Next on the NHRA Full Throttle Series docket is the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway where Kurt Johnson was a winner in 2003. He enters the race eighth in the Pro Stock standings with the potential of advancing far up the points ladder. Johnson sits less than three round wins out of the top five.
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Bristol, Tenn. (May 14, 2009)-The performance of Kurt Johnson’s ACDelco Chevrolet at the recently completed NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis may have laid the foundation for a strong push into the next phase of the spring Full Throttle Series schedule, and now the veteran Pro Stock driver hopes to nudge the envelope up another notch when the series converges this weekend on Bristol Dragway.
“We’re pretty pumped,” Johnson said. “We learned some things on the dyno Tuesday morning, and then went out to Commerce (
Johnson had his best qualifying effort in more than a month at
“At this point of the season, our tune-up is pretty close,” Johnson said. “We don’t have to make big changes anymore. If we can concentrate on the details, be a little smarter than everybody else, and get the driving job taken care of, then maybe we can run a mile on Sunday.”
Through the first seven races of the 2009 schedule, Johnson’s
ACDelco Chevrolet has qualified in the top half of the field five times
and fourth or better three times. Prior to the
Not only was Johnson’s starting elapsed time of 6.576 seconds at
Saturday’s performance carried over to race day when in his round-two matchup against Jason Line, Johnson posted the second-quickest e.t. of the session at 6.586 seconds. Unfortunately, his opponent was the only driver of the remaining six that was quicker than the ACDelco Chevrolet and Johnson was eliminated by a mere .006 of a second.
“We were pretty excited about that No. 3 spot in
Next on the NHRA Full Throttle Series docket is the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway where Johnson was a winner in 2003. He enters the race eighth in the Pro Stock standings with the potential of advancing far up the points ladder. Johnson sits less than three round wins out of the top five.
“That place (Bristol Dragway) has been awesome,” Johnson said. “We’ve been going there since 1979 and to run in