Topeka: Team Koretsky final qualifying summary

Team Koretsky 14th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec Heartland Park Topeka -- Topeka, Kan. Qualifying: Richie Stevens Session ...

Team Koretsky
14th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec
Heartland Park Topeka -- Topeka, Kan.

Qualifying: Richie Stevens
Session #1 Friday: 6.929 seconds at 199.26 mph (# 15)
Session #2 Friday: Canceled due to rain
Session #1 Saturday: 6.883 seconds at 200.17 mph (#15)
Session #2 Saturday: 6.874 seconds at 199.32 mph (#16)

Qualifying: Kenny Koretsky
Session #1 Friday: 7.030 seconds at 196.13 mph (# 22)
Session #2 Friday: Canceled due to rain
Session #1 Saturday: 6.919 seconds at 199.02 mph (#24)
Session #2 Saturday: 6.914 seconds at 198.88 mph (#20)

Richie Stevens #12 in Valspar Refinish/Snap-on Tools Grand Am.

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Rain and thunderstorms, once again interrupted a NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series event. This time it was the 14th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Heartland Park Topeka.

With the first qualifying session delayed due to weather, Team Koretsky had mixed results when the Pro Stock cars took to a green race track, washed clean of rubber by the persistent rains.

Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., was the first member of Team Koretsky to take to the track. The veteran driver had in racing terms a "loose" pass. In layman's terms, his Valspar Refinish/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Chevy Cavalier was moving around quite a bit as it searched for traction down the Heartland Park quarter-mile. At the end of the first session, Koretsky settled for 22nd.

Meanwhile, Koretsky's teammate Richie "the Kid" Stevens, from New Orleans, in the Valspar Refinish/ Snap-On Pontiac Grand Am clipped off a run of 6.929 seconds, good for 15th after one qualifying session. Stevens' run was the first solid pass of the opening session.

The second qualifying session on Friday was canceled.

After Friday's rain, qualifying began once again on Saturday. Koretsky showed great improvement in Saturday's first qualifying session clicking off a pass of 6.919 seconds at 199.02 mph. But entering the final session Koretsky was looking for another stout run, one that would put him and his Valspar Refinish/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Cavalier into the top 16 that would square off during Sunday's eliminations.

Stevens, paired with Koretsky, bettered his time of Friday when the Valspar Refinish/Snap-On Pontiac Grand Am stop the finish line clocks in 6.883 seconds. Entering the last qualifying session the fifth-year professional remained in the 15th spot.

Although he ran one of the better passes in the final qualifying sessions, Koretsky came up a little short. While disappointed with not being part of the show on Sunday, he was happy with the performance of Team Koretsky this weekend.

Stevens maintained his pace and consistency by running his best pass, a 6.874 second run, in the last qualifying session for the Pro Stock cars. He finished #12 on the qualifying grid and will face Allen Johnson, from Greenville, Tenn., in tomorrow's eliminations. Johnson qualified fifth with a qualifying best of 6.859 seconds at 201.70 mph.

Team Koretsky owner Kenny Koretsky had the following to say following qualifying, " I'm happy with the entire weekend for Team Koretsky. We have got Richie's Valspar Refinish/Snap-On Grand Am turned around and he will be in the mix tomorrow. I'm please.

I had one of the better passes in that final session and that gives us hope that we will join Richie next week in Chicago as part of the top 16. With only four competitive passes on my Valspar Refinish/Bucks County Kawasaki/Rally Wax Cavalier, we see nothing but good in the upcoming races. We are definitely happy with the overall performance of the new Cavalier."

Jim Yates, from Alexandria, Va., nailed down the #1 spot with a run of 6.853 seconds at 200.20 mph. Ron Krisher, from Warren, Ohio, claimed the 16th and final position for tomorrow's eliminations by virtue of a pass of 6.878 seconds at 201.73 mph.

-tk/kpm-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Krisher , Kenny Koretsky , Allen Johnson