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.