Memphis: Dave Connolly Saturday summary

HEAT, CAR TROUBLE PLAGUE SKULL GEAR TEAM MEMPHIS -- Mother Nature and a different engine builder threw Dave Connolly and the SKULL GEAR Pro Stock team curve balls Friday and Saturday and they struck out in four qualifying attempts for ...

HEAT, CAR TROUBLE PLAGUE SKULL GEAR TEAM

MEMPHIS -- Mother Nature and a different engine builder threw Dave Connolly and the SKULL GEAR Pro Stock team curve balls Friday and Saturday and they struck out in four qualifying attempts for Sunday's O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Oppressive heat and humidity presented crew chief Terry Adams with one set of problems and the new motor some more. But Connolly was bumped from the 16-car field in Saturday's final qualifying session.

It was a difficult day for Adams because his father passed away Friday night in North Carolina.

"It's frustrating . . ." said Connolly. "We kept missing the setup and we weren't able to make a good run. We were giving up a lot of time between 60 to 330 feet on the track and that hurt us."

Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, the team's regular engine builder, suggested trying a Greg Stanfield-built engine. Unfortunately, Connolly and Adams weren't able to test it before the race and the powerplant was different from what they were used to.

Their best time, 6.850 seconds, didn't hold up and he was 17th.

"I'm going to take this car to (builder) Jerry Haas' shop (near St. Louis) and go through it from the front end to the wheelie bars," added Adams. "There's something wrong in the car. It never does the same thing twice."

Connolly and Adams plan to test the car at St. Louis before the next event, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Stanfield , Terry Adams , Jerry Haas , Dave Connolly