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SCOTTY CANNON'S RISE TO STARDOM BEGAN WITH HUMBLE BEGINNING

 

Scotty Cannon was the benchmark standard for Pro Modified's first decade. In nine seasons of racing the IHRA's volatile doorslammer division, he won six world championships, finished in the top ten every season, and won 28 of 45 final rounds. A full decade [2008] after the Lyman, South Carolina driver pursued an NHRA fuel Funny Car career, Cannon remained the winningest driver with nine more victories than second-place Shannon Jenkins. He had reached 14 more finals than Jenkins, clearly his fiercest challenger.  

Cannon heard the whispered jeers of how he'd cheated his way to success. His opponents protested him dozens of times, only to lose their money and watch as Cannon was declared in compliance with the rulebook every time. 

"I was trying hard," Cannon said. "I was working harder than anybody. Carl Moyer even said that more than once when he did his interviews: 'The reason I won, I was winning so much,' he said. 

TUNER ERIC LANE JOINS CRUZ PEDREGON RACING

 

Eric Lane has joined Cruz Pedregon Racing as co-crew chief on the team’s Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger Funny Car for the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 

Lane has worked with some of the sport’s biggest names including Jimmy Prock, Rahn Tobler and Austin Coll. He has been a part of over 30 wins and two world championships. Lane will team with Nick Casertano, who he worked with at Tasca Racing on the team’s rebuild in 2018, as co-crew chiefs on the team’s entry. 

FOLSE'S HOT START SEALED THE DEAL FOR MWPMS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Wins in each of the opening pair of races for the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series season led to a championship-winning season for Top Sportsman veteran Earl Folse.

In the season opener in March at the Texas Motorplex, Folse beat eventual points runner-up Bob Gulitti in the Race Star Wheels Top Sportsman final. Hailing from the aptly named Raceland, LA, he repeated the feat the next month in St. Louis, where last-round opponent Mark MacDonald broke out at the eighth-mile stripe.

"You always go out there hoping to get the win everywhere you go, but we really didn't expect to win two in a row," Folse admitted. "That really got the ball rolling.

SCRAPPERS, TRUE DISRUPTION GO HAND IN HAND IN MAKING RACING INDUSTRY TAKE NOTICE

 

What started with a sketch in a U.S. Army officer’s notebook in Kuwait 10 years ago has advanced to a patented sphere brake technology that is expected to surpass the performance of disc- and drum-brake systems and revolutionize the automotive industry.

And one of the lynchpins to its success is 22-year-old NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Jianna Salinas, who has caused True Disruption of her own on the racetrack.

FORMER FC RACER CHAD HEAD HAS MASTERED THE ART OF KEEPING BUSY

 

Sometimes you have to see the bigger picture. The bigger picture was all the inspiration Chad Head needed. 

Battling the flu, and filled with the congestion crud, Head miraculously was healed for three seconds at a time on multiple occasions during the Monday Morning Nationals following the NHRA Nevada Nationals in Las Vegas. 

Head got a chance to drive a fuel Funny Car. 

LAKE SPEED JR. JOINS TOTAL SEAL TEAM AS VP SALES-MARKETING

 

Total Seal Piston Rings, a leader in piston ring technology and manufacturing, confirmed that Lake Speed, Jr. has joined the company as the new Vice President of Sales & Marketing, effective December 1, 2019.
 
“We welcome Lake to Total Seal," said Matt Hartford, CEO, and President of Total Seal.."There are a multitude of sales and marketing opportunities we want to take advantage of, and we feel Lake is the right person to direct our advancement. His years of experience in racing, technology development in all types of engines, ability to see opportunities in various industries, and his dedication to the sport and industry are important to us going forward.”

FOLEY-LEWIS PLANNING EIGHT-RACE TOP FUEL SCHEDULE IN 2020

 

With the start of 2020 preseason testing just two months away, Doug Foley and his Foley Lewis Racing team announced today their plans for the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Series season. The Mooresville, North Carolina-based Top Fuel team will compete at eight races, starting with the NHRA Arizona Nationals near Phoenix in February.
 
First, Foley will make his licensing runs and join the stars of NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car during preseason testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., Jan. 29-Feb. 1. It will be Foley’s first time back in a Top Fuel seat since 2011, though he raced Top Alcohol Dragster in 2018.

LARRY MORGAN TOPS ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK POLL

 

Last week, our ARP Question of the Week poll asked who was the best Pro Stock driver never to win an NHRA world championship.

By a 27-percent majority, you responded Larry Morgan.

WHAT I'M THANKFUL FOR ... WITH TERRY MCMILLEN

 

As a tradition established years ago, CompetitionPlus.com has asked members of the racing community to provide our readers with what they are most thankful for during this holiday season. This year's featured person is Terry McMillen.

IT'S THE AUTHENTICITY THAT'S THE FACTOR FOR STOTT'S SOUTHEAST GASSERS SUCCESS

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