Topeka: Dave Connolly Saturday notes

Connolly Runs Quicker Saturday, Stays No.1 for Summer Nationals TOPEKA, Kansas, May 31, 2008 -- Dave Connolly continued to run well at Heartland Park Topeka Saturday, earning the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's O'Reilly Summer Nationals,...

Connolly Runs Quicker Saturday, Stays No.1 for Summer Nationals

TOPEKA, Kansas, May 31, 2008 -- Dave Connolly continued to run well at Heartland Park Topeka Saturday, earning the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's O'Reilly Summer Nationals, just his sixth since moving into NHRA Pro Stock competition in mid-2003.

Connolly drove the Charter Communications/LifeLock Chevy to its best quarter-mile run of 6.720 seconds at 204.51 mph in the day's first session, supplanting Cagnazzi Racing teammate Ron Krisher's 6.723. Krisher finished second. Connolly's 6.755-second effort in second session when conditions weren't as desirable was third-quickest.

"Topeka has always been a good track for us," Connolly said. "We've been in the finals here in the last three years (winning in 2006). We know we have a good car; it's the best it's been since we brought it out (three races ago). It keeps responding to the changes we are making. It was an incredible day for Cagnazzi Racing to finish (qualifying) first and second.

"It should be an exciting day for Pro Stock Sunday. The track has been good for all four sessions and there's not a major difference in the lanes so it should make for some tight racing."

His first low qualifier award came in 2004 at Memphis and his second was at Bristol in 2005. He added three more last year (Seattle, Las Vegas 2 and Pomona 2).

-credit: cr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Krisher , Dave Connolly