Richmond: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

Career Best Speed & E.T. Propel KJ to Fourth in Richmond Competitors arriving at Virginia Motorsports Park for the second day of qualifying at the Virginia NHRA Nationals were greeted by nearly perfect conditions, with the combination of ...

Career Best Speed & E.T. Propel KJ to Fourth in Richmond

Competitors arriving at Virginia Motorsports Park for the second day of qualifying at the Virginia NHRA Nationals were greeted by nearly perfect conditions, with the combination of 70-degree temperatures, low humidity and a tremendous racing surface producing the quickest field in the history of the Pro Stock category. As a result, the 23 racers attempting to qualify found themselves having to make their best runs of the season just to gain a spot in Sunday's starting field.

Entering the day's action in the thick of the POWERade championship battle, ACDelco Cobalt racer Kurt Johnson quickly assured his participation in final eliminations, posting the two quickest times and fastest passes of his stellar career. After opening with a quick 6.576 second, 210.11 mph run in the morning session, he picked up the pace even further on his final attempt, covering the quarter-mile in 6.559-seconds, which was second quickest in the class for that session, and good enough for the fourth starting position. This marks the 18th time in this season's 22 races that the second-generation racer has earned a Top Five starting spot.

"We were off a little this morning using a new combination, so we decided to go back to our proven set-up in our ACDelco Cobalt for the final session. Fortunately, we were able to run that 6.55, which considering we had fallen back to 11th, was huge. Not only did it move us up to the fourth spot, but it also gained us a few points at a time of year when every one matters. With that out of the way, we're now focused on going rounds tomorrow -- that's what it's all about."

-credit: j2r

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