Joliet: Kurt Johnson Friday summary

Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team faced varying atmospheric conditions during the first day of qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals. The opening session was held in the mid-afternoon sun with temperatures in the 90's and...

Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Cobalt Racing team faced varying atmospheric conditions during the first day of qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals. The opening session was held in the mid-afternoon sun with temperatures in the 90's and humidity to match, while the second run was delayed by rain showers, pushing it into the evening hours with the lower temperatures producing different tuning conditions.

Through it all, Johnson's team stayed the course, posting the quickest elapsed time and top speed of the opening session at 6.786 seconds 203.98 mph, and improving to a 6.783-second time on his second attempt, slotting the second-generation racer in the second spot midway through qualifying.

"We changed a bunch of things before coming out here and our ACDelco Cobalt really responded. We made a few adjustments for this evening's run, and although we improved on our time and learned something, it wasn't enough to keep us on the pole.

"Fortunately, it's gotten to the point where I can now tune it similar to my Cavalier. We take this information, make the necessary changes, and come out tomorrow ready to pick up the pace, starting with the first round of the King Demon (an all-star event for the top eight qualifiers in Pro Stock over the last year, which will be held as part of tomorrow's activities."

-j2r-

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