Dallas: Dave Connolly final summary

Dave Connolly Too Quick at Fall Nationals Acknowledged as the quickest off the starting line in Pro Stock competition, Dave Connolly recognizes the fact there is little room for error. But that doesn't make things any easier when he's too...

Dave Connolly Too Quick at Fall Nationals

Acknowledged as the quickest off the starting line  in Pro Stock competition,
Dave Connolly recognizes the fact there is little room  for error.

But that doesn't make things any easier when he's too quick.

Connolly was two-thousandths of a second from a perfect .000  reaction Sunday
in the opening round of the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas  Motorplex,
but he was on the wrong side of the timer.  And the result was a  foul start,
giving the win to Kurt Johnson, who, as things turned out, had  handling
problems and shut down, coasting to the finish line in 8.140  seconds.

"I made a bad call," said a dejected Connolly, who was timed in 6.720 seconds at 205.63 mph. "I sped up the linkage one-hundredth (of a second) and that cost us."

It was a frustrating finish for  the SKULL Gear Chevrolet Cobalt team.  A
short in the car's electrical  system shut off the engine in the first three
qualifying runs.  Connolly's  first quarter-mile qualifying pass under power came
on the car's fourth, and  last, attempt.
"We've been fighting stuff we don't usually have to  fight," said crew
chief Terry Adams of the electrical problem that was solved in  Saturday's fourth
qualifying session.  "We were fortunate to get that  fixed."

Connolly's time was second-quickest in the right lane in the first round. He qualified 14th (6.706) while Johnson was third.

Only two POWERade Series events remain this season, at Las Vegas (Oct. 21-23) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 3-6). Connolly won at both tracks earlier in the year.

-dc-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Terry Adams , Dave Connolly