Connolly Continues Good Outing; Starts 7th in Sunday's SuperNationals ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 21, 2008 -- Dave Connolly turned in two more solid Pro Stock qualifying runs in the summer heat at Raceway Park Saturday and will start seventh in...
Connolly Continues Good Outing;
Starts 7th in Sunday's SuperNationals
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 21, 2008 -- Dave Connolly turned in two more solid Pro Stock qualifying runs in the summer heat at Raceway Park Saturday and will start seventh in Sunday's Lucas Oil SuperNationals. And it indicates the changes made to the new Charter Communications/LifeLock Chevy Cobalt are working.
Modifications were implemented over the past two weeks and crew chief Tommy Utt did the tweaking that led to Connolly's quickest qualifying run of 6.627 seconds at 208.36 mph on Friday. Saturday's run of 6.631 at 206.04 mph was the second quickest of the session. He was timed in 6.650 seconds on the day' s second lap.
It sets up a rematch against Greg Stanfield (10th, 6.628 at 207.85) in the opening round of eliminations. They met in the first round at Joliet, Ill., two weeks ago. Connolly's then-finicky race car experienced traction trouble at the starting line, giving Stanfield an easy win -- just his third in 17 races against Connolly.
"We are getting better," Connolly said. "We tried some things on the second run and found out what the car liked better. Now that Tommy has two cars -- mine and (Cagnazzi Racing teammate) Ron Krisher's -- that are both acting the same we can learn from that. He can find out what the cars like and don't like and he can play around with different setups. I think that is going help in the near future.
"Right now the car feels like it has a good (tuning) window and it is acting good. Hopefully it will have something for Sunday now."
Connolly goes into race day 12th in NHRA POWERade series points and needing some round wins to continue his climb toward the top 10.