Millington: Kenny Koretsky eliminations summary

Koretsky and Mace Cavalier have stellar outing at NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- With a career best Pro Stock qualifying position of sixth, Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., who has been racing Pro Stock cars since...

Koretsky and Mace Cavalier have stellar outing at NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- With a career best Pro Stock qualifying position of sixth, Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., who has been racing Pro Stock cars since 1987, went to the semifinals at the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park.

The last time that Koretsky appeared in a Pro Stock semifinals was in 1989 when he went to back-to-back semifinals at Montreal and Englishtown.

In the opening round, Koretsky was in the lane opposite Troy Coughlin. Away first with the green light, Koretsky's Mace/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Chevrolet Cavalier led from start to finish and moved to round two against Bruce Allen.

In the quarterfinals, Koretsky was once again out first at the start and once again his Mace/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Chevrolet Cavalier led from start to finish, giving the win to Koretsky on a hole shot. Koretsky gained a .027 seconds advantage at the green light and won by .0158 seconds, moving to his first semifinal round of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season against another Coughlin. This time it's Jeg Coughlin.

Reaction times were almost dead even but tire shake right off the line forced Koretsky out of the racing groove at about 300-feet. This caused him to get way out of shape and allowed Jeg Coughlin to race away to the win light.

It was an awesome weekend," said Koretsky following his stellar performance. Going to the semifinals was something we were shooting for, but for it to happen was really exciting. I could grow to like this.

"We have been running good since reorganizing our engine program and look for that program to continue to improve. Hopefully you haven't seen the last of the Mace/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Chevrolet Cavalier this season. We feel we can be a factor from here on out.

"My hats off to crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia, Jr., Tom Pierson and Joe Cunningham for having this car ready and at its peak throughout the weekend. A special thanks to our primary and newest marketing partner Mace. Also to those sponsors who have stuck with this team through thick and thin -- Cyclo Industries and Rally Wax, Bucks County Kawasaki, Snap-on Tools and Carolina Drilling. This crew and these companies make everything happen for this team," concluded Koretsky.

Koretsky debuted the Mace Security International, Inc. ("Mace") marketing partnership at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indy. 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.

Next up for Koretsky and the Mace/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Chevrolet Cavalier is the final of three races on three consecutive weekends for the POWERade Drag Racing Series. The 2nd annual NHRA Craftsman 75th Anniversary Nationals presented by Racing Champions, at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., unfolds September 26-29. Professional qualifying begins on Friday, September 27 and concludes on Saturday. Final eliminations get underway Sunday, September 29.

-kpk-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Bruce Allen , Kenny Koretsky