Joliet: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

Kurt Johnson Will Start 14th in Joliet One year ago, Kurt Johnson scored a dramatic win at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, starting from the 15th position, and powering through the field to score his fourth win of the 2003 season. Following ...

Kurt Johnson Will Start 14th in Joliet

One year ago, Kurt Johnson scored a dramatic win at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, starting from the 15th position, and powering through the field to score his fourth win of the 2003 season. Following the completion of qualifying, the Georgia driver hopes to repeat history, as his 6.864-second pass, which came with a top speed of 201.76 mph, earned him the 14th starting position for Sunday's final eliminations.

"I had a .007 light in last night's session, so to be safe we changed the clutch linkage around for this morning's run. Unfortunately, when I put it on the chip, I could feel the car creep up on me a little, and by the time I got it straightened out, we had lost about three hundredths in the first sixty feet. After that, it wasn't a bad run, but we couldn't make up for that 1.038 sixty-foot time.

"We need to pick up the performance in the middle of the run, from the 60 to the 330 foot mark. I know what's wrong and how to fix it, but for now, we'll put a basic set-up and power train back in our ACDelco Cavalier, including the engine that took us to the semi-finals in Atlanta, and see how it does. I won from the fifteenth spot last year, so the way I see it, we're already ahead of ourselves!"

-j2r-

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