Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals
WJ powers to the No. 1 position
After posting the quickest elapsed time during Friday’s opening sessions, the GM Performance Parts Pontiac driver came back on his first attempt on Saturday to take advantage of the improved conditions, resetting both ends of the Columbus track record with his 6.723-second, 205.10 mph pass. This allowed “The Professor” to edge his son Kurt, who had stepped up with a 6.724-second run of his own, for the top spot by one thousandth of a second.
With the afternoon’s warmer temperatures virtually guaranteeing him the top starting spot, W.J. took advantage of his final run to test a new combination under national event conditions. As a result, he bettered his own top speed mark with his 205.13 mph blast.
“We were rooting and digging out there this weekend,” said Johnson. “We came to
“We then came back this morning, put our normal race motor in and proceeded to reclaim the No. 1 spot. On our last attempt, we went back to the original motor with new carburetors, and ran top speed of the meet so far. It seems to have a lot of potential, but still needs to be ironed out, so we’ll plug our proven combination back in for tomorrow and see what this GM Performance Parts Pontiac can do.”
This also marked the 33rd time in their careers that Johnson and his son Kurt qualified in the top two positions, having last accomplished this feat at the 2003
“From a team aspect, it’s very gratifying to be qualified in the top two spots,” stated Johnson. “Basically, it shows that Kurt and I are getting the most out of our particular cars, which is a testament to the hard work by both our teams here at the track, as well as the guys back at our shop in Sugar Hill. Today’s result is due to their diligence and dedication.”
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