St. Louis: Cagnazzi Racing final summary

Dave Connolly Beats Jeg Coughlin for Midwest Nationals Win in Battle of Cagnazzi Racing Pro Stock Stars MADISON, Ill./St. Louis, May 6, 2007 -- Bravo! Brands Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRVO): Dave Connolly won the battle of Cagnazzi ...

Dave Connolly Beats Jeg Coughlin for Midwest Nationals Win in Battle of Cagnazzi Racing Pro Stock Stars

MADISON, Ill./St. Louis, May 6, 2007 -- Bravo! Brands Inc. (OTC  Bulletin
Board: BRVO): Dave Connolly won the battle of Cagnazzi Racing/Slammers  Ultimate
Milk teammates Sunday by defeating Jeg Coughlin in the historic final  round of
the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International  Raceway.
Connolly's Evan Knoll-owned Torco Racing Fuels/Slammers  Ultimate Milk Chevy
Cobalt edged Coughlin's Slammers Ultimate Milk Cobalt, 6.663  seconds at
206.99 mph to 6.695 at 206.64. The triumph was the first for Cagnazzi  Racing
marked the first time both drivers advanced to the finals  together.
Connolly also shared the winner's podium with his dad Ray  for the second
time in his career.  Ray Connolly won Super Gas in the  Sportsman category.
"It was awesome winning," said Connolly, who  qualified third and dominated
eliminations by running the quickest elapsed time  in each round.  "I don't
know who is happier, me, my dad, Evan Knoll or  Victor Cagnazzi.  There's
nothing like a POWERade Pro Stock final when you  are running a guy like Jeg.
"To get the car running like it  did and go out there and outrun everybody
like I did was  incredible."

He began competition with a win over Kenny Koretsky, 6.662 to 6.703, and followed by sending Allen Johnson, 6.657 to 6.676, and Justin Humphreys, 6.682 to 11.689, home.

And he couldn't be happier that his 10th career win was Cagnazzi's first.

"It was an awesome  weekend for Victor in general," said Connolly.  "I was
watching Jeg's  semifinal run and when I saw the win light go on in his lane
and it felt like  someone put about 200 pounds on my chest, and to go out and
watch my dad win  Super Gas was incredible.  That just put more pressure on.  I
guess I  had the better hot rod this weekend.
"Our win was a big tribute to  what Victor has put together in his shop from
every aspect -- the sponsorship,  the chassis, the engines to the on-track crew
-- he's done an awesome  job."

The victory moved Connolly into second place in points with 479. Coughlin is third with 466.

Coughlin, meanwhile, had  kudos for Cagnazzi.  "It was a good success for the
entire Cagnazzi  organization. Victor's dream come true is to get both of his
cars in the final  and we've done it once.  Now that we have one out of the
way I'm sure that  won't be out last.  Tommy Utt did a great job on Dave's car
today and it  was flying.

"They were trying their best on mine but they just couldn't get it to move in the first six to 10 feet. It was really sluggish and the 60-foot times were poor. We tried some things in the final but it struck the chassis a little" and the car moved around."

That little  wiggle erased the .016-second advantage Coughlin had off the
starting  line.

Coughlin did eliminate front-running driver Greg Anderson in the semifinals.

"It felt good," said Coughlin, who left Anderson at the line long enough to capitalize with a 6.707-second time to Anderson's 6.690. The winning edge was six-thousandths of a second.

-credit: cr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Greg Anderson , Kenny Koretsky , Allen Johnson , Justin Humphreys , Dave Connolly