NHRA Carolinas Nationals
Connolly loses close race in Countdown to 1 opener
Charlotte, Sunday: It took Dave Connolly and crew chief Tommy Utt about as much time to dissect their disappointing opening-round loss Sunday in the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway as it did for Connolly and the Charter Communications/Lucas Oil Chevy Cobalt to travel the 1320 feet.
"We didn't make a good enough run. That's just the way it is," said Utt.
"I didn't do a very good job -- I had a bad start and we made a bad run and you can't expect to win with that," said Connolly, who began the day sixth in Countdown to 1. "I'm disappointed that I didn't do my job."
The setback dropped Connolly to seventh place in the playoffs with 2,052 points with five races remaining.
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