Pomona2: Dave Connolly final summary

Connolly earns round two finish in Pomona POMONA, Calif. (February 29, 2004) -- Dave Connolly and the Bullet Motorsports Pro Stock team opened the 2004 season with a respectable round two finish at the rescheduled K&N ...

Connolly earns round two finish in Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (February 29, 2004) -- Dave Connolly and the Bullet Motorsports Pro Stock team opened the 2004 season with a respectable round two finish at the rescheduled K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. Connolly qualified 12th in the tough 16-car field with a 6.798 elapsed time on Saturday and defeated J.R. Carr in Sunday's opening round of eliminations with a 6.818 run. Connolly lost his round two match against Larry Morgan when his Bullet Motorsports Cavalier spun the tires and slowed to a 9.30.

"We struggled with the car all weekend," said Connolly, who at 21 remains the youngest full-time Professional driver on the NHRA tour. "When we were here in Pomona last weekend, everything seemed fine. This weekend, the car was not acting right. We had a hard time getting a grip on the starting line. We made a lot of changes during qualifying and today during eliminations, but have yet to find the problem.

"We ran over 204 miles-per-hour, so I know the horsepower is there, but something in the chassis isn't right," Connolly continued. "Our plan for this week is to test at Speedworld Motorplex in Phoenix on Tuesday and Wednesday and then head over to Firebird Raceway for the next race [the NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, March 5-7]. Once we find the problem, I know we have a car that can qualify in the top half of the field."

In spite of the team's mechanical difficulties, Connolly left Pomona Raceway as the seventh-ranked Pro Stock driver in the NHRA POWERade points standings. In 14 career starts, he has qualified 12 times and has a record of 8-12 in elimination rounds.

"All things considered, I've got nothing to complain about," Connolly continued. "This is still my first full-season in Pro Stock and we're continuing to learn new things every time the car goes down the track. Last year in my rookie season, I wasn't always comfortable in the car. Now, I have a lot more confidence and I think that our results will show that."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , J.R. Carr , Dave Connolly