Kurt Johnson Drives to the Semifinals of the Mile-High Nationals After qualifying fourteenth, Kurt Johnson knew he would have his work cut out for him during Sunday's final eliminations of the Mile-High Nationals in Denver, CO. However, the ...
Kurt Johnson Drives to the Semifinals of the Mile-High Nationals
After qualifying fourteenth, Kurt Johnson knew he would have his work cut out for him during Sunday's final eliminations of the Mile-High Nationals in Denver, CO. However, the ACDelco crew quickly showed they were up to the challenge at Bandimere Speedway, as Johnson combined a lightning-fast .021 reaction time with a 7.224-second, 191.21 mph pass to upset No. 3 qualifier Kenny Koretsky in the opening round.
Johnson continued his great driving in the second round, as he left the starting line over seven hundredths of a second ahead of local favorite V. Gaines, and powered through the quarter-mile in 7.246 seconds to overcome his opponent's quicker 7.221-second effort and score the holeshot win.
The final barrier between Johnson and his fifth final round of the season was veteran Larry Morgan. Despite being relegated to the less-preferred lane, Johnson again responded, making his best run of the day at 7.217-seconds with a top speed of 191.48 mph. However, it was not enough to hold off his rival's 7.203-second run, cutting short KJ's pursuit of a third win at Bandimere Speedway.
"We made a pretty marginal run in the second round, with the car chattering throughout second gear, which slowed us to that 7.24, so we made a series of adjustments for the semis. Unfortunately, within 10-15 minutes of our pulling into the staging lanes, the skies clouded up and the track temperature went down twenty degrees. I guess Mother Nature lost my cell phone number, because she never called to warn me not to set up for a hot race track.
"Even so, it wasn't a bad day for the ACDelco crew, especially when you consider we came out of the fourteenth spot. I drove well, and the car was competitive. It probably would have helped to have tested here before the race, but we concentrated instead on our engine program, where I believe we made some gains. The loss of the two qualifying sessions also didn't help.
"But, all in all, we learned a lot, which will allow us to come back here next year even better prepared than we were this year. Any way you look at it, we had a decent day. We'll take this on to Seattle and see if we can complete the deal."