Joliet II: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

KJ Will Roll Off Tenth at Route 66 Raceway Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team multi-tasked their way to the tenth starting position at the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals in Joliet, IL. At the same time that they were trying to...

KJ Will Roll Off Tenth at Route 66 Raceway

Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team multi-tasked their way to the tenth starting position at the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals in Joliet, IL. At the same time that they were trying to earn a starting spot in Sunday's field, the crew used their four qualifying attempts to test new set-ups and components in their race car. This produced a best elapsed time of 6.687 seconds and a career-best top speed of 207.30 mph.

Although acknowledging that this multifaceted approach might not be the ideal, Johnson indicated that it was all a part the team's never-ending search for speed as they look to score their second win at Route 66 Raceway.

"We were in a test mode for our first three runs, and although our numbers were certainly respectable, they certainly were not where we wanted them to be. Unfortunately, we're forced to test at a national event because the weather has just not cooperated when we've tried to test elsewhere recently. We know we need to be racing instead of testing, but we need to pick up in the first sixty feet to be competitive, and to do that is just a matter of wearing out parts and pieces.

"We did put our race combination in for our last attempt, and it was decent. We know this set-up will race 6.71's consistently and perhaps a .70 flat, so that is what we will do tomorrow. We're not going to go crazy, we're just going to get the optimum out of what we have to work with here. We're not going to be testing tomorrow -- we're going to be running down the race track, doing what we can to get our ACDelco Cobalt to the finish line first. It's not exactly where we want to be, but we can win with it. We should be fine."

-j2r-

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