Commerce: Kurt Johnson final summary

KJ's Consistent ACDelco Cobalt Races to Atlanta Semifinals For the second consecutive race Kurt Johnson had a good outing with his ACDelco Cobalt, advancing to the semifinals of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Commerce, GA.

KJ's Consistent ACDelco Cobalt Races to Atlanta Semifinals

For the second consecutive race Kurt Johnson had a good outing with his ACDelco Cobalt, advancing to the semifinals of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Commerce, GA. In a day where rain delayed eliminations twice for a total of six hours, Johnson and his crew made the best of the situation, combining a solid driving performance by Johnson with a consistent race car.

In the first round, KJ squared off against No. 3 qualifier Ron Krisher in the first-ever elimination round meeting of Chevrolet Cobalts in Pro Stock competition. Johnson gained the advantage at the starting line and never looked back, using a 6.791-second, 202.91 mph run to edge Krisher's 6.793-second, 203.03 mph effort.

Johnson continued his success in the second round, combining a .026 reaction time with his quickest pass of the weekend at 6.783-seconds to eliminate Mike Edwards. The final obstacle standing between KJ and his first final round of the season was rival Jason Line, who had the advantage of lane choice.

Just as he had all day, Johnson delivered a consistent pass, powering through the quarter-mile in 6.786-seconds with a top speed of 203.00 mph. Unfortunately, it was not enough to hold off Line's 6.756-second run. Johnson's solid outing did allow him to climb into the fifth position in the POWERade Championship standings.

"We had tested different things in qualifying trying to get a better handle on the car, and the information we gathered allowed us to race pretty effectively today. We made some changes going into eliminations based on that data, and it paid off. We had been worried about getting the car down a good racetrack, and as cool as it was on the starting line, our ACDelco Cobalt really performed well. That makes us a little less nervous going into places like Chicago, which can have killer track conditions.

"It's still not where it needs to be, because it's spinning the tires down track. We'll have to fix that and get it to hook up to the racetrack. Even so, we're pretty pleased. I drove well, and we moved up a couple spots in the points. We have now won as many round wins with this new car in two races as we had in the first five. We'll take what we did today and try to pick it up a little more in Columbus."

-j2r-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Ron Krisher , Jason Line , Mike Edwards