Topeka: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

A Consistent KJ Qualifies Ninth in Topeka Kurt Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday, capturing the ninth starting position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Summernationals in Topeka, KS. In each of his...

A Consistent KJ Qualifies Ninth in Topeka

Kurt Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday, capturing the ninth starting position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Summernationals in Topeka, KS. In each of his first three runs, Johnson posted a time that was quick enough to qualify, with his 6.833-second, 201.91 mph effort on Friday evening being his run of record.

With the scorching temperatures and strong headwind on Saturday preventing any major changes in Sunday's starting line-up, Johnson took advantage of his two attempts to work on his hot weather tune-up as he looks to score his first national event win at Heartland Park Topeka.

"We're pleased, but know we need to pick it up for tomorrow. It's a good thing anytime you can make it down the racetrack four times in qualifying without problems. It's given us a good baseline, letting us see where we are running compared to our competitors.

"Our ACDelco Cobalt has actually been telling us what's going on. It's shown us that it hasn't been a car problem, it's a clutch problem, so we'll go with what we know works tomorrow. We'll make the suspension the best that the car has been, using a combination we won races with and adjust the clutch accordingly.

"We have a few changes to make in the morning, which I think will give us a package capable of running with the front runners. We learned a lot on our four qualifying runs, and now it's time to make it pay off."

-j2r-

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