The opportunity was too good to fritter away, so crew chief Terry Adams did some testing last Saturday. Dave Connolly made two runs in the SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Chevrolet Cobalt and Adams noted the team learned something from it all. It was...
The opportunity was too good to fritter away, so crew chief Terry Adams did some testing last Saturday.
Dave Connolly made two runs in the SKULL GEAR Pro Stock Chevrolet Cobalt and Adams noted the team learned something from it all. It was unusual because the runs came during qualifying for last week's POWERade Series race at Joliet, Ill.
'Usually that's not something you want to do,' said Connolly, 'but with back-to-back races coming up, Terry wanted to take advantage of it.'
With changing weather conditions negating any improved performances, Adams was able to gather the valuable computer data he intends to use again, possibly as early as this weekend, when the rescheduled O'Reilly Fall Nationals unfolds at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas, Oct. 7-9.
'We found out some things,' said Adams. 'We feel better about going to Dallas now.'
Connolly comes to the 21st of 23 2005 races following a semifinal finish, one that occurred because he is one of the best drivers in Pro Stock. Twice Connolly ran slower elapsed times and twice he won rounds Sunday by being quicker off the starting line. That boosted his hole-shot victories to 12 this year, almost half of his round-win total of 27.
'His performance was another example of Dave Connolly taking nothing and making something out of it,' praised Adams.
With the knowledge accumulated, Adams hopes to give Connolly a ride he can drive into the winner's circle for the second straight year. Connolly's third of five career victories came at the Motorplex last year. He won three times in 2004 and claimed two wins and finished second twice in the first five races this season.
The title aspirations that were fueled by those early performances have vanished like the summer sun. Connolly comes to the Dallas area in fifth place with 1199 points, and it appears that's where he's going to finish. He's 236 points ahead of the sixth place driver and about the same behind No. 4 Jason Line.
'We're improving,' said Connolly. 'It's great to go back to a track where we did really good last year.'
He'd like to recapture some of that winning feeling when Sunday rolls around.