Topeka: Kurt Johnson Saturday notes

KJ Stays Solid, Starts Third in Topeka On the strength of a 6.724-second, 204.66 mph run made on Saturday morning, Kurt Johnson qualified his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt in the third position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer...

KJ Stays Solid, Starts Third in Topeka

On the strength of a 6.724-second, 204.66 mph run made on Saturday morning, Kurt Johnson qualified his ACDelco Chevy Cobalt in the third position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, KS. Despite facing the warmest conditions of 2008 POWERade Drag Racing season, which slowed the naturally-aspirated Pro Stock cars by five hundredths of second from the last race in Bristol, the Johnson-led crew made the necessary adjustments to deliver another consistent performance and post their eighth Top Five starting position in nine starts.

However, Johnson's final attempt on Saturday afternoon may prove to the most valuable, as it helped define their race car's tuning envelope under these challenging conditions.

"We've been working with our ACDelco Cobalt throughout the weekend, trying to adapt to the track here in Topeka. The starting line is a little tricky, but from one foot ahead of where the tires sit, the surface is really nice. We kept adjusting based on the data we were getting, and had been on the edge in the first three sessions. Even so, we made two pretty decent runs, including that 6.724 this morning.

"However, we finally went over on that last run. It was ugly -- about seven hundredths off of what it should have been. What's important is that we learned the combination we need to run here in Topeka is different from what we used in previous years. Of course, it's a lot better to learn that today than during eliminations tomorrow. With the forecast calling for similar conditions, we have a few adjustments to make. It's all a matter of making the right calls and putting ourselves in a position to win. The fun part is over -- now it's time to get to work."

-credit: j2r

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