Dave Connolly Racing adds new sponsors

Torco Race Fuels and Seelye Wright Automotive Group Are Dave Connolly's New Sponsors on Pro Stock Chevy Cobalt Dave Connolly's Knoll-Gas Motorsports Chevy Cobalt will have a different look next week when he arrives in Topeka, Kan., for the ...

Torco Race Fuels and Seelye Wright  Automotive Group Are
Dave Connolly's New Sponsors on Pro Stock Chevy  Cobalt
Dave Connolly's Knoll-Gas Motorsports Chevy Cobalt will have  a different
look next week when he arrives in Topeka, Kan., for the O'Reilly  Summer
Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.  But the paint job is all that  changes for
Connolly, who is in hot pursuit of his first Pro Stock  championship.

Torco Race Fuels and Seelye Wright Automotive Group will be featured on the Evan Knoll-owned Chevy Cobalt. Connolly will continue to run as part of Victor Cagnazzi Racing's potent two-car line-up that also features two-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Connolly, winner at St. Louis earlier this month, thanked Knoll  for "giving
us all the funding we need to stay out here and run competitively in  this
extremely tough class.  He's definitely stepped up to the plate in  more ways
than one.  He is one of the best owner/sponsors a guy could ask  for.  He has
full confidence in his driver and team. Evan put us in a good  position with a
good team and good people to work with at Cagnazzi  Racing.

"The only big changes in the organization are the names on our cars," Connolly continued. "Victor has great people working at the shop and the guys in the engine room and chassis shop have given us two of the quickest and fastest cars in Pro Stock. Tommy Utt, my crew chief, is like a second dad to me and we all get along like family."

Knoll, meanwhile, echoed Connolly's feelings.

"Yes, nothing has  changed with Victor or the shop," said Knoll.  "Hey, it
didn't work out  with Slammers and that's a shame, but that will not hold any
of us back.   We are going for the NHRA Pro Stock championship.  Dave is still
my driver  and Victor is working hard like the rest of the great people he
has at the  shop.

"This is one bad team . . . and it's Showtime."

Connolly, 24, has been impressive in his three-plus years as a Pro Stock driver, finishing third twice (2004 and 2006) and fifth once (2005). He has 10 race wins in 21 final rounds. He currently is second in NHRA POWERade Series points with nine races remaining in the new Countdown to Eight portion of the season championship chase that eventually trims the field to four drivers before deciding the winner.

"I  couldn't ask for a better team," Connolly said. "It's kind of a dream
come true  for me to be in the position we are now, working for Evan and Victor
both -- two  standup guys who have a lot going for them.".

-credit: dcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Dave Connolly