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KJ Sees Racing as Best Way to Honor Fallen Star ACDelco Cobalt crew head to Houston Raceway Park saddened yet motivated Sugar Hill, Ga., March 28, 2007 -- By its very nature, the racing world is at its best when there are cars on the track.

KJ Sees Racing as Best Way to Honor Fallen Star
ACDelco Cobalt crew head to Houston Raceway Park saddened yet motivated

Sugar Hill, Ga., March 28, 2007 -- By its very nature, the racing world is at its best when there are cars on the track. Whether making laps at Martinsville or rocketing down the quarter-mile at Houston Raceway Park both racers and fans alike will be happiest when competition resumes this weekend. However, for those involved in the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, TX, there will be a natural reticence due to the tragic events of a week ago, where a testing accident claimed the life of young Funny Car star Eric Medlen.

Although acknowledging a sense of reluctance while preparing for this weekend's event, Kurt Johnson noted an equally strong motivation based the ACDelco Cobalt crew's responsibility to their sponsors, the fans, and even their departed comrade's memory to ensure that the fourth stop on the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule proceed as planned.

"Our sport has suffered a tremendous loss, and I'm sure there are a few of us who would rather not be racing this weekend," said Johnson. "There is no doubt that Eric Medlen will be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to come in contact with him, and we will be keeping his family as well as the John Force Racing team in our thoughts.

"However, I believe it would be a disservice to his memory if this weekend's race was not contested as planned. Drag racing is not only a sport, it is also a business, the way we earn a living. There are many people who are depending on us to be in Houston, from sponsors who will be hosting hospitality events to the fans who have planned their vacations around this race.

"Therefore, our ACDelco Cobalt crew will be at Houston Raceway Park on Friday ready to race. Our hearts may be heavy, but the best way I can see to honor Eric is to go out and put on a great display of the sport he loved."

-credit: j2r

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , John Force , Eric Medlen