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Knowledge has been Power for Kurt Johnson in 2003 ACDelco Pro Stock standout sees experience as primary factor in stellar season SUGAR HILL, GA., September 16, 2003 - One of the most telling indicators of Kurt Johnson's success during the 2003...

Knowledge has been Power for Kurt Johnson in 2003
ACDelco Pro Stock standout sees experience as primary factor in stellar season

SUGAR HILL, GA., September 16, 2003 - One of the most telling indicators of Kurt Johnson's success during the 2003 NHRA POWERade season has been his ability to win on race tracks where victory had previously eluded him. Of the four national event wins logged by Johnson in his ACDelco Cavalier this year, three have marked his first visit to the winner's circle at that particular facility (Gainesville, Bristol and Chicago), with five of his eight final round appearances representing his initial foray to the championship round at that track.

"Our success in 2003 can be attributed to several things," explained Johnson. "First of all, experience has played a big part. As the saying goes, you get smarter as you get older. It comes down to knowing what not to do, and making good decisions based on the data in front of you.

"We've also got a very good handle on our ACDelco Cavalier. We've had this particular chassis for over a year, and know how to adjust it for whatever conditions we may encounter.

"Last, but certainly not least, is the great chemistry on the ACDelco crew. Between myself, Kevin Horst and Joe Cottle, we work to stay on the same page, making the right decisions to get down the track at every race. This combination has worked well for us so far this season, and we look to keep it going this weekend in Memphis."

Johnson's stellar track record will receive a stiff challenge this weekend, as the quarter-mile circuit winds its way to Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, TN for the 16th annual Lucas Oil Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Although he was the runner-up to his father (six-time Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson) at this event in 1998, and the No. 1 qualifier in 1997, the driver best known as "K.J." to his competitors and fans is still looking to leave the Volunteer State with the Pro Stock winner's trophy. However, based on their results to date, Johnson and crew are quietly confident of accomplishing that goal this weekend.

"Memphis is a good track, especially since they put the concrete in and redid the racing surface a few years ago," said Johnson. "It's got a few bumps, but we should be able to negotiate them. The main thing is that, after two races affected by rain, we're just hoping it's dry.

"We've had arguably the quickest car at the last two races, and if we get a couple breaks going our way, things could get pretty interesting. We're only completely happy when we win, so we plan to turn the wick up another notch this weekend. Memphis is known as the barbecue capital of the world, and we plan to do some roasting of our own."

Facts on Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Racing Team entering The O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals:

Kurt is Looking for his First Gold Record in the Music City : This will be Kurt's eleventh appearance at Memphis Motorsports Park, where he has one final round appearance in 1998, and a 10-8 elimination round record, for a .556 winning percentage.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson