First Accident Surprises Dave Connolly 'Embarrassed' Connolly Eager to Get Back into SKULL GEAR Cobalt; Car Goes to Jerry Bickel's Shop for Front-end Repairs It was something he's done thousands of times without any trouble, so...
First Accident Surprises Dave Connolly
'Embarrassed' Connolly Eager to Get Back into SKULL GEAR Cobalt; Car Goes to Jerry Bickel's Shop for Front-end Repairs
It was something he's done thousands of times without any trouble, so Dave Connolly certainly wasn't anticipating anything out of the ordinary when he guided the SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Chevrolet Cobalt off the starting line on its test-run burnout at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta earlier this week.
Everything was normal, so much so that Connolly was "shutting off the fuel pump and didn't think about having anything happen," he said. "The car was a little sideways on the burnout and when I lifted the right tire grabbed and sent me into the concrete retaining wall. It was just one of those deals.
"It was more embarrassing than anything else," he continued. "It wasn't what we were looking for. I'd never crashed anything before. I feel bad for the team because they're the ones who have to work on it."
The left front of the Cobalt was damaged so crew chief Terry Adams decided to send it to car builder Jerry Bickel's St. Louis-area shop for repairs.
"It tore up the front end pretty good," Adams said. "Jerry said his guys will work on it this weekend and get it fixed. He has a paint shop there and can do it all. It's one-stop shopping."
Bickel is completing work on a new SKULL GEAR Cobalt that should be ready for delivery in a few weeks.
Adams, who this year is using engines supplied by Victor Cagnazzi Racing, was pleased with the performance progress he'd made prior to the accident. "We 'll finish our testing at Las Vegas (Feb. 3-5)," he said. "The more runs we make, the better we'll be."
The season begins with the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, Feb. 9-12, at Pomona, Calif.
Connolly, meanwhile, is eager to get back in the driver's seat. "Several drivers who were there testing came up to me and told me to not feel bad; they' ve done the same thing. Jeggie (recently retired Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr.) told me this was just a little sideshow. He said I only have one option, and that's to get over it."