St. Louis: Dave Connolly Saturday summary

Connolly Runs Quickest in Last Qualifying Session, Starts Third At St. Louis; Coughlin Few Ticks Behind in Fourth Place MADISON, Ill./St. Louis, May 5, 2007 -- Bravo! Brands Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRVO): Dave Connolly grabbed the...

Connolly Runs Quickest in Last Qualifying  Session, Starts Third
At St. Louis; Coughlin Few Ticks Behind in Fourth  Place

MADISON, Ill./St. Louis, May 5, 2007 -- Bravo! Brands Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRVO): Dave Connolly grabbed the qualifying spotlight on a warm, humid Saturday afternoon near St. Louis when he registered the quickest elapsed time in the second round of Pro Stock qualifying for Sunday's O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

Connolly's  6.692-second, 205.91-mph performance in Evan Knoll's Torco
Racing Fuels/Slammers  Ultimate Milk Chevy Cobalt not only was his best, it was the
only run under 6.70  seconds in the afternoon session.  And it bodes well for
eliminations where  conditions are expected to remain warm.
Connolly finished third  overall, followed by Cagnazzi Racing teammate Jeg
Coughlin, who will start  fourth.  Coughlin's Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevy
Cobalt was timed in 6.703  seconds.
Rain washed out Friday's qualifying, putting a premium on  a good Saturday
effort, and the team responded.  Connolly's first run was  6.698 seconds at
205.66 mph, while Coughlin added a 6.751 in the second  session.
"After all the rain we had and losing the first two runs,  just getting in
the show was pretty important," said Connolly.  "We started  the day running
pretty strong, finishing third and fourth and then to come out  in the heat of
the day and make the quickest run of the session gives us a lot  of confidence.

"We have a good race-day setup on our cars and we are looking forward to racing on Sunday.

Coughlin was happy the  team got "good data off Dave's car," in the second
run.  "That was  exciting. My car was a little lazy down low and I pulled it
out of first gear a  little bit early," Coughlin said of his second run.  "That
was a driver  malfunction which hopefully only happens once a year and in
sessions that don't  count.  Fortunately that was the case Saturday.
"We still have a lot of momentum going into first round.  I  think we are
qualified extremely well and I think we are in for a good  race."
Connolly's first-round opponent is Kenny Koretsky (No. 14,  6.738 at 205.26)
and Coughlin races Mike Edwards (13th, 6.737 at  205.04).

-credit: dcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Koretsky , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards