Koretsky's Goal: Keep Good Outings Going at Route 66 Nationals JOLIET, Ill., May 18, 2004 - Add improving performances to Kenny Koretsky's love of drag racing and you have results that make it very enjoyable for the Richboro, Pa., driver to make...
Koretsky's Goal: Keep Good Outings Going at Route 66 Nationals
JOLIET, Ill., May 18, 2004 - Add improving performances to Kenny Koretsky's love of drag racing and you have results that make it very enjoyable for the Richboro, Pa., driver to make weekend forays into POWERade Series competition.
Koretsky works in his regular weekday business climate and then climbs into his Nitro Fish Wear Pro Stock Dodge Stratus for the NHRA events - like the one this weekend at Route 66 Raceway, appropriately named the Route 66 Nationals.
"We are definitely excited about going to the Chicago area," Koretsky said Sunday at Commerce, Ga., after his finest 2004 outing in the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. "We have a good baseline combination now and we want to continue to keep getting better.
"I'm very happy with the way the car's performance is improving. Eddie (Guarnaccia, the crew chief) and the crew have been doing a great job. Eddie has worked hard to figure out how to prepare this car all season, and it's running better at each race," he continued.
Koretsky parlayed his highest qualifying position this year - seventh, 6.821 seconds at 203.40 mph - into a first-round victory over Rickie Smith, but lost in the quarterfinals to Jason Line.
"We were a little fortunate in the first round when Rickie had a problem, but it was important that we went down the track with no problems of our own," said Koretsky. "Eddie was able to do more research on the chassis, too. Everything we learn is very valuable."
The showing left Koretsky 14th in the point standings. He has 199 and is only two rounds of racing from a place in the top 10.
"We moved closer to the field and I'm confident we can continue to improve," commented Guarnaccia, who wasn't able to attend his parents' surprise 50th anniversary party Sunday because he was at Atlanta Dragway. "We are getting good motors from Larry Morgan and Bob Glidden and I'm looking forward to this race so we can keep this program moving forward."
Koretsky and the rest of the Pro Stock field have qualifying sessions Friday at 4 and 7 p.m. and noon and 3 p.m. Saturday. Eliminations commence at 11 a.m. Sunday.