Connolly Runs Second-quickest First Round Time, But Falls to Quickest Driver Dave Connolly and Evan Knoll's Torco Racing Fuels/Seelye Wright Automotive Group Chevy Cobalt experienced one of those rare weekends where nothing seemed to go ...
Connolly Runs Second-quickest First Round Time, But Falls to Quickest Driver
Dave Connolly and Evan Knoll's Torco Racing Fuels/Seelye Wright Automotive Group Chevy Cobalt experienced one of those rare weekends where nothing seemed to go right until the first round of eliminations in the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
Things did get better, but it still wasn't enough for Connolly to get past Allen Johnson.
Connolly struggled during qualifying; settling for 15th with an elapsed time of 6.654 seconds at 206.39 mph. Crew chief Tommy Utt made various changes, looking for a combination that could get down the hot, tricky racing surface.
And Connolly did just that, running 6.667 seconds at 206.70 mph to 6.663 at 207.05 mph, only to come up six-thousandths of a second short of the win.
"We struggled, but the good thing was our crew kept their heads up and the whole team worked together and we got our act together," said Connolly, a native of Elyria, Ohio. "We made the second-best run of the session. Unfortunately, we ran up against the guy who had the best run.
"I think we figured out what was wrong with our car and we can go on and put the bad qualifying behind us. If we can continue to run like we have been and I can sharpen up my driving a bit, I know the wins and rounds will come.
"Unfortunately we didn't win a round and there was a lot of money on the line this weekend and we stumbled. It was just one of those things. We straightened up our act and got ready for race day like we always do. Even though we're running badly, the team never got down. We kept working and plugging away and it paid off today with an improvement in our e.t (elapsed time)."
Connolly lost in the first round of Saturday's King Demon Crown event. He and the team will regroup and prepare for the busiest stretch of the year -- six consecutive races, beginning at Englishtown, N.J., June 22-24.