Topeka: Dave Connolly Friday summary

Dave Connolly No. 2 after first day of qualifying in Carrier Boyz Racing Pro Stock Colbalt TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- What a difference a week makes. One week ago, Connolly was racing in Columbus for Mike Dzurilla and Bullet Motorsports...

Dave Connolly No. 2 after first day of qualifying in Carrier Boyz Racing Pro Stock Colbalt

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- What a difference a week makes.

One week ago, Connolly was racing in Columbus for Mike Dzurilla and Bullet Motorsports and qualified No. 5. This weekend at Heartland Park Topeka, Connolly and team are under the umbrella of Carrier Boyz Racing and after two of four qualifying sessions the Elyria, Ohio driver holds the No. 2 position on the qualifying ladder for the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX.

In the interim, Connolly's week has been hectic to say the least. On Monday, the 22-year-old racer, who as a Pro Stock driver has five wins in 11 final rounds, including two wins in three final rounds thus far this season, learned that team owner Mike Dzurilla was disbanding Bullet Motorsports for financial reasons. Connolly then spent the remaining part of Monday, all of Tuesday and into Wednesday trying to salvage his ride.

Then late Wednesday, Andy and Mark Carrier, owners of Carrier Boyz Racing, which fields the FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster driven by Cory McClenathan and the Autolite XP Super Stock H-Automatic '67 Nova driven by Steve Graham, announced that they had reach an agreement with Dzurilla for a one-race deal to field the Pro Stock car for the Topeka event, after which Carrier Boyz Racing and Dzurilla will continue their negotiations regarding the future of the team and the continued involvement of Carrier Boyz Racing.

So for now, Connolly is concentrating on the job at hand qualifying the Carrier Boyz Racing Chevrolet Cobalt, with power supplied by Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, for the O'Reilly Summer Nationals.

After an afternoon rain delay yesterday, Connolly showed no ill effects of the goings on of early in the week. In the first qualifying session, Connolly covered the Heartland Park Topeka quarter-mile in 6.751 seconds, followed by a 6.735-second pass in Friday's final qualifying run.

Connolly and veteran crew chief and former Pro Stock driver Terry Adams have two additional qualifying opportunities to improve on their current elapsed time of 6.735 seconds when qualify resumes later today.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Terry Adams , Steve Graham , Dave Connolly