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KJ determined to start his excavation project in Houston
“I’ve never been one to use revisionist history, so we’re not going to dwell on the first three races,” stated Johnson. “It certainly wasn’t the start we wanted, but we can’t change what has already happened, so this ACDelco Cobalt crew is simply going to focus on what lies ahead. After all, it’s a lot more productive to look out the windshield instead of constantly checking the rear view mirror.”
Naturally, the first step Johnson and his talented crew must take involves their race car. Although horsepower is clearly not an issue, as evidenced by their impressive top speeds in the first three races, they must transfer this strength more effectively to the race track. A crucial element in a productive quarter-mile run lies in the car’s performance in the first 330 feet, and is the area in which the second-generation racer has concentrated his efforts over the last few weeks. However, instead of using a new and untried approach, K.J. is banking on a proven set-up with which he won two races and advanced to four consecutive final rounds one year ago.
“I’m confident in the package we have assembled with this ACDelco Cobalt team,” said Johnson. “We have all the right parts necessary to go rounds and get ourselves back in the fight – we just have to make sure to put the right pegs in the proper holes.
“In the first three races, we were more aggressive and made several major changes, which ended up hampering our ability to make adjustments. Starting with this weekend, we are going to return to a set-up similar to what we used so effectively last summer, trying to regain our consistency and start going rounds. It’s going to take some work, but we will get this program turned around.
Another seeming ally in Johnson’s corner is his record at
“It takes a good deal of chassis management to negotiate the racetrack at
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