Joliet: Dave Connolly King Demon summary

Connolly Loses Close Race in King Demon Crown Event JOLIET, Ill., June 9, 2007 -- Dave Connolly's chance of winning the $50,000 top prize in Saturday's Pro Stock King Demon Crown special event was ended by Kurt Johnson in the opening round at ...

Connolly Loses Close Race in King Demon Crown Event

JOLIET, Ill., June 9, 2007 -- Dave Connolly's chance of winning the $50,000 top prize in Saturday's Pro Stock King Demon Crown special event was ended by Kurt Johnson in the opening round at Route 66 Raceway. The driver of the Torco Racing Fuels/Seelye Wright Automotive Group Chevy Cobalt placed 15th in qualifying for Sunday's Torco Racing Fuels Nationals.

Connolly expected a higher starting berth but the car's best elapsed time was 6.654 seconds at 206.39 mph. A hot, slippery race track also contributed to Connolly's problems. His quickest time was 6.654 seconds at 206.39 mph. He was one of three drivers to run 6.654 seconds.

Allen Johnson (No. 2, 6.626 seconds at 207.56 mph) will provide the opposition in Sunday's opening round.

Johnson left the starting line first in the King Demon round and the advantage held up the rest of the way. Johnson, who went on to claim the top prize, turned on the win light in 6.712 seconds at 206.86 mph to a 6.700 at 206.39. Connolly had a good reaction time, .024-second, but Johnson had a near-perfect .007.

-credit: dcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Allen Johnson , Dave Connolly