Madison: Kenny Koretsky preview

Koretsky, NFW Team Would Like Some Racing Luck at St. Louis MADISON, Ill., June 25-27, 2004 - Broken parts in drag racing are as common as broken bats and hockey sticks, but bats and hockey sticks are easily replaced during their respective ...

Koretsky, NFW Team Would Like Some Racing Luck at St. Louis

MADISON, Ill., June 25-27, 2004 - Broken parts in drag racing are as common as broken bats and hockey sticks, but bats and hockey sticks are easily replaced during their respective games.

It's not so in drag racing.

Kenny Koretsky was one driver who left Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Sunday disappointed because a broken drive shaft prevented him from completing his first-round run.

"It's rare when something like that happens in Pro Stock," said Koretsky, driver of the Nitro Fish Wear Pro Stock Dodge Stratus. "In our case, it was simply a case of the weakest link in the power train failing. Our Larry Morgan motor was making good horsepower, the bead-lock wheels and tires provided good traction and the suspension worked like it should to get the power to the ground.

"The only problem was the drive shaft couldn't take it, and broke. Sometimes you're better off having luck than racing good."

That won't happen again, Koretsky promised, saying crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia will have not only a replacement drive shaft, but a spare, on hand for the Sears Craftsman Nationals, Friday through Sunday nights at Gateway International Raceway across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

"We have a car we know can qualify in the top half of the field," Koretsky continued, "and that's where we should be this weekend. Night racing is alright. About the only changes we have to make is to relocate the shift light because it's so bright it blinds you when it comes on."

Humid conditions in New Jersey last weekend slowed the Pro Stock cars, Koretsky coming in 14th (6.836 seconds at 202.45 mph), his lowest starting spot in five races.

It was no contest against Jason Line in the first round. As soon as Koretsky stepped on the throttle, the drive shaft broke and he coasted almost the full 1320 feet. He was timed in 19.762 seconds at 40.46 mph.

"My son Kyle's Junior Dragster goes a lot faster than that," Koretsky quipped.

Koretsky is 14th in points but only 61 points (three rounds of racing) behind No. 10 Steve Johns (418).

"We need to start winning some rounds at each race, and then we can start moving up in the standings," Koretsky concluded.

This event ends a grueling six races in seven weeks stretch for Koretsky and all the POWERade Series competitors and is 12th of 23 overall.

Four qualifying attempts are scheduled - 5 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday - as drivers and crew chiefs get used to racing under the lights. Sunday's eliminations start at 4:30 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Kenny Koretsky , Jason Line , Steve J