Seattle: Scotty Cannon eliminations summary

Cannon cuts great light in Seattle, loses close race to John Force KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2003) - No. 14 qualifier Scotty Cannon did his job at the Christmas Tree in the less desirable left lane against the 12-time NHRA Funny Car champion and No....

Cannon cuts great light in Seattle, loses close race to John Force

KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2003) - No. 14 qualifier Scotty Cannon did his job at the Christmas Tree in the less desirable left lane against the 12-time NHRA Funny Car champion and No. 3 qualifier today in the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. He drilled John Force with an .025 reaction time to Force's .077, but it was Force first at the finish line with a 5.004/302.75 pass versus Cannon's 5.161/293.35.

Despite the loss, Cannon credits his crew chief Phil Shuler, who will become Head Mechanic after this race when Cannon takes over crew-chief duties, for a good setup at a track that is notoriously slick and bumpy.

"He had one of the fastest cars yesterday in the left-hand lane, when it ran a 5.16," said Cannon. "I think he did a magnificent job on the setup for today. We weren't trying to go out there and run an .00. The Oakley car actually went a 5.10, because I was five hundredths deep. And I still had a decent light. John's and my reaction times would have been almost identical if I had been shallow-staged like he was. We had one of the best cars out there today and got beat. What can I say?"

Cannon has qualified for every race so far this season, and stands 14th in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series point standings, with 506.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Scotty Cannon