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Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
Seattle, WA
(July 21-23)

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Kurt Johnson
Mark Christopher Auto Center Chevrolet Cobalt

KJ steps up, will start second

Seattle, Saturday: After posting the seventh-quickest time during the opening day of qualifying for the Schuck’s Auto Supply Nationals in Kent, WA, Pro Stock standout Kurt Johnson was determined to improve his position in one of his final two timed runs on Saturday.  Despite the increased humidity, KJ took full advantage of the clouds and slightly cooler conditions in the morning session, with his ACDelco Cobalt rocketing through the quarter-mile in 6.696-seconds with a top speed of 206.07 mph, which was the quickest pass of the day among the 22 Pro Stock cars making an attempt.  This earned the Georgia racer the second starting spot for Sunday’s final eliminations at Pacific Raceways, as he looks to defend his win from this event a year ago.

“The bottom line is that we made a good run when we needed to, which is what this sport is all about.   Naturally, you want to hit a home run every time out, but that’s just not going to happen.   This morning, however, everybody did their job, we made a few changes at the last minute going into the run that really paid off, and we were quick enough to get the second starting spot. 

“Our ACDelco Cobalt has been good all weekend.  It’s been going straight, low gear has been nice, there’s no (tire) shake, the clutch has been good, and I’ve been pretty good on the lights.  I guess it all comes down to being back at sea level, which allowed us to get back to basics.  We have a pretty good notebook as far as what to do under these conditions, so we believe we’re going to have a pretty good race tomorrow.”

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