Connolly, SKULL GEAR Team Miss Starting Line-up by Slim Margin Eleven-thousandths of a second separated Dave Connolly from the ACDelco Gatornationals starting Pro Stock field Saturday afternoon at Gainesville Raceway. It wasn't what was ...
Connolly, SKULL GEAR Team Miss Starting Line-up by Slim Margin
Eleven-thousandths of a second separated Dave Connolly from the ACDelco Gatornationals starting Pro Stock field Saturday afternoon at Gainesville Raceway.
It wasn't what was expected, but, then again neither were engine problems nor the usual uncertainty of dealing with a new race car. The SKULL GEAR Chevrolet Cobalt that was making its NHRA POWERade Series debut, had a best elapsed time of 6.712 seconds at 205.29 mph. Dave Howard's 6.701-second time was 16th in the quickest Pro Stock starting line-up in history.
"I think we hurt the motor on our first qualifying session," said crew chief Terry Adams, "and we didn't run well on our second run. We had a bad run in Saturday's first session and then we over-estimated the track on our last try."
The team changed motors for Saturday and the car had traction problems on the initial attempt, "then moved to the right and I over-corrected," said Connolly of the 6.714 at 205.94 mph performance. "It just wasn't a very good run.
"We had to make a good run on our fourth try and we didn't need a soft combination. I knew the car wasn't going anywhere going into second gear."
Adams hoped to get all misfortune out of the way in one weekend.
"Our motors look pretty fast," he said. "We'll get things straightened out in the engine department and improve our on-track performance. Usually, when things like this happen, one of those things can cover the other. But you can't do that when both of them give you trouble.
We'll get it straightened out . . . and soon."