Englishtown: Dave Connolly final summary

Connolly Finishes Second, Moves Up to Fourth in NHRA Pro Stock Points Dave Connolly took another step up in NHRA POWERade Series points Sunday when he drove the SKULL GEAR Chevy Colt to a runner-up finish in the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old...

Connolly Finishes Second, Moves Up to Fourth in NHRA Pro Stock Points

Dave Connolly took another step up in NHRA POWERade Series points Sunday when he drove the SKULL GEAR Chevy Colt to a runner-up finish in the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

It was the Elyria, Ohio, native's fourth final round of 2006 and the third since Tommy Utt stepped in as crew chief.

On one of the hottest race days of the season, Connolly methodically made his was through the field. He defeated V. Gaines in the opening round, 6.707 seconds at 206.70 to 6.711 at 206.57, and stopped Warren Johnson in the quarterfinals 6.724 at 206.54 to 6.734 at 205.98. He eliminated Kurt Johnson, Warren's son, in the semifinals, 6.739 at 205.79 to 6.780 at 205.57.

"He (Line) had us by about a hundredth (of a second) all day and we expected that (would stay the same in the finals)," said Connolly. "And he had a .013 second reaction time. He did a good job in the final."

Line got the win light with a run of 6.729 seconds at 205.98 mph to Connolly' s 6.739 at 206.45.

"I felt more comfortable driving this weekend but I didn't want it to end like that," added Connolly.

This was Connolly's 17th career final round. He has seven victories, including at Atlanta (May 7) and Topeka, Kan. (May 28), this year. He also was runner-up at Las Vegas in April.

Connolly is fourth in points with 655, 17 behind third-place Jim Yates and 109 behind pacesetting Greg Anderson's 763.

Connolly and the SKULL GEAR team won't have to wait long to get back into action. The Midwest Nationals at St. Louis take place June 23-25.

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Drivers Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Dave Connolly