Indianapolis: Ken Koretsky preview

Koretsky, Nitro Fish Dodge Ready to Challenge for U.S. Nationals Win Pennsylvania Pro Stock Driver Happy with Performance Improvements INDIANAPOLIS, August 26, 2004 - Ken Koretsky takes his racing seriously - so he's happy to be among the Pro ...

Koretsky, Nitro Fish Dodge Ready to Challenge for U.S. Nationals Win
Pennsylvania Pro Stock Driver Happy with Performance Improvements

INDIANAPOLIS, August 26, 2004 - Ken Koretsky takes his racing seriously - so he's happy to be among the Pro Stock field that will gather at Indianapolis Raceway Park Sept. 3-6 for the 50th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Nationals.

This time, Koretsky arrives at the NHRA's oldest, most prestigious event confident he'll be among the top 16 qualifiers who'll be battling for the title during Labor Day eliminations.

"It's going to be exciting. We are just 25 points out of the POWERade top 10 and there are six races to go," said Koretsky, driver of the Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus. "It's the best position we've ever been in going to Indy. With any luck - and it should be our turn soon - we'll be able to leave Indy in 10th place."

A mechanical failure cost Koretsky in the opening round at Brainerd, Minn. (Aug. 15) and a hot, bumpy track at Memphis (Aug. 22) contributed to another opening-round setback. Rickie Smith benefited from both because he was able to cling to 10th place, 640-615. Koretsky had been four points behind going into Memphis.

"Our car seems to run better on smooth tracks, and the Indy track is very smooth," added Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa. "In bumpy conditions, like Memphis, it doesn't respond as well to the tune-up."

Crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia sent the car to Jerry Haas' Fenton, Mo., shop to be freshened before Friday night's (Sept. 3) qualifying round.

"Eddie's working on several other things and (engine builder) Larry (Morgan) is going through the motor," added Koretsky. "We want everything to be ready for a top performance.

"The Pro Stock cars will have two very good qualifying opportunities Friday and Saturday nights. We usually don't get two runs at night unless it's a night race."

Koretsky started the Memphis race from 11th position and was beaten by eventual race winner Jason Line. It was the first time in seven races Koretsky wasn't among the top eight.

He's already rewritten his personal bests several times, dropping his quickest elapsed time to 6.723 seconds and improving his speed to 205.01 mph. He's still looking for his first final-round appearance.

Pro Stock qualifying runs are set for Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 and 6:30 and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday's competition begins at 11 a.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jason Line , Rickie Smith , Jerry Haas