Driving a race car is second nature to Dave Connolly.
The Pro Stock driver, who was an accomplished sportsman driver before he turned professional, is pulling double-duty again. Just like he did in Indianapolis, he is driving team owner Victor Cagnazzi’s COPO Camaro Stocker in addition to the IDG-sponsored Pro Stocker.
Connolly, in his sportsman efforts, has performed flawless to this point. He ran a 9.489-second elapsed time during qualifying to qualify No. 1, -1.111 under the CC/Stock Automatic index. Saturday morning, he won his third round race and will race in Sunday’s quarter-finals.
This is just a continuation of Connolly’s driving dominance. He scored a Pro Stock victory in only his third time behind the wheel of a Pro Stocker since last year.
Connolly’s versatility appears seamless when adjusting to the demands of racing various styles of racing vehicle.
“I guess it all goes with the experience of racing so many cars over the years,” explained Connolly. “They are definitely two different kinds of animals. I have one with an automatic which tries to stand on its bumper every time I launch and the other picks up three seconds and 60 miles per hour with a five speed. They are two different kinds of animals.
“I cannot explain how I adapt to them, I just do it.”
In Pro Stock, Connolly qualified No. 8 and will race V. Gaines in the first round.
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