Connolly inches into top 10 after holeshot win at Sonoma

Dave Connolly missed the first five races because he didn't have a sponsor. Look at him now. After beating teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. on a holeshot in Sunday's Pro Stock final, Connolly is back in a big way, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: July 29, 2008, 12:39 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

Last year, Dave Connolly won five consecutive NHRA POWERade national events but missed winning his first Pro Stock championship.

This year, Connolly missed the first five NHRA POWERade national events but now is in position to pick up that breakthrough title.

At the tender age of 25, Connolly has packed a ton of drag-racing experience into his NHRA résumé, and following his impressive victory Sunday in the 21st FRAM-Autolite Nationals at Infineon ...

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