Sonoma: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

KJ Captures the 10th Starting Spot in Sonoma As Kurt Johnson rolled his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt to the line on Saturday morning for his third qualifying attempt at Infineon Raceway, he faced the unenviable task of having to reinsert himself in the...

KJ Captures the 10th Starting Spot in Sonoma

As Kurt Johnson rolled his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt to the line on Saturday morning for his third qualifying attempt at Infineon Raceway, he faced the unenviable task of having to reinsert himself in the starting line-up for the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals, having been bumped out a few moments before. In addition, with temperatures forecast to climb for the remainder of the day, he knew this might be his only realistic chance to earn a spot on Sunday's final eliminations ladder.

Responding to the challenge, Johnson quickly allayed any concerns about his participation on race day, with his 6.648-second, 208.04 mph pass earning the Georgia racer the tenth starting position. Although relieved to have made the field, KJ knew there was still work to be done in order for his team to challenge for their second Sonoma win.

"Although we're pleased to have secured a spot for our ACDelco Cobalt in Sunday's field, it still isn't running as well as we'd like it to so we have to figure out what is going wrong and fix it. For some reason, the same set-up we used a week ago to qualify third was only good enough for tenth here.

"Even though this morning's run was good enough to get us in the show, there was certainly a couple hundredths left in it, which we have to get out, and they're all in the front half. It's running well in the back half, so if we can get it to perform in the early part of the run, we should be in good shape. We'll go over our notes, evaluate our options, come up with a game plan, and let her fly."

-credit: j2r

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