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Connolly intent on resuming hot performances at Sonoma
Such was the scenario Dave Connolly found himself in Sunday in
Connolly had been the hottest driver in drag racing’s most competitive category during that time, climbing from a distant in NHRA POWERade Series points before a hot, slippery track and a broken engine relegated him to the spectator category after a 7.131-second run.
Now the lucky part for the 23-year-old driver from
A very rare case of an upset epidemic affected the top seven drivers in points as they all checked out after the first round and the point battle remained status quo.
Connolly didn’t wait long to expunge the memory of opportunity.
“It’s behind us now,” he said as he drove down Interstate 5 Monday, heading for
Connolly had not lost in the opening round in the first seven races since Tommy Utt was named crew chief. This time, however, the engine dropped a valve and the engine quit running.
Engine builder Victor Cagnazzi’s engine shop in
“I have confidence in Victor guys in the engine shop,” added Connolly. “I know they will be working hard to get us a good motor in time for Friday’s qualifying sessions.”
Connolly’s 19-5 round record with Utt after eight races is enviable. He has a lot of time to close ground on the leaders. Nine races and 36 rounds of racing remain.
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