The ACDelco driver is a three-time winner at Maple Grove Raceway scoring his second career victory there in 1993, and then again in '98 and 2000.
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"Everyone on this race team is working hard to put this ACDelco Chevrolet in the winner's circle," Johnson said. "We're going over the entire car with a fine-toothed comb and making the necessary changes to make that happen."
The ACDelco driver is in eighth place in the Full Throttle
standings and edging closer to clinching a spot in the three-year-old
playoff format. Johnson could do so with a strong performance at
"We want to earn our spot in the Countdown, but right now we're also looking ahead," Johnson said. "We're not satisfied with eighth-place. We need to move up in the standings, start winning some rounds and some races, and then we'll be a legitimate contender. If we can make that happen over the next couple of weeks then anything is possible when the Countdown starts."
If Johnson goes on to claim a spot in the Countdown, either at
"The top-10 streak is certainly something we want to keep alive," Johnson said. "We also have a winning streak of 14 years going that is just as important – if not more so. All we need to do is go out there, do our job and win a race, and the rest will fall into a place. If we can put some round wins together, the streak will continue, and then hopefully we'll have a shot at this championship. We're positive, that's for sure."
The ACDelco driver is a three-time winner at Maple Grove Raceway scoring his second career victory there in 1993, and then again in '98 and 2000. Johnson was runner-up to Dave Connolly in '07 at a rain-soaked contest that was postponed for three days, and at last year's race he qualified the ACDelco Chevrolet in the No. 2 position, advanced to the semifinal round and set top speed of the meet at 208.91 mph.
"It seems like we always run pretty good at
"There's a lot of history at this event and a lot of great racers in this part of the country. Drag racing fans come out in full force from just about every state in the Middle Atlantic, and from up and down the Eastern Seaboard to support this event. The stands are always packed, and to see all those race fans lining the fence for every single run, whether it's a Pro or a Sportsman pair on the track, that just adds to the excitement of being a competitor at Maple Grove Raceway."