Norwalk: Dave Connolly final report

Connolly Gains Some Ground in Quarterfinal Finish at Norwalk. Dave Connolly defeated Warren Johnson in Sunday's first round of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals and moved closer to 10th place in NHRA's Pro Stock top 10, but his five-round...

Connolly Gains Some Ground in Quarterfinal Finish at Norwalk.

Dave Connolly defeated Warren Johnson in Sunday's first round of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals and moved closer to 10th place in NHRA's Pro Stock top 10, but his five-round win streak at his hometown track ended in the quarterfinals.

Connolly  never trailed against Johnson and drove to the win in 6.701 seconds
-- his  quickest run of the weekend -- to a 6.715.
But Justin  Humphreys threw a roadblock into Connolly's plans with a time of
6.716 at 204.54  to a 6.729 at 205.79 for the Cagnazzi Racing Charter
Communications/LifeLock  Chevy Cobalt.

"Things didn't turn out as well as we hoped," said Connolly, from nearby Elyria, Ohio. "We did get by Warren but we dropped the ball in the second round. We controlled our own destiny and lost an opportunity to put points between us and Humphreys."

"We didn't make a good run," said crew chief Tommy Utt.

Connolly remains 11th  with 480 points while Johnson has 554 with six races
remaining in what is NHRA's  18-event regular season.  Humphreys, who was
recently passed Connolly, lost  in the semifinals and now has 462 points.
Up next is the  traditional Western Swing.  It begins at Denver, July 11-13,
moves to  Seattle (July 18-20) where he is the defending champion, and
concludes at  Sonoma, Calif. (July 25-27).

Connolly had a semifinal finish in Super Comp.

-credit: cgr

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