Seattle: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

Dancing Between the Raindrops, KJ Qualifies Third in Seattle Persistent rain in the Seattle area played a significant role in qualifying for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals, cancelling Friday's action and limiting the 21 Pro Stock Cars ...

Dancing Between the Raindrops, KJ Qualifies Third in Seattle

Persistent rain in the Seattle area played a significant role in qualifying for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals, cancelling Friday's action and limiting the 21 Pro Stock Cars attempting to make Sunday's starting field to a solitary run on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, Kurt Johnson and the ACDelco Chevy Cobalt Racing team took full advantage of the opportunity, covering the quarter-mile in 6.677-seconds with a top speed of 207.02 mph to claim the third starting spot for final eliminations.

"We're pretty happy to come out here and put our ACDelco Cobalt in the third starting spot. Of course, facing the possibility of only one attempt, it was more a matter of going from A to B than it was going for the throat. Our team seems to be on an upswing, going from starting fifth in Bristol, to fourth in Denver, and then third here, so we're pretty pumped up heading into race day, whenever that happens.

"Today's run wasn't bad, and realistically we feel that we left three hundredths on the table. With a gear ratio change and attacking the starting line a little bit more, we might have gone 6.64 or 6.65. We would have liked to have made that second run, but we're certainly happy with what we got.

"Although we only had one crack at it, the track wasn't bad today, even after the rain. But, with the forecast calling for even more tomorrow, who knows what kind of surface we'll have to race on, or even when we'll race, so we're going to play things by ear. Being third will also work in our favor there, because we will have the luxury of choosing when we want to run, and we'll want to have as many cars go down the track before us as possible. With so many things working for us, we'll have to make sure and take advantage of them."

-credit: j2r

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