St. Louis: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

Career-Best E.T. & Speed Propel KJ to Fifth Starting Spot in St. Louis Despite entering the final day of qualifying at the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL in the second position, ACDelco Cobalt racer Kurt Johnson felt his spot in ...

Career-Best E.T. & Speed Propel KJ to Fifth Starting Spot in St. Louis

Despite entering the final day of qualifying at the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL in the second position, ACDelco Cobalt racer Kurt Johnson felt his spot in Sunday's final eliminations field was still in doubt. After all, with unseasonably cool temperatures enveloping Gateway International Raceway, the naturally aspirated Pro Stock contingent would enjoy the best atmospheric conditions of the season, with elapsed times expected to plummet by several hundredths of a second across the board.

Fortunately Johnson quickly allayed any concerns about his participation on race day by making the quickest and fastest pass of his illustrious career, tripping the finish-line timers in 6.598-seconds with a top speed of 209.39 mph, earning the fifth starting position. Having established a solid launching point, KJ looked to use what he learned on Saturday towards having a productive day on Sunday.

"With conditions changing the way they did, we knew we would have to make some major adjustments to the ACDelco Cobalt. Unfortunately, we only had two prior runs to tune from, with one coming earlier this year in Valdosta (GA), and the other from last year's ACDelco Gatornationals. I guess you could say we got by.

"We did try to get after it a little on this last run, but we were still conservative, and as a result, it was a little soft. However, I believe we have a combination that might be just what we need for tomorrow, so we're optimistic about our chances.

"If the forecast holds, tomorrow's conditions should be right between the last two days, putting it in the 1,200-1,400 foot elevation range, as opposed to the 550-900 foot we saw today, and, after all, we tune off the air. In any case, we have all the parts we need to race, and we plan to use them tomorrow."

-credit: j2r

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