Madison: Kurt Johnson final summary

KJ's Madison Night Race Ends in the Quarterfinals After qualifying second and being one of the quickest and most consistent cars in qualifying, Kurt Johnson looked to successfully defend his Pro Stock win at Sunday's final eliminations of the ...

KJ's Madison Night Race Ends in the Quarterfinals

After qualifying second and being one of the quickest and most consistent cars in qualifying, Kurt Johnson looked to successfully defend his Pro Stock win at Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL. In the first round, things went according to plan, as he eliminated Mark Pawuk.

However, his assignment grew tougher in the second round, as he would face David Connolly. Johnson posted a strong challenge, combining a solid .31 reaction time with the second quickest run of the round at 6.728-seconds, 205.54 mph. Unfortunately, it fell five thousandths of a second shy of overcoming his opponent's starting line advantage, gained through a .014 reaction time, putting a premature end to Johnson's day.

"It was a good, close drag race, but close in the wrong direction. We knew he (Connolly) would be tough, and I had my best light of the weekend at a .031, but he was .014. Looking at his 60-foot time, he did go in a little deep, which hurt his e.t.

"Our ACDelco Cobalt was pretty decent this weekend. We had some engine issues which we were able to solve, qualified second, and finished fifth. That wasn't what we ultimately wanted to do, but it could have been worse. On the positive side, we did gain a little ground on the points leader (Greg Anderson, who lost in the first round), and had a car capable of winning the race. We just came up five thousandths shy at the finish line. We'll lick our wounds, get back to work and go on to Denver."

-j2r

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , David Connolly