Connolly wins second straight U.S. Nationals, Finishes sixth in Countdown to 10 Dave Connolly turned a second straight Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Pro Stock victory Monday into a perfect conclusion to his amazing comeback from no where to sixth...
Connolly wins second straight U.S. Nationals, Finishes sixth in Countdown to 10
Dave Connolly turned a second straight Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Pro Stock victory Monday into a perfect conclusion to his amazing comeback from no where to sixth place in NHRA's Countdown to 10 regular season.
Connolly, who competed in only 13 of the 18 Countdown to 10 races, methodically marched his way through eliminations on a hot Labor Day, earning his 20th of his career triumph. This was his seventh final round and his third triumph. It all helped him compile an impressive 980 points.
"Today was really our day," said Connolly, driver of the Cagnazzi Racing Charter Communications/LifeLock Chevy Cobalt. "We blew the tires off the in the last two rounds. They weren't the best of runs but the win light kept coming on. It was just meant to be. I came out and drove the best I could.
"Winning back-to-back U.S. Nationals is incredible."
With crew chief Tommy Utt dialing in winning combinations time after time, Connolly defeated Larry Morgan in the finals of his 35th title round, coming from behind to win -- 6.743 seconds at 206.04 to Morgan's 6.797 at 204.70. Starting the day from the ninth position, Connolly beat Warren Johnson (6.681 to 9.806), Allen Johnson (6.687 to 6.700) and Kurt Johnson on a holeshot (6.727 to 6.716).
Connolly's reaction was .019 second against Kurt Johnson, who had a .060.
"The Countdown (to 1) is coming at a good time for us," Connolly concluded. "This feels good. At the beginning of the year, we didn't even know if we would be racing. And here we are winning our second straight U.S. Nationals."
Connolly is joined in the title chase by Cagnazzi Racing teammates Jeg Coughlin and Ron Krisher. Coughlin, the defending champion, is third overall with 1,184 points and Krisher is ninth, 828.