Gainesville: Kurt Johnson Friday summary

KJ Rides Career Bests to Fourth Position on Friday in Gainesville The first day of qualifying for the 36th annual Mac Tools Gatornationals was held under unseasonable cool temperatures, producing nearly ideal conditions for the ...

KJ Rides Career Bests to Fourth Position on Friday in Gainesville

The first day of qualifying for the 36th annual Mac Tools Gatornationals was held under unseasonable cool temperatures, producing nearly ideal conditions for the naturally-aspirated engines of the Pro Stock Category. However, with numerous on-track incidents in the sportsman categories delayed activities by several hours, crews were challenged to match the extra horsepower to the cool Gainesville Raceway surface.

In the first session, Kurt Johnson took advantage of the situation in his ACDelco Cavalier, establishing new career marks in elapsed time and top speed with his 6.671-second, 207.13 mph pass. Coming back to post a competitive 6.702-second, 206.80 mph effort in the evening run, he heads into Saturday's action in the fourth position, and looking for further improvement.

"After the first run, we were looking forward to running even quicker in what ended up as a night session. Unfortunately, we had an issue with the car that let an opportunity slip away, which you hate to see happen

"We know this ACDelco Cavalier is capable of running in the 6.62-3 second range, and have identified where the problem is, so we'll take a different approach tomorrow. Fortunately, our time should guarantee us a spot in the show, so we can focus on developing the consistency we need to win."

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