KJ's Strong Run Ends in Englishtown Semi-Finals Kurt Johnson and his ACDelco Cobalt Racing team continued their recent streak of strong performances by powering to the semifinals at today's NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, NJ. Although he ...
KJ's Strong Run Ends in Englishtown Semi-Finals
Kurt Johnson and his ACDelco Cobalt Racing team continued their recent streak of strong performances by powering to the semifinals at today's NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, NJ. Although he was the recipient of an automatic win in the first round when Larry Morgan red-lit, Johnson grabbed both the crowds' and his competitors' attention by posting the quickest and fastest pass of eliminations, covering the quarter-mile in 6.703-seconds with a top speed of 206.76 mph.
In the second round, Johnson eliminated veteran Jim Yates with a solid 6.741-second, 205.94 mph effort, but lost lane choice for his semifinal match-up against Dave Connolly by seven thousandths of a second. Fully aware of Connolly's reputation as one of the better leavers in the Pro Stock category, a determined Johnson left the starting line first, with his .026 reaction time giving the second-generation racer a two hundredths of a second advantage.
However, just as he seemed poised to advance to his third consecutive final round, Johnson found himself fighting to maintain control as his race car spun the tires in several gears, slowing him to a 6.780-second pass, allowing his opponent to overcome his lead and edge him at the finish line stripe.
"To be honest, we feel as if we only did half the job. We wanted to win the race, or at least go to the final, but for some reason the lane seems to have bit us. The conditions today were unlike any others we had raced in this year, and we had a few new pieces in the car that we will have to get used to."
"We started with a great run in the first round, but then the track went away, and we overpowered it in the second round, which cost us lane choice. We made a few changes for the semis, but it just spun, and spun, and spun some more. I talked with (fellow Pro Stock racer) Allen Johnson, who ran right behind us, and he was out of control in that lane as well. I guess there was something out there that the human eye didn't see."
"Even so, it was still a productive day for the ACDelco Cobalt crew. We gained ground on the points leader, and opened up a lead on most of the cars behind us. We'll take that to St. Louis next weekend, where we'll see if we can duplicate our winning performance from a year ago."