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KJ Works to Hit the Jackpot in Las Vegas ACDelco crew targets successful defense of 2006 SummitRacing.com Nationals title Sugar Hill, Ga.-- Throughout the first four races of the 2007 POWERade Drag racing season, Kurt Johnson and his ...

KJ Works to Hit the Jackpot in Las Vegas
ACDelco crew targets successful defense of 2006 SummitRacing.com Nationals title

Sugar Hill, Ga.-- Throughout the first four races of the 2007 POWERade Drag racing season, Kurt Johnson and his ACDelco Cobalt Racing team have worked tirelessly to establish the consistency necessary to win on a regular basis. There have been glimpses of their tremendous potential, such as their winning performance in Phoenix in February. However, Johnson knows that in order to challenge for this year's championship, such strong showings must be the rule rather than the exception.

Fortunately, coming into this weekend's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, NV, the second-generation racer is confident they have gotten a firm handle on their race car, and arrives in the Nevada desert determined to repeat their winning performance from this race a year ago.

"If you really want to know the truth, we were just trying to get our odds up coming into Vegas," joked Johnson. "In all seriousness, things were happening with our race car through the first few races that hurt our performance. It's taken some time, but we have been working to not only find out what to fix, but to also see what we needed to do to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

"As a result, we've gone over every inch of this ACDelco Cobalt several times. We know what went wrong in Gainesville and in Houston, and have addressed both issues. We made a few test runs in Atlanta last week, and believe everything should be working perfectly this weekend. I'm just as confident as I was coming off the win in Phoenix. We're ready to start swinging for the fences again, seeing if we can hit a home run, and win someone a trip to Las Vegas courtesy of ACDelco."

In only its seventh year on the NHRA tour, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has firmly established itself as one of the crown jewels of the drag racing world and a favorite of both the racers and fans. This magnificent facility has also entrenched itself at the top of Kurt's personal list, as evidenced by his two wins and five final round appearances in his last eight races in the Silver State.

"Las Vegas has been very good to the ACDelco Cobalt crew," said Johnson. "The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the very best facilities we race on, as are all the racetracks owned by Bruton Smith. The racing surface is pretty smooth, the pit area is completely paved and they take excellent care of it. When you combine that with its location in the shadow of the entertainment capital of the world, you come up with a fun place to race. It's shaping up to be a great weekend, and we're ready to waltz down the boulevard."

-credit: j2r

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