KB Racing, home of the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line, will gain a fresh perspective with the addition of Pro Stock veteran Dave Connolly for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. Connolly, who most recently tuned Tanner Gray to the 2018 Pro Stock championship, will join the KB Racing “brain trust” and work side-by-side with crew chief Rob Downing.
In addition to Anderson and Line, KB Racing includes the Chevys campaigned by 2017 Pro Stock champion Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, and Fernando Cuadra. All told, KB Racing has a total of eight Mello Yello Series championships and 149 Pro Stock event wins. “Our team is a little different than most of the others in that we operate as one group with everyone working on the same thing,” explained Downing. “Dave will be working with me, Greg, and Jason, and we’ll be working together to make all of the KB Racing cars perform as well as possible. It will be just like it has been, only with an additional person.”
Connolly, who scored 26 NHRA trophies as a driver, was seen as a rival to KB Racing for many years in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category. In fact, Connolly’s first win came over Greg Anderson at Brainerd International Raceway in 2004.
“It’s funny how things happen in the racing world,” said Connolly. “For a while there, if you would have walked through the NHRA pits at any given race, I don’t think you could have found a person that was a fan of both KB Racing and me. It would have been either one or the other. But we always got along great and had a mutual respect for one another. It was quite a ride competing against those guys, and I can tell you that Greg Anderson was the one giving me my lickings when I first started racing Pro Stock.”
“We think Dave will be a great addition to KB Racing,” said 91-time national event winner and four-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson. “He brings a lot of experience to the table, especially these last couple of years as Tanner’s crew chief. We’re excited to have him on board, and we believe he’ll work well with Rob. Rob has run this ship the last 15 years, so it had to be the right fit.”
With the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals just a few days away, Connolly won’t have much of a honeymoon period. The race begins Thursday, February 7, at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.