Memphis: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

KJ Captures the No. 1 Starting Position in Memphis On the basis of a 6.787-second, 202.85 mph pass made during Friday evening's qualifying session, Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team captured the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's...

KJ Captures the No. 1 Starting Position in Memphis

On the basis of a 6.787-second, 202.85 mph pass made during Friday evening's qualifying session, Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team captured the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, TN. It was his fourth No. 1 qualifying performance of the season, 27th of his career, and second at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Although the higher temperatures on Saturday prevented any real challenges for the top spot, Johnson showed he was ready for race day by posting one of the quickest passes in each of the two sessions, displaying the consistency needed to go rounds in this highly competitive category.

"Running so much earlier in the day today than we did yesterday, we felt comfortable concentrating on our set-up for race day. However, we did get a little scare in the last session when some cloud cover moved in just before we ran, dropping the track temperature from 138 to 118 degrees, so we have to be prepared tomorrow to watch what happens, as the track temperature will play a major role."

"Fortunately, we were able to make good runs in both lanes with our ACDelco Cobalt, running the low elapsed time in each session yesterday, and then being among the top three in both runs today. The big thing will be making sure we make it from the starting line to the 330-foot mark in good shape."

"It's shaping up to be similar to the race in St. Louis earlier this year. You just have to shoot from the hip, not being scared to go for it, relying on your experience to make it pay off. Basically you have to know your race car and know what it's going to do under those circumstances. As long as it does what you want it to, you're going to be fine, and lately, our ACDelco Cobalt has been cooperating quite nicely. Hopefully, it will keep doing so tomorrow."

-jk

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