Baytown: Kurt Johnson Friday summary

A Consistent KJ Holds the Third Spot Halfway through Qualifying in Houston Kurt Johnson's primary goal entering the O'Reilly Spring Nationals was to reestablish the consistency that had made his ACDelco Cobalt one of the top contenders in the...

A Consistent KJ Holds the Third Spot Halfway through Qualifying in Houston

Kurt Johnson's primary goal entering the O'Reilly Spring Nationals was to reestablish the consistency that had made his ACDelco Cobalt one of the top contenders in the NHRA's Pro Stock division. Following the opening day of qualifying at Houston Raceway Park, the early indications are that he is headed in the right direction, as he posted two solid passes, with his 6.706-second, 205.54 mph run on Friday evening slotting the second-generation racer in the third position entering Saturday's final time trials.

"Our ACDelco Cobalt has been so good, it's almost like an entirely new race car. It's gone straight, it's staying on the ground, and went .986 in sixty feet tonight. We looked at the data after the first run and figured it needed more gear, while I thought we should get after the carburetors from the seat of my pants. I think we are ready to make a move."

However, Johnson's day was not totally uneventful, as his evening attempt was delayed by an impromptu track drying session, where NHRA officials tried to control water that was seeping to the surface.

"Kevin (car chief Kevin Horst) had been keeping an eye on the track throughout the session, and when he saw two quality cars jump up and act crazy for no apparent reason, he ran out to check. He saw water on the racetrack, and made sure the NHRA took the time to correct the situation. I have to give my crew a lot of credit for taking care of things tonight."

-j2r-

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