Dallas: Kurt Johnson Friday notes

Kurt Johnson ends first day at NHRA Fall Nationals qualified sixth ENNIS, Tex., Sept. 25, 2009 -- ACDelco's Kurt Johnson continues to stay on the steady pace he set last weekend in Charlotte, and today's strong first-day showing during time...

Kurt Johnson ends first day at NHRA Fall Nationals qualified sixth

ENNIS, Tex., Sept. 25, 2009 -- ACDelco's Kurt Johnson continues to stay on the steady pace he set last weekend in Charlotte, and today's strong first-day showing during time trials at the 24th annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex has the veteran Pro Stock competitor qualified in the No. 6 position.

Johnson's ACDelco Chevrolet laid down a 6.642 e.t. at 208.42 mph during round one of Friday qualifying and then came back in the evening session with an improved 6.639-second run at 208.42 mph.

"Both runs were definitely smooth but we still have work to do," Johnson said. "We're not the fastest but we're in the top six and the consistency is there. It's good to not worry about the car. We can let the clutch out and it goes straight down the track. That's what we have right now; we just have to tune on it and see if we can get the ACDelco Chevrolet set up for tomorrow morning."

Johnson and the rest of the Pro Stock class are now looking ahead to Saturday's morning session which many feel may be the best qualifying opportunity of the weekend.

"It will be a little bit better," Johnson said. "If we make a good hit there's no reason why we can't be in the top three or four. We'll try to make a move and gain some more points."

Johnson has three wins and has competed in five final rounds at the Texas Motorplex. He defeated Warren Johnson in the finals of the 1993 event, Robert Patrick in the championship round in 1995 and Jeg Coughlin in 2000. He was runner-up to Jim Yates in 1996 and to Mike Edwards at the discontinued spring contest in 1998. He was No. 1 qualifier at the Fall Nationals in '97 and at the spring race in 2000. Johnson enters this year's Fall Nationals in seventh place in the Full Throttle standings.

"I'm excited about racing in Dallas," Johnson said. "It makes it a lot easier when you're not making major changes on the race car. All you have to do is make sure you get the gearing and the clutch right, and make sure it goes straight. I'm definitely fired up about the fact we're running fast again."

-credit: jjr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Robert Patrick , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Mike Edwards