Joliet: Dave Connolly preview

With $50 Grand on Line, Dave Connolly Enthusiastic About Returning to Route 66 Raceway This Weekend There are many reasons why Dave Connolly is looking forward to this weekend' s visit to Route 66 Raceway, $50,000 of them ...

With $50 Grand on Line, Dave Connolly Enthusiastic About Returning to Route 66 Raceway This Weekend

There are many reasons why Dave Connolly is looking  forward to this weekend'
s visit to Route 66 Raceway, $50,000 of them  specifically.
That's the reward going to the winner of Saturday's  King Demon Crown event
pitting the eight top Pro Stock qualifiers over the past  22 races.  Connolly
took home the top prize two years  ago.
There's also the fact Evan Knoll, owner of Connolly's Torco  Race
Fuels/Seelye Wright Automotive Group Chevy Cobalt, is also sponsoring the  event.
This happens to be one of the Elyria, Ohio, native's  favorite race sites.
It was at Route 66 Raceway where he: 1) won his first  national event in the
Super Gas category (2002); 2) made his Pro Stock debut  (2003); 3) won his first
Pro Stock race (2004), sharing the podium with his dad  Ray, who won in Super
Gas; and 4) won $50 grand in the aforementioned Challenge  (2005).
I've had a lot of success there," Connolly says.  "I  can't count the
number of trophies I have from that place. I' m definitely  excited about going
back there.  It's another one of those tracks -- like  Las Vegas, Brainerd and
Topeka -- that just seems to treat us real well. You like  to have a little luck
on your side when you race for $50  grand."

This is an opportune time for this stop because Connolly's performance has been stellar lately. He won at St. Louis (May 6) and used his considerable driving talents to reach the finals at Topeka Sunday before losing to Greg Anderson.

Connolly remained second in NHRA POWERade  Series points (576).  Jeg
Coughlin, his Cagnazzi Racing teammate, is third  (541).
"We're looking forward to running the King Demon," added  Connolly.  "We
didn't run well Sunday at Topeka, but we'll get things  figured out." He meets
Kurt Johnson, whom he beat in the quarterfinals Sunday,  in the first round.

While the winner takes home the largest portion of the purse, the runner-up receives $10,000, with $3,000 going to the semifinal runners-up and $2,500 to the opening-round losers.

Other  pairings include: Anderson vs. V. Gaines, Jason Line vs. Greg
Stanfield and  Allen Johnson vs. Mike Edwards.

-credit: dcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards