Qualifying: Richie Stevens Session ...
Qualifying: Richie Stevens
Session #1 Friday: 6.916 seconds at 199.11 mph (# 14)
Session #2 Friday: 15.326 seconds at 54.15 mph (#21)
Session #1 Saturday: 6.960 seconds at 197.88 mph (#21)
Session #2 Saturday: 6.993 seconds at 198.09 mph (#21)
Qualifying: Kenny Koretsky
Session #1 Friday: 6.952 seconds at 197.94 mph (# 24)
Session #2 Friday: 7.174 seconds at 162.35 mph (#30)
Session #1 Saturday: 6.968 seconds at 197.22 mph (#30)
Session #2 Saturday: Did Not Run (#30)
Team Koretsky takes its licks at Route 66
JOLIET, Ill. -- On Friday, rain, albeit very light, delayed slightly the start of qualifying for the 5th annual NHRA Chicagoland Dodge Dealers Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. The event is the 10th of 23 races on the NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series.
When Friday's qualifying got underway, Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., was the first member of Team Koretsky to take to the track. His Valspar Refinish/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Chevy Cavalier established a baseline from which the team could work. After one session, Koretsky stood 24th.
Meanwhile, Koretsky's teammate Richie "the Kid" Stevens, from New Orleans, in the Valspar Refinish/ Snap-On Pontiac Grand Am clipped off a stout run of 6.916 seconds. After a slow start to the season, Stevens, who has qualified for the last two NHRA events, found himself in 14th after one qualifying session
In Friday's evening session, neither Koretsky nor Stevens improved. Stevens broke a transmission; Koretsky's car got out of the groove. Both drivers would rely on their Saturday's qualifying to place them in the 16-car Pro Stock field.
Saturday turned out to be hot and humid, with air temperatures over 90 degrees. As a result elapsed times (E.T.) didn't improve nor change from those of Friday. Entering the final qualifying session, both Team Koretsky drivers were on the outside of the 16-car field looking in.
Unfortunately, after qualifying ended on Saturday in the heat of late afternoon, neither Koretsky or Stevens made Sunday's show.
"Both cars were down on power and Saturday's performance was lessened due to the heat and humidity," said Koretsky. "We took our licks. We going back and re-evaluate our engine program and insure that we have the best power available. We have a long standing relationship with (engine builder) Frank Iaconio and have had many successes over a lot of years. Frank will refurbish all our primary engines and have us ready for the next race.
"We wish we could have put on a better show for all the guest, sales associates, employees and customers of Snap-On Tools and will look forward to visiting with them tomorrow."
Team Koretsky now move to the Columbus, Ohio area for the NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing. The event will take place June 13-16 at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville, Ohio.