Connolly gets sponsor to go for Stock championship


Drag racer and crew chief Dave Connolly will contest the national Stock Eliminator championship this year after inking a major sponsorship deal with Berger Chevrolet and its online parts division,

Connolly will be driving and tuning the stunning 2012 COPO Camaro he recently raced to a strong semifinal finish at the 4-Wide NHRA Nationals, which sported a “Grumpy’s Toy” tribute paint scheme. A salute to Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Connolly’s mentor, will remain on the car, taking up new residence on the rear fenders.

Connolly will not only race in at least seven points meets, but he’ll also take part in a series of shootout events against other COPO Camaros, Ford Mustangs and Dodge Chargers.

Connolly has tentatively scheduled the following events: the Div. 2 race, May 23-26, in Commerce, Ga.; the Toyota Summernationals, May 30-June 2, in Englishtown, N.J.; the Div. 3 race, June 7-9, in Chicago; the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals, June 14-16, in Bristol, Tenn.; the O’Reilly Route 66 Nationals, June 27-30, in Chicago; the Summit Nationals, July 4-7, in Norwalk, Ohio; the U.S. Nationals, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, In Indianapolis; the Div. 5 race, Sept. 5-8, in Earlville, Iowa; the NHRA Nationals, Sept. 13-14, in Charlotte; and the Div. 2 race, Oct. 11-13, in Reynolds, Ga. (photo courtesy Cagnazzi Racing)