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Koretsky, Improved Nitro Fish Team Look Forward to Southern Nationals COMMERCE, Ga., May 12, 2004 - The saying in drag racing is "you're only as good as your last race." If so, that explains the smiles on the faces of Kenny Koretsky,...

Koretsky, Improved Nitro Fish Team Look Forward to Southern Nationals

COMMERCE, Ga., May 12, 2004 - The saying in drag racing is "you're only as good as your last race."

If so, that explains the smiles on the faces of Kenny Koretsky, crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia and the hard-working Nitro Fish Wear Pro Stock Dodge Stratus team after Koretsky's first-round loss at Bristol, Tenn. (May 3).

Losses aren't usually accompanied by a smile, but the NFW crew knew they'd turned the corner in the tune-up area and should begin making quicker straight-line, quarter-mile runs.

The results come at a good time. Koretsky and the team are embarking on one of the busiest parts of the NHRA POWERade Series schedule - six races in seven weeks - beginning with the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, May 14-16, at Atlanta Dragway.

"We are excited about going to Atlanta, Chicago (May 21-23) and Topeka (Kansas, May 28-30)," Koretsky said. "There's no question things are starting to come together. We have our clutch program together now and the car ran well during eliminations. Eddie and the guys did a good job tuning the car for the conditions Monday at Bristol. We want to keep up the momentum."

Heavy rain Sunday at Bristol forced NHRA to postpone competition until the next day, when temperatures were much lower than they'd been during qualifying.

Koretsky, who clung to the 16th qualifying position by one-thousandth of a second (6.880 to 6.881 seconds), unleashed his best run against Greg Anderson, the No. 1 qualifier, eventual race winner and series point leader. Koretsky's 6.829 at 202.94 mph turned out to be the third-quickest on race day in the right (not preferred) lane.

"I believe we have a package that gives us the opportunity to qualify in the top half of the field," said Koretsky. "We have the clutch figured out, Bob Glidden and Larry Morgan give us good engines, Eddie's tuning the car well and everybody's doing a good job. Our goal is to start winning rounds on Sunday.

"We are also excited about several new lines of Nitro Fish Wear that will be unveiled this weekend," added Koretsky.

Southern Nationals qualifying begins with sessions at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday with runs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

Completing the six races in seven weeks are stops at Columbus, Ohio (June 11-13), Englishtown, N.J. (June 18-20) and St. Louis (June 25-27).

-nitrofish-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Bob Glidden , Kenny Koretsky