Topeka: Kenny Koretsky preview

Good Outing Boosts Confidence of Koretsky, Nitro Fish Pro Stock Team New POWERade Series Pro Stock Team Beginning to Jell TOPEKA, Kan., May 25, 2004 - Statisticians will tell you numbers don't lie. If so, they don't tell the whole story, ...

Good Outing Boosts Confidence of Koretsky, Nitro Fish Pro Stock Team New POWERade Series Pro Stock Team Beginning to Jell

TOPEKA, Kan., May 25, 2004 - Statisticians will tell you numbers don't lie. If so, they don't tell the whole story, either.

Kenny Koretsky, for example, enjoyed the best qualifying weekend of his NHRA Pro Stock career, one that has run, off and on, some 15 years. His Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus was the highest qualified Dodge in the 16-car field and he started third at last Sunday's Route 66 Nationals near Chicago.

Those were good numbers.

In the first round of eliminations, Koretsky was six-thousandths of a second too soon leaving the starting line, drawing an automatic disqualification.

Those weren't good numbers.

While disappointed he didn't get the win light despite crossing the finish line first, there were more positive things that came from the weekend than dwelling on the foul start.

Lessons were learned, lessons that undoubtedly will carry over to the O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park, May 28-30. It's the third of three consecutive POWERade Series races and the ninth of 23 events.

"I saw the (red) light and was disappointed, but we learned a lot this weekend and we are excited with the way our team is improving," said Koretsky. "Eddie (Guarnaccia, the crew chief) and the guys did a great job working on the car and getting it to run consistently. We had probably our best qualifying runs of the year. We might've surprised some people by qualifying third, but we've believed that is where we should be because we have Larry Morgan-Bob Glidden horsepower and Larry's been running well all year."

Glidden is a Pro Stock legend who won xx races and 10 season championships before retiring from driving. Morgan, a veteran driver/engine builder from Newark, Ohio, was the No. 1 qualifier and runner-up at Atlanta two weeks ago.

Koretsky, Guarnaccia, et al believe that's where they're headed, too. But this is a new team and it takes time to put every piece of the puzzle in the right places. Guarnaccia says Koretsky improves every time he lets the clutch out at the starting line.

"The more runs we make, the more he does things the same, the better we'll be," the crew chief predicted. "His last qualifying run, when we went from 10th to third place, was as nice as it gets, according to the computer."

"I'm getting more comfortable in the car . . . and we're all happy we don't have to wait long to get back to work," added Koretsky. "We're all looking forward to going to Topeka and I'm anxious to get back in the car."

That happens Friday when Summer Nationals qualifying begins with sessions at 4 and 7 p.m. Two more attempts are on tap Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday's eliminations get underway at 11 a.m.

-jtr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Bob Glidden , Kenny Koretsky