Dave Connolly
  • Date of birth:
    January 21, 1983
  • Hometown:
    Elyria, Ohio
  • Sponsor/Car:
    C&J Energy Services dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Jason McCulloch/Ron Douglas
  • Career Wins: 30
    PS: 26 Sports: 4
  • Career Final Rounds: 56
    TF: 3 PS: 46 Sports: 7
  • Career Best E.T.:
  • Career Best Speed:
Career Highlights
  • 2015: Switched from Pro Stock to Top Fuel class as driver for Bob Vandergriff Racing; 2015: Raced to first final round in Top Fuel in Sonoma losing to Antron Brown; Raced to three runner-up finishes; Earned first No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel at Dallas; Qualified for the Countdown to the Championship
  • 2014: Raced to three Pro Stock victories during the season; posted two Pro Stock runner-up finishes; was the No. 1 qualifier at the event in Gainesville; qualifed for the Countdown to the Championship
  • 2013: Served as tuner for Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens
  • 2012: Won the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis; reached three final-round appearances in Houston, Indy and Reading; serves as co-crew chief for Pro Stock car driver Erica Enders
  • 2011: Reached Pro Stock final round at Charlotte 1; served as crew chief of Pro Stock car driven by Erica Enders for most of the season
  • 2010: Won Pro Stock title in Reading; won Gainesville divisional in Super Gas; won the Norwalk and Mid-Michigan divisionals in Top Dragster; runner-up in Top Dragster final at SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose; won first national hosted for Top Dragster at Charlotte
  • 2008: Made it to eight final rounds after missing the first five races of the season due to lack of sponsorship; Recorded career best time
  • 2007: Competed in inaugural Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1; His five wins in a row from Reading, Pa. through Richmond, Va. tied for second with most consecutive wins in Pro Stock; Posted career-best time and speed; Finished in POWERade Series top five for fourth consecutive year
  • 2006: Tied his top career POWERade Series points performance with third-place finish; Earned four victories in seven final-round appearances; Posted career-best time and speed; Finished in POWERade Series top five for third consecutive year
  • 2005: Opened up the season with a win at Pomona, earned second win of the season at Las Vegas 1; Posted career-best speed; Finished in POWERade top five for second consecutive year; Won King Demon Crown bonus event for Pro Stock after finishing second in 2004
  • 2004: Earned first career national event victory in Brainerd – the first of three season victories; Made a career-high eight final round appearances; Recorded career-best performance numbers; Earned first No. 1 qualifying award (Memphis); One of only two drivers to beat champion Greg Anderson in a final-round match-up; Runner-up in King Demon Crown bonus event for Pro Stock
  • 2003: Qualified for 11 of 13 events in which he competed; established career-best numbers for time and speed
  • 2002: Earned NHRA Division 3 Super Gas championship
  • 1999: Top E.T. Bracket Finals champion

  • Marital status: Single
  • Height/weight: 6´, 200 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Bowling and shooting pool
  • Earned NHRA Division 3 Super Gas championship
  • Social Media: @dconnolly_tf, Twitter; Dave Connolly, Facebook