Pomona II: Dave Connolly final report

Dave Connolly Finishes Third In 2007 Pro Stock Title Race It definitely wasn't the way Dave Connolly thought his 2007 NHRA POWERade Series season would end . . . in the first round, on a foul start in the Auto Club Finals at Pomona, ...

Dave Connolly Finishes Third In 2007 Pro Stock Title Race

It definitely wasn't the way Dave Connolly thought his 2007 NHRA POWERade Series season would end . . . in the first round, on a foul start in the Auto Club Finals at Pomona, Calif.

But it did  Sunday, and a disappointed Connolly accepted full blame for his
minus-13  thousandths of a second red light loss to Mike Edwards.  "It shouldn'
t have  been red," said Connolly.  "It is my fault. I totally messed up. I
was just  trying to get up.  I really didn't want to leave anything on the
table (at  the starting line) because you can't. Edwards is so  competitive."

Edwards won with a 6.703-second elapsed time at 206.10 mph.

"It has been a good season altogether. We've accomplished a lot," continued Connolly, driver of Evan Knoll's Torco Racing Fuels Chevy Cobalt for Victor Cagnazzi Racing. "It just wasn't meant to be, or things would've been a little different."

When the sun set  at Pomona, Connolly was third in points (3126) for the
third time in his  four-year Pro Stock career.  It was, however, his finest season
in terms of  victories. He became the fourth driver in his category to win
five straight  races -- joining Ronnie Sox, Bob Glidden and Greg Anderson.  And
he had  eight wins in nine final rounds. Included were triumphs at his home
track in  Norwalk, Ohio, and the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.  He also was the
No.  1 qualifier three times, including Sunday.
"We had a great season,"  Connolly said.  "I want to thank Evan and Victor
Cagnazzi and all the  people at the shop.  It won't be long before we start
working on the 2008  season."

-credit: ekr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Bob Glidden , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards