On the strength of a 6.675 second, 206.10 mph run made during Friday's second qualifying session, Kurt Johnson qualified his ACDelco Cobalt in the No. 1 position for Sunday's final eliminations of the NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ. It...
On the strength of a 6.675 second, 206.10 mph run made during Friday's second qualifying session, Kurt Johnson qualified his ACDelco Cobalt in the No. 1 position for Sunday's final eliminations of the NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ. It was the 24th "pole position" of Johnson's career, third at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park and first of the 2005 POWERade Drag Racing season. Johnson's most recent No. 1 qualifying performance had come at the 2003 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN.
Although Saturday's weather conditions precluded any real challenges for Johnson's top spot, the second-generation racer continued to impress on his final attempts. In the morning session, he set top speed of the event with his 206.48 mph clocking, and concluded his qualifying performance by recording the quickest pass of the day in the heat of the afternoon, blasting through the quarter-mile in 6.690-seconds at 206.39 mph.
"Our goal coming into this race was to keep our car consistent, and so far, the ACDelco Cobalt has been flawless. You always want to find that sweet spot where you have to make minimal changes to make the car go down the racetrack whether the track temperature is 85 degrees or 120 degrees, and I believe we've found it. We keep throwing stuff at it, and it keeps getting sweeter. I think we really have something here.
"It particularly likes the left lane. The track here in Englishtown is a little bumpy. It has some new concrete that needs to be ground, especially in the right hand lane, where there is a large bump at about 75 feet. As a result, the left lane is two to three hundredths quicker for the Pro Stock cars.
"Just like any other Sunday, the key to winning tomorrow will be letting the clutch out before the other guy. The driver and the car have to be perfect as much as possible, because it's rare that they are perfect together and one usually has to make up for the other. Therefore, we're just going to go out tomorrow and try to be perfect. If we can do that, I think we have the horse to ride."