Phoenix: Kenny Koretsky preview

Koretsky Sees Improved Performance From Nitro Fish Wear Dodge at CSK Nationals CHANDLER, Ariz., March 4, 2004 - Horsepower and drag racing are as intertwined as San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can't have one without the ...

Koretsky Sees Improved Performance From Nitro Fish Wear Dodge at CSK Nationals

CHANDLER, Ariz., March 4, 2004 - Horsepower and drag racing are as intertwined as San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can't have one without the other.

Since this subject is Pro Stock drag racing, horsepower is an important element. It separates the winners from others. Kenny Koretsky has been among the others during his years of competition in what arguably remains NHRA's toughest professional category - until this season.

Koretsky was quite pleased with the Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus RT he now drives that comes with horsepower supplied by Larry Morgan engines. It's more horsepower, Koretsky says, than he's had.

"We have a competitive race car now," he added. "We have very good horsepower, a good car and crew. It's changed my whole racing outlook. I'm really excited about it, and I want to keep the momentum going."

Koretsky, a businessman/racer from Richboro, Pa., is looking forward to returning to POWERade Series competition in the Checkers Schuck's Kragen Nationals, Friday through Sunday at Firebird Raceway. He wants to make amends for a foul start last Sunday at Pomona, Calif., in the first round of the Winternationals.

He made five good runs during the event, including his 6.782-second, 203.19-mph effort against Jeg Coughlin that didn't count, thanks to the red light. It was his best time of the weekend and provided crew chief Ed Guarnaccia with enough computer data to apply to the Firebird asphalt when qualifying begins Friday afternoon.

"Eddie is planning to try some different combinations in Phoenix if we can get qualified well on our first couple runs," Koretsky noted. "We haven't been able to do that, but he has confidence in the car and the horsepower."

Guarnaccia said he'd be "tweaking the setup a little bit. There's no substitute for horsepower and Morgan and Bob Glidden are taking care of that."

Koretsky qualified 10th at 6.786 seconds, 203.49 mph and had competitive runs in each of his four runs prior to eliminations at Pomona.

"We'd like to qualify in the top half of the field at Firebird Raceway and go deep into the elimination rounds," Koretsky said. "It's possible if things keep improving like they have been."

Qualifying times are 3 and 6 p.m. Friday and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. Eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

TV Times: Saturday, ESPN2, two-hour qualifying program, 11 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2, three-hour eliminations, 7 p.m. ET

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Larry Morgan , Bob Glidden , Kenny Koretsky