THE KURT CHRONICLES: Kurt Johnson ACDelco News & Notes for the Lucas Oil Nationals, Reading, Pa., Sept. 13-15 Kurt focuses on human element. Drag racing is a sport that requires a seamless blend of driver and machine. While the emphasis in Pro...
THE KURT CHRONICLES: Kurt Johnson ACDelco News & Notes for the Lucas Oil Nationals, Reading, Pa., Sept. 13-15
Kurt focuses on human element.
Drag racing is a sport that requires a seamless blend of driver and machine. While the emphasis in Pro Stock is often on the hardware that produces horsepower, Pro Stock racer Kurt Johnson is concentrating on the softer side of the sport. A holeshot loss in the first round of eliminations at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals has turned K.J.'s gaze inward.
"The driver simply has to do his job," said Johnson as he prepared both his machine and his mind for this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa. "I have to sharpen my focus at the starting line.
"I'm going to quit thinking about the motor, quit thinking about the car," K.J. continued. "I need to get rid of the distractions, and when the light turns yellow, let out the clutch."
Good reaction times are more than a source of pride for a driver. They're absolutely essential to winning in today's ferocious Pro Stock competition.
"Reaction times are winning races," Kurt noted. "A driver knows when he's on and he knows when he's off. I need to be on my game because everyone else is."
Johnson will have an opportunity to put theory into practice this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway. Kurt has competed nine times in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, scoring three victories. He defeated his father in the final round in 1993 and 2000, and he defeated Mike Edwards in the 1998 final.
"I've won in Reading three times, and I can't wait to go back," said Johnson. "I hope my history there will bring us some luck."