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Power infusion could help return Connolly to winner's circle
"He doesn't have blood in his veins; he has ice in his veins when it comes to racing," the veteran crew chief said. "He's good."
Fifty races into his NHRA career, Connolly has built a reputation for his rapid reaction times. First off the starting line, the kid from
"We have problems under the hood," said Connolly, "and that hasn't been an issue for this team in a long time. Every team goes through it, it's just a shame it happened on the western swing. These are big races for us."
Last year, Connolly capitalized on the NHRA's traditional stops in
This year, he has a second at
Lack of horsepower has muted Connolly's early charge that produced two victories, one second and his first series points lead. He has been to six finals in 14 of the 23 2005 events.
One of engine builder Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins' power plants was shipped to his Malvern,
"With a few days at the shop, maybe Grump and his guys will be able to find more power and get the motor back to us in time for Sonoma," said Connolly. "Anything's possible."
Connolly qualified 15th at
"Racing is definitely an up-and-down sport," added Connolly, who won three times and finished third in points in 2004. "This is a lot more fun when it's up."
He's currently fifth in points with 930.
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