Dallas: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

Starting 12th, KJ Has His Work Cut Out for Him in Dallas On the outside, Kurt Johnson's qualifying effort at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX would seem to be both a productive and constructive effort. After all, his ACDelco ...

Starting 12th, KJ Has His Work Cut Out for Him in Dallas

On the outside, Kurt Johnson's qualifying effort at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX would seem to be both a productive and constructive effort. After all, his ACDelco Cobalt bettered its time in each of its first three attempts, culminating with his 6.703-second time in Saturday's morning session, good enough for twelfth on Sunday's starting grid. In addition, his 206.51 mph top speed, recorded on that same run, was the fourth fastest effort among the 23 Pro Stock Cars making an attempt.

Despite these positive results, Johnson's optimism was tempered by the knowledge that further improvement would be necessary in order to challenge for the win. Therefore, within moments after the conclusion of qualifying, he immediately got to work on determining what adjustments would be made prior to the first round on Sunday.

"Although we're certainly happy to have qualified, we're still not running the way we should, most notably in the first three gears. I thought we would run a little quicker in this morning's session than we did, but even so, we were in the slightly slower lane and still missed being in the top half of the field by only five thousandths.

"However, overlaying our runs, they all look the same, which in this case is not good, so we know we need to make a major change for tomorrow. Fortunately, lane choice shouldn't be a factor, assuming there aren't a lot of oil downs in the fuel classes before us. The bottom line is that we have our work cut out for us tomorrow, so we're going to get to work and see what we can do."

-credit: j2r

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