, so that was kind of nice."

"Considering the fact we really had a throw-together crew, we didn't do too bad," stated team Crew Chief Will Hanna. "Rick Hanna, Terry Coldwater and Bruce Meyer did an excellent job of filling the gap. We knew to a certain degree that the A/Fuel cars were going to run good here. It seems like at this particular race, most of the teams figured out the new weight they put on them for this year, and are running like they used to. Mid .30's were attainable, but a blown car wasn't going to run 5.20's. This weekend made a pretty good case for NHRA giving us the C blower, which would narrow the gap."

The next race for the team will be the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, May 13-16.

"We learned some things this weekend," said Cannon. "We're looking forward to using them in Atlanta. We'll have our normal crew back, so we should be good to go."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shelly Howard , Randy Meyer