Dallas: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

KJ Moves Up, Will Start Fifth in Dallas The second day of qualifying for the O'Reiily Fall Nationals proved to be quite a challenge for both racers and fans. For example, just as the third qualifying session was about to get underway on ...

KJ Moves Up, Will Start Fifth in Dallas

The second day of qualifying for the O'Reiily Fall Nationals proved to be quite a challenge for both racers and fans. For example, just as the third qualifying session was about to get underway on Saturday afternoon, a fast-moving storm drenched the Texas Motorplex. This not only delayed activities for over two hours, but also radically changed the atmospheric conditions, sending teams scrambling to make wholesale changes in their tune-ups.

The delay also impacted the final session, which was pushed back to the early evening. As a result, conditions were the best of the weekend, with the elapsed time required to qualify lowered by fifteen hundredths of second from the previous round.

Starting the day in the seventh position, Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team responded to the challenge, bettering their time with each pass. After posting a 6.763-second time in his afternoon attempt, the second-generation racer completed his qualifying effort in impressive fashion, blasting through the quarter-mile in 6.724-seconds at 204.91 mph to capture the fifth starting position.

"We're happy to qualify -- that is what it is all about. It was a pretty solid effort by the ACDelco Cobalt crew. Everyone's playing hardball right now, and we went through such a wide range of track, air and power conditions that made it even tougher. However, it's tough for everybody, so we stayed focused, did what we needed to take our best shot, and got ourselves in the five hole.

"Naturally, we would have liked to be No. 1, but that didn't happen. However, we made four decent runs compared to everyone else, and moved up from tenth to seventh to fourth and then fifth. We're going to try and calm it down for tomorrow, because it's a little violent right now. I really think we can go faster, but tomorrow, it will be a matter of getting down the track four times, with everyone from the driver, the car and the crew doing their jobs. It's time to have a little fun."

-credit: j2r

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