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Connolly, SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Team Looking for Some Racing Luck Perplexed. Bewildered. Frustrated. Annoyed. Irritated. Pick any one of those words and you'll likely describe how Dave Connolly and Terry Adams feel about their 2006 POWERade...

Connolly, SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Team Looking for Some Racing Luck

Perplexed. Bewildered.  Frustrated.   Annoyed. Irritated.

Pick any one of those words and you'll likely describe how Dave Connolly and Terry Adams feel about their 2006 POWERade Series campaign.

The SKULL GEAR Pro Stock team comes to this weekend's SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway looking for some good luck -- at the track.

Connolly has driven two  SKULL GEAR Chevrolet Cobalts in four races and
neither has been as competitive  as the team wanted or needed.  But no one on the
team is waving a white  flag.
"We are going to give our new car another chance this  weekend," said Adams,
the crew chief.  "We haven't been able to get it to  run in the first 60
feet.  We've changed just about everything.  We do  have a plan B, and that's to
go back to the Cobalt we ran most of last year if  things don't get better.
We'll work until we get this straightened  out."

Adams took a long look at the current car at last week's Spring Nationals in Houston and came away puzzled. He knew he had horsepower under the hood, but the on-track results were almost the same as its first race using an engine with less power.

"Rickie Smith drives a  car that is identical to ours and has the same
problems," Adams said.  "He  tested after the race in Houston and found a few
things that improved the e.t.  some.  We'd be happy with a one-hundredth (of a
second)  improvement.
Connolly, a five-time Pro Stock winner,  won here a year ago. It was his
second win of the season.  He finished  fifth in points. He won three times and
was third in 2004, his first full season  on tour.
He qualified 12th and won his first-round match with Kurt  Johnson at
Houston, but eventual race winner Mike Edwards eliminated him in the  next round.

"Terry and the crew are working hard and we know we'll get this thing turned around soon," said Connolly, 23. "We'll be doing our best and hope it's this weekend."

-jls

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Series NHRA
Drivers Terry Adams , Rickie Smith , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards