Joliet: Dave Connolly Saturday summary

SKULL GEAR Chevy Cobalt Continues Good Performances JOLIET, Ill., June 10, 2006 -- Dave Connolly lowered his personal best elapsed time to 6.653 seconds (at 206.80 mph) and qualified third for Sunday's CarQuest Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66...

SKULL GEAR Chevy Cobalt Continues Good Performances

JOLIET, Ill., June 10, 2006 -- Dave Connolly lowered his personal best elapsed time to 6.653 seconds (at 206.80 mph) and qualified third for Sunday's CarQuest Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

The winner of two of the last three NHRA POWERade Series races meets Dave Howard (14th, 6.691 seconds at 206.99 mph) in the first round.

Connolly's quick time came in Friday's last session, one that saw many quick runs. He began qualifying with a 6.668 at 206.80 before crew chief Tommy Utt dialed it in his best effort. On a cold, wet Saturday, Connolly's SKULL GEAR Chevy Cobalt shook the tires hard and didn't get down the track on his lone run. Intermittent rain eventually forced cancellation of the fourth run.

"I was trying something different and just didn't have the courage to make a big change," said Utt, "and we shook the tires because we didn't have enough power."

"We're not complaining about what happened," Connolly said. "I do wish we had gotten both runs in because I use the last two to work on my (reaction time) lights. We did make some good runs here and I know that won't have any effect on us Sunday."

-jls-

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