Topeka: Kurt Johnson Saturday summary

KJ Qualifies Seventh in Topeka On the strength of a 6.740-second, 204.91 mph pass made on his third attempt on Saturday morning, Kurt Johnson qualified his ACDelco Cobalt in the seventh position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly...

KJ Qualifies Seventh in Topeka

On the strength of a 6.740-second, 204.91 mph pass made on his third attempt on Saturday morning, Kurt Johnson qualified his ACDelco Cobalt in the seventh position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, KS. Although limited to only three qualifying attempts by Friday night's rain, Johnson made the most of his runs on the tricky Heartland Park Topeka track, recording consecutive 6.74-second times before using his final attempt as a high-speed test session.

Having secured a top-half starting spot, KJ now turned his attention towards race day, where, after three runner-up finishes in the last four years, he hopes to score his first national event win on the Kansas quarter-mile.

"We're in the show, and that's what really matters on Saturday night. Naturally, we would have liked to be higher on the page, but for starters we're happy to have lane choice for the first round, which has played a significant role in recent races.

"Overall, we made three runs in qualifying, and were pretty decent in the left, while still learning how to deal with the right lane, just like everybody else. We ran a couple 6.74s, which I would consider average, but far from showing our complete potential.

"Our ACDelco Cobalt is running strong in the back half of the track, so if we can make clean, smooth straight runs, we should be right up front tomorrow. I'm pretty pleased with my performance on the tree, so I'd have to say things are coming together nicely. We're looking forward to having a long day tomorrow."

-credit: j2m

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson