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Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
Seattle, WA
(July 21-23)

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Dave Connolly
Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro

Connolly caught up in wave of upsets

Seattle, Sunday: Dave Connolly was one of seven NHRA  Pro Stock top 10 drivers caught up in a  tidal wave of upsets in the opening  round of Sunday’s Schuck’s Auto Supply  Nationals at Pacific  Raceways.

Connolly, starting from the No. 7 position, never had a  chance to challenge  Warren Johnson because the engine in the Skull Gear Chevy  Cobalt expired  early in the quarter-mile run on another unseasonably hot summer  day.  Connolly  coasted through in 7.131 seconds at 159.01 mph behind  Johnson’s 6.767 at  204.76 mph.

“We dropped a valve and blew the  motor,” said the dejected Connolly.  “We  have to ship it to North Carolina  (to engine builder Victor Cagnazzi’s shop in  Mooresville) and get it  fixed.  We hate to waste an opportunity to go rounds  and make up ground on  Jason (Line, the POWERade Series leader) and Greg  (Anderson, second in  points).”

Connolly remains third with 879 points. Anderson has 910  and Line 935.

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