Kenny Koretsky: Qualified No. 12: 6.856 seconds at 200.53 mph Eliminations: Round ...
Kenny Koretsky: Qualified No. 12: 6.856 seconds at 200.53 mph
Round #1: Koretsky (6.941/198.55) def. Warren Johnson (6.909/199.84)
Round #2 (Quaterfinals): Koretsky (Red-light: 6.952/198.17) lost to Allen Johnson (6.954/199.97)
Kenny Koretsky defeats Warren Johnson, loses to Allen Johnson.
CLERMONT, Ind. -- Reaction time -- the time between the green light and the car breaking the starting line timing beam -- was the key to Kenny Koretsky's win over Warren Johnson and loss to Allen Johnson at the 48th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
In the opening round of eliminations, Koretsky's reaction time was .039 seconds quicker than Warren Johnson -- .452 seconds for Koretsky versus .491 seconds for Johnson. Koretsky's Mace Cavalier reached the finish line .007 seconds ahead of the multi-time Pro Stock champion. Johnson recorded an elapsed time of 6.909 seconds, while Koretsky finished inches ahead with a slower E.T. of 6.941 seconds. The difference all due to reaction time.
The quarterfinals was a different story as Koretsky's reaction time was too quick giving Allen Johnson an automatic win. With a perfect reaction time being .400 seconds, Koretsky's .253 was way too soon and a red-light foul start. Because Koretsky committed a foul start it did not matter that he had the better E.T. -- 6.952 seconds versus 6.954 seconds for A. Johnson.
"In the first run with Warren (Johnson) he had lane choice and put us in the right lane which was producing elapsed times about 2 hundredths slower than the left lane, so I knew I needed a better reaction time if I was going to have a chance to win," reflected Koretsky. "I cut a good time at the Christmas tree (starting lights), around .450 seconds, and was able to hold Johnson off at the finish line.
"In the second run, I knew Allen (Johnson) was excellent at the lights. His average reaction time is around a 420 (.420 seconds) light. I knew I was going to have to be sharp on the lights to beat him. I got a little bit overexcited and I let the clutch pedal out too soon.
"All in all this team is doing a great job. (Crew chief) Eddie Guarnaccia has got a great clutch program going. All the guys with the engine program have this car running good. Just to be qualified at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is a big thrill."
Next up for Koretsky and the Mace Chevrolet Cavalier is the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Pa. Professional qualifying begins on Friday, September 13 and concludes on Saturday. Final eliminations get underway Sunday, September 15.
"We're excited to bring our new race program to Maple Grove. This will be our home area and we'll be able to showcase our new marketing partnership with Mace Security International. Naturally, we be going all out to make a good showing for Mace and all our fans in the Maple Grove area, " concluded Koretsky.
Koretsky debuted the Mace Security International, Inc. ("Mace") marketing partnership at this event. Mace, headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J., is the country's first publicly traded company (NASDAQ: MACE) to focus on growth in the car wash industry. Operating under the brand name Super Bright Car Wash & Express Detailing, Mace owns and operates numerous full service and exterior only car washes throughout the United States.
Additionally, led by its highly recognized Mace® brand product line, Mace is also a leading manufacturer of less-than-lethal defense sprays for consumers and has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and retailing products and services in several sectors of the security products industry including electronic and chemical security products, security training, child safety products and private corrections integration systems.