Reading: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

Reading: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

KJ Qualifies Third in Reading After posting the quickest time among the 29 Pro Stock entries on Friday at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA, Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team looked to solidify their position ...

KJ Qualifies Third in Reading

After posting the quickest time among the 29 Pro Stock entries on Friday at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA, Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team looked to solidify their position during Saturday's final qualifying sessions. Unfortunately, their progress was slowed by a mechanical problem during the morning session, although they were able to rebound with the third quickest pass in the final qualifying session.

In the end, Johnson's 6.739-second, 204.54 mph pass from Friday evening remained his run of record, earning the second-generation racer the third starting position for Sunday's final eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway.

"We felt we had a car that could hold on to the pole today, but it just didn't pan out. It was on a pretty good lap this morning, but we had some issues that I believe cost us that No. 1 position. Fortunately, it could have been a lot worse, but after replacing a few valve springs and transmission parts, we were good to go. In addition, we were able to get some information from that run to tune on for this afternoon.

"The weather really has not been an issue. In fact, it's a lot like Columbus (Ohio) and Atlanta (Ga.) where we've run in the past. In addition, the track is pretty decent, which makes it a little bit easier.

"The bottom line is that our ACDelco Cobalt is making good, consistent runs, and I'm doing my job driving. I'm pretty confident going in to tomorrow. We're looking forward to going some rounds."

-j2r-

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