Pomona II: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

KJ Qualifies Third For NHRA Season Finale Kurt Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Auto Club of Southern California Finals, recording a best elapsed time of 6.683-seconds to earn the third starting position. In ...

KJ Qualifies Third For NHRA Season Finale

Kurt Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Auto Club of Southern California Finals, recording a best elapsed time of 6.683-seconds to earn the third starting position. In addition, in three of the four timed sessions, the ACDelco Cobalt pilot posted the top speed among the 26 Pro Stock cars making an attempt, culminating with his career-best, and new track record 207.62 mph on Friday afternoon.

Even with this solid showing, Johnson's primary concern entering Sunday's final eliminations will be to effectively match their 1,400-horsepower race car to the tricky Pomona surface, which changed radically with Saturday's warmer temperatures.

"We overestimated the track today, plain and simple, so we'll make additional adjustments tomorrow to get it hooked back up. My reaction times have been solid, so we think we're good there. All we have to do is make our ACDelco Cobalt go straight, which it really hasn't done yet this weekend. We know what we need to do to fix the car -- it's just a matter of making the right calls and getting a better handle on this race track.

"The hard part is over, with the fun part beginning tomorrow. The crew has done their job, and the car is ready -- it's time to let the clutch out and head to the finish line, making sure we get there first."

-j2r-

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