Dallas: Kurt Johnson Friday summary

KJ Sits Second on Friday in Dallas Qualifying for the rescheduled running of the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, TX got off to a good start for Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team. After opening with a...

KJ Sits Second on Friday in Dallas

Qualifying for the rescheduled running of the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, TX got off to a good start for Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team. After opening with a second-quick 6.671-second, 207.15 mph pass on his first attempt, KJ came back in the evening session to record a career-best elapsed time of 6.663 seconds with a top speed of 206.76 mph, slotting him in the second position midway through qualifying.

"We're back in the hunt, which is where we need to be. We decided to stick to the basics this weekend instead of going into test mode, trying to make sure we were in the show. As a result, we made two, good, consistent runs. Consistency is the key out here, so we're certainly pleased with today's effort.

"Since we've secured a good spot in the field, and the forecast is calling for it to be a little warmer tomorrow, we'll use our two attempts on Saturday to test and get ready for race day. The car seems to be good, so we'll leave it alone, but we have a few parts we'd like to try to see if we can make a little extra power."

Johnson also took time to comment on the dramatic accident involving veterans Bruce Allen and Kenny Koretsky, who collided in a 180-mph fireball midway through the evening qualifying session. Fortunately, initial reports have both drivers emerging from the accident with only minor injuries.

"Naturally, when something like that happens, your first thoughts and concerns are with the drivers and their families. Bruce and Kenny are not only competitors, they are our friends, and we hope everything works out well for both of them.

"However, as a driver, once you go back to your car and put the helmet on, as we did tonight, you have to refocus on elapsed times and making a good run, trying to get the No. 1 spot and the three grand that goes with it. You have to hope that the NHRA has done a good job of getting the track ready, and get after it. It's not necessarily easy to do, but that's our job."

-j2r-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Bruce Allen , Kenny Koretsky