THE KURT CHRONICLES: NHRA PENNZOIL NATIONALS RACE RESULTS Kurt Johnson Races to Quickest E.T. in Pro Stock History, Increases Points Lead RICHMOND, Va. - Kurt Johnson's ACDelco Camaro made the quickest Pro Stock run in NHRA history during ...
THE KURT CHRONICLES: NHRA PENNZOIL NATIONALS RACE RESULTS
Kurt Johnson Races to Quickest E.T. in Pro Stock History, Increases Points Lead
RICHMOND, Va. - Kurt Johnson's ACDelco Camaro made the quickest Pro Stock run in NHRA history during qualifying for the Pennzoil Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Kurt covered the quarter-mile in 6.840 seconds to set the national elapsed time record and nail down the No. 1 qualifying spot for the first time this season. He edged his father Warren by .003 seconds to take the Pro Stock "pole" for the 12th time in his career. It was the 19th time that the Johnsons have qualified 1-2 in NHRA competition. A cold front produced exceptional conditions for the Pro Stock contingent in Virginia. The 16-car field was the quickest in history with a 6.911-second bump spot, and 18 runs exceeded 200 mph. Unfortunately, the weather also caused a one-day rain delay after the first round of eliminations. Kurt topped 201 mph three times in Richmond, running 201.94, 201.61, and 201.52 mph - the second, third, and fourth fastest speeds respectively in Pro Stock history. "The unique conditions this weekend helped us to run 6.84 at nearly 202 mph," Kurt commented. "These gasoline-burning, carbureted engines just love ice-cold temperatures." The rain that washed out final eliminations also produced dramatically different track conditions when racing resumed. Kurt's car encountered violent tire shake in the second round just after his opponent, Mark Pawuk, fouled. K.J. wasn't as fortunate in his semi-final match with Allen Johnson: Kurt again suffered severe tire shake, and the "other" Johnson took the win light. "We have a fast Camaro, but it's got such a small window to work in that it's real touchy," Kurt explained. "We have to get the window wider so we can make more consistent runs when the track changes." Kurt's semi-final finish, combined with 20 bonus points for setting the national elapsed time record, extended his lead in the championship race to 95 points over his father Warren. K.J. will be aiming to increase that advantage when he races at his "home track," Atlanta Dragway, on May 14-16.
KURT JOHNSON RACE SUMMARY Qualifying: Kurt Johnson qualified No. 1 at 6.840/201.94 mph
Eliminations: Round 1: Kurt Johnson (6.869/201.61) defeated Steve Schmidt (6.972/197.54) Round 2: Kurt Johnson (7.089/198.73) defeated Mark Pawuk (6.923/198.88 - red light) Semi-Final: Allen Johnson (6.969/198.12) defeated Kurt Johnson (11.025/81.27)
Final Round: Allen Johnson (6.970/198.17) defeated Richie Stevens (6.960/198.20) Low ET: Kurt Johnson, 6.840 seconds (national record) Top Speed: Warren Johnson, 202.24 mph (national record)
POINTS RACE: (After 6 of 22 events) Driver Wins Points 1. Kurt Johnson 2 582 2. Warren Johnson 2 487 3. Troy Coughlin 0 330 4. Jim Yates 0 319 5. Allen Johnson 1 314
NEXT RACE: Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals, May 14-16, Atlanta, Ga. TV: Fox Sports, May 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. - check local listing.