Madison: Dave Connolly final summary

Connolly Reaches Semifinals, Third Place in Pro Stock Points The comeback of Dave Connolly continued Sunday when the talented driver of the SKULL GEAR Chevy Cobalt advanced to the semifinals of the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway ...

Connolly Reaches Semifinals, Third Place in Pro Stock Points

The comeback of Dave Connolly continued Sunday when the talented driver of the SKULL GEAR Chevy Cobalt advanced to the semifinals of the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis.

That performance lifted the Elyria, Ohio native into third place in NHRA POWERade Series points as the season reached the halfway point.

Connolly, however, wasn't content with the outing because he came within four-thousandths of a second consecutive trip to the final round and his fifth of the year.

"The car stood up and shook the tires at the top of low gear," Connolly said of his loss to eventual race winner Mike Edwards, "and we lost the momentum."

He had a .014 of a second reaction time to Edwards' .024, but Edwards got by him, winning in 6.727 seconds at 205.35 mph to Connolly's 6.741 at 205.66.

"Some days the car carries the driver and sometimes the driver carries the car," lamented Connolly. "The track just got better and we had a setup for a hot track. We are going into the second half of the season in the championship chase and things should be interesting the rest of the way."

Connolly began eliminations with a 6.765 to 6.798 win over Greg Stanfield. He moved into the semis with a close decision over Kurt Johnson, thanks to another hole shot. Connolly's .014 reaction and 6.740 elapsed time paved the way for a five-thousandths of a second victory. Johnson's time was 6.728 seconds.

Connolly has 730 points and trails pacesetting Greg Anderson by 71 and runner-up Jason Line by 69.JJA three-day test session is on tap this week at Denver, and then the team has a two-week break before resuming competition in the traditional Western Swing -- races in successive weeks in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.

-jls

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards