Connolly, Adams Work Hard to End SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Team's Slow Start If anyone had suggested two months ago that Dave Connolly would not win a Pro Stock elimination round in the first three POWERade Series races, it would have been ...
Connolly, Adams Work Hard to End SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Team's Slow Start
If anyone had suggested two months ago that Dave Connolly would not win a Pro Stock elimination round in the first three POWERade Series races, it would have been dismissed with a "that's not likely to happen" reply.
Now, with the fourth event looming this weekend -- the O'Reilly Spring Nationals, March 31-April 1-2, at Houston Raceway Park -- the reality of that scenario finds Connolly and Terry Adams determined to exorcise the causes of the slow on-track performances.
"We have no where to go but up," Connolly said of the start that definitely has not met expectations.
"We need to get better real soon -- like at Houston," added Adams, crew chief of the Evan Knoll-owned SKULL GEAR Chevy Cobalt. "We are at the bottom right now. We need to start going up."
The pair believes the team will be able to reverse this trend and fans will begin to see Connolly winning rounds and races.
"We tested at Gainesville (Fla., March 20 and 22) and made several changes to our new Cobalt and it responded, so we'll take what we learned to Houston," commented Adams. "You can make a lot of horsepower in Houston because the air (atmospheric conditions) is good and the race track can be dynamite under the right conditions."
Connolly, who advanced to the semifinals at Houston last year, arrives with 72 series points, putting him 18th overall. He has five race wins in 13 final rounds in his 62-race Pro Stock career. He finished third in 2004 and fifth in 2005.
"I know we have a car that can run at the top of the page," said Connolly. "I'm confident we can work our way up from here on out. Terry and the crew are working hard to get everything right. No one said Pro Stock racing would be easy."
It isn't. For example, Connolly's best qualifying run of 6.712-seconds at Gainesville was one-hundredth of a second behind No. 16, but four cars were between him and the last qualifier.
"We have 20 races to go and we need to get something started," Adams said. "We know our new car (that debuted at Gainesville, March 17) is running better. We made headway during the test session."
The Spring Nationals is the first of two successive races. The team moves to Las Vegas next week for the SummitRacing.com Nationals , April 6-9, and Connolly is the defending Pro Stock champion.