Topeka: Scotty Cannon race report

CANNON OUT IN FIRST ROUND TOPEKA, Kan. (May 25, 2003) - Scotty Cannon and his Oakley Funny Car team were stoked after qualifying in No. 4 position with a stout 4.814-second elapsed time at 312.21 mph for the O'Reilly Summer Nationals at ...

CANNON OUT IN FIRST ROUND

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 25, 2003) - Scotty Cannon and his Oakley Funny Car team were stoked after qualifying in No. 4 position with a stout 4.814-second elapsed time at 312.21 mph for the O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Cannon and crew chief Phil Shuler were ready to put their struggles behind them as they came up to the line to face Frank Pedregon in the first round of final eliminations.

Cannon took off with a .106 reaction time to Pedregon's .086, which looked like it could have been a close match. But when a supercharger belt blew off Cannon's car he lost traction, allowing Pedregon to cruise to the win with a less-than-stellar 5.242-second run at 276.80 mph.

"We just dropped a hole right at the step and never could recover. The belt came off of it," said a disappointed Cannon.

Trying to find the bright side, the 1999 NHRA Rookie of the year quipped: "The weather's nice, it's a good day for a drag race."

The team will test here at Heartland Park Topeka on Monday before heading to Joliet, Ill., for the 10th round of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Pedregon , Scotty Cannon