Pomona: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

A Solid KJ Will Start Third in Pomona Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team were the picture of consistency during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, CA, with their 6.644-second pass on Saturday morning...

A Solid KJ Will Start Third in Pomona

Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team were the picture of consistency during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, CA, with their 6.644-second pass on Saturday morning capturing the third starting position for Sunday's final eliminations.

Posting three runs in the 6.64-second range and one 6.66-second attempt on Saturday afternoon, the red, white and blue crew earned the NHRA's Full Throttle Award for this event, which is given to the most consistent and highest qualified car throughout the qualifying procedure.

Although naturally pleased with his team's performance at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and the progress they had made in such a short time with their new car, with a top starting position assured, KJ's focus immediately turned towards winning his second Winternationals title.

"Our new ACDelco Cobalt has been pretty fast right out of the box, but It all comes down to learning what it needs. We only have 19 runs on it after qualifying, and with each run down the track we find out more about its tuning window.

"For example, the atmospheric conditions and racetrack we ran on this afternoon were the worst we had ever faced. We were a little conservative, leaving it pretty much alone, as we had run 6.64 in similar conditions yesterday and felt we were in the running for the Full Throttle award. However, the track was probably a little better than we thought it would be, and as a result our tune-up was a little soft.

"Even so, we learned that we need to get after it for tomorrow, putting some clutch in it, and making things happen. I need to do my job on the tree, and we need to go from A to B. We need it all. Certainly, we're pleased to make four runs in qualifying within two hundredths of each other, and to take home the Full Throttle award, but now we're ready to win the race."

-credit: j2r

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