Norwalk: Kurt Johnson final report

KJ Has an Uncharacteristically Early Exit in Norwalk Over the first eleven races of the season, ACDelco Cobalt racer Kurt Johnson worked his way to the POWERade championship points lead by consistently qualifying in the top half of the field...

KJ Has an Uncharacteristically Early Exit in Norwalk

Over the first eleven races of the season, ACDelco Cobalt racer Kurt Johnson worked his way to the POWERade championship points lead by consistently qualifying in the top half of the field and going rounds on race day. Entering Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, the second-generation racer seemed ready to continue this trend, having captured the fifth starting position.

Unfortunately, despite making a competitive 6.719-second, 206.48 mph run in the opening stanza, Johnson was among the six members of the POWERade Top Ten who did not advance to the second round, as his opponent, Greg Stanfield used a slight starting line advantage and a 6.731-second, 204.79 mph pass to narrowly edge KJ at the line.

"What can I say? It was a drag race. I shook the tires and was two hundredths slower off the line than he was, and he got us by seven thousandths at the stripe. If we had been able to correct either one, we could have resolved the issue we had with the win light not coming on in our lane.

"It's tough any time qualifying is cut short. We ran fair on our first run down the racetrack yesterday afternoon, but were off on each of next two runs, including the first round today. I had my best light of the weekend in the first round, and we were consistent, but just needed to be a little better.

"We need to do some testing with this ACDelco Cobalt. We tried in Chicago, but were rained out after only two runs. We then went to Englishtown with some different components on the car and felt we could have won that race if it hadn't dead-headed going into fourth gear in the semifinals.

"We then came here and started off well, but then our evil race car reared its head again. We need to get our ACDelco Cobalt back to running and winning consistently. We've won a couple races and done pretty well lately, but that's all behind us. It's time to regroup."

-credit: j2r

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