O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
Johnson is the No. 1 qualifier
What made Johnson’s performance even more impressive was that his 6.638-second, 208.42 mph run from Friday evening ultimately gained him the top starting spot, but either his 6.650 second pass from Saturday morning (combined with his 208.04 mph top speed) or his 6.648-second attempt in the final session would have also placed him on top of the 16-car final eliminations field at Houston Raceway Park.
“We’ve been working on this ACDelco Cobalt, trying to find ways to make it better, and right now it’s fast. Our job now is to apply what we have and what we’ve learned, making good runs, hooking the car up and taking advantage of its performance.
“We’re pretty pleased with the runs we’ve made so far this weekend, especially considering the amount of changes we’ve thrown at it. Today we were tuning for tomorrow, throwing different combinations at it, and fortunately everything stuck. It’s like a Velcro race car – everything we’re throwing at it is sticking.
“Our performance this weekend is important because this is only the second chance we’ve had to run on a hot racetrack. After looking so bad in
“Certainly, we’re happy right now, but our goal is to have this type of performance on Sunday. It’s good to be No. 1 on Saturday, but our goal is to have our ACDelco Cobalt be No.1 on race day.”
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