Sonoma: Scotty Cannon eliminations summary

Cannon meets his Oakley Teammate in first round SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 3, 2003) - There's only one problem with multi-car teams: chances are good that you'll have to meet your teammate in one of the final eliminations rounds. That's what happened...

Cannon meets his Oakley Teammate in first round

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 3, 2003) - There's only one problem with multi-car teams: chances are good that you'll have to meet your teammate in one of the final eliminations rounds. That's what happened today to the Oakley boys Scotty Cannon and Gary Scelzi, as they found themselves in a match-up in the first round of final eliminations at the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

This would be a tough race for both, as each was seeking his first career Funny Car win. Scelzi's car, however, was a rocketship this weekend, which was proven by his establishing a track top speed record during qualifying. Cannon, No. 12 in qualifying, conceded to that fact, but was still bent on defeating his teammate, who had qualified fifth.

Cannon's reaction time was a tick quicker than Scelzi's, but it was Scelzi all the way with a 4.899/316.97 pass to Cannon's tire-smoking 7.041/119.08.

"The bottom line is he's got the best car here and we knew when we had to run him that he had the best car," said Cannon, of Lyman, S.C., who is also the crew chief on his car. "We weren't just going out there to run 5.0; I was trying to run mid-90s. It didn't make it. What can I say? I'll go to the next race and try to figure something out."

Scelzi went on to win his first Funny Car event of his career and his teammate was happy for his Oakley partner. "That's great. It's a good deal," said Cannon. "That team deserved the win and I'm happy that Oakley was in the winner's circle. Jim Jannard of Oakley I'm sure is a very happy man right now."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon