NHRA: Connolly to Aid Gray in Quest for Countdown During Atlanta’s Southern Nationals

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ATLANTA — official team release — Gray Motorsports photo — Having lost his NHRA Top Fuel ride with Bob Vandergriff Racing in early April, Dave Connolly will assist his friend Shane Gray with the performance of the Valvoline/Nova Services Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Atlanta Dragway, returning to the Pro Stock category — where he is a 26-time winner — …

NHRA: The Hot Streak Continues; Beckman Rockets to Seattle Qualifying Lead Alongside Connolly and Coughlin

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KENT, Wash.  — official series release — NHRA photo — Jack Beckman continued his hot streak in Funny Car by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. Dave Connolly (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) also were quickest in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Seattle, the final of …

NHRA: Vandergriff to Retire; Taps Connolly and Dixon for Two-Car Top Fuel Effort in 2015

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — official release — NHRA photo — Bob Vandergriff Jr. will step away from driving in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2015 and will transition solely into the owner’s seat with a pair of dragsters driven by three-time Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and 25-time NHRA Pro Stock winner Dave Connolly. The two Bob Vandergriff …

NHRA: Connolly Peaking at Perfect Time as Countdown Heads to Reading

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MOHNTON, Pa. — official release — NHRA photo — The goal for every team in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is to peak at the perfect time, which means during the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for everyone chasing a world title. After building up to it all season, nobody has done a better job of that in …

NHRA: Force-Power; Courtney Closes as Brown, Connolly and Savoie Also Take Home St. Louis Wins

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MADISON, Ill. — official release — NHRA photo — Courtney Force raced to her second consecutive Funny Car victory in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis …

NHRA: Schumacher Doubles Down; Courtney Force, Connolly and Hines Also Win in Texas

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ENNIS, Texas – official release — NHRA photo — Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster team are rounding into championship form as he raced to his second victory in as many days, this time winning the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday at Texas Motorplex. Courtney Force (Funny Car) Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock …

NHRA: Connolly Setting Sights on Fourth U.S. Nationals Triumph

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INDIANAPOLIS – official release — NHRA photo — Long before Dave Connolly got behind the wheel of a Pro Stock car, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series star knew the importance of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. With three career Pro Stock victories at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Connolly has also managed to put his own name into …

NHRA: Old Faves Score in New England; Schumacher, Capps, Connolly, and Smith Win at Epping

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EPPING, N.H. — official release — NHRA photo — Ron Capps raced to his first victory of the season in Funny Car Sunday at the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals. Capps’ Dodge Charger defeated runner-up Alexis DeJoria with a 4.095-second run at 315.19 mph to claim the 41st victory of his career in Funny Car. It was his first finals appearance …

NHRA: Connolly accepts challenge like a Pro on race day in Phoenix

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February 27, 2014 — team report — photo courtesy Dave Connolly — CHANDLER, AZ — Pro Stock competitor Dave Connolly has a reputation as a notoriously quick leaver. In drag racing, that’s a very powerful tool, and the Mooresville, N.C.-based driver had his not-so-secret weapon on full display on Sunday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports …