Baytown: Ken Koretsky preview

Koretsky Hopes to Add Round Wins to His Stats at Houston BAYTOWN, Texas, April 13, 2004 - Some people like to spend Sunday mornings reading their newspapers while sipping coffee. Others may prefer to attend church. Ken Koretsky chooses to...

Koretsky Hopes to Add Round Wins to His Stats at Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas, April 13, 2004 - Some people like to spend Sunday mornings reading their newspapers while sipping coffee. Others may prefer to attend church.

Ken Koretsky chooses to drive his Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus Pro Stock entry in NHRA POWERade Series events, like the O'Reilly's Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, April 16-18.

The only drawback for the Richboro, Pa., driver is that he hasn't been able to do that with much consistency. Not because he wasn't trying, but because he simply wasn't going quick enough to qualify.

But things are much different now. Koretsky is not only qualifying for the events, he's begun paying attention to the standings. The reason is a liaison with engine builder/driver Larry Morgan. Morgan and 10-time Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden are providing the engines that have more power than Koretsky's ever had.

"I never had to look at points because it wasn't necessary last year. I knew where I was, and that was way down the list," said Koretsky, a veteran businessman-racer who is still looking for his first top 10 NHRA finish.

"This year has been really good," he continued. "I've qualified at three of the first four races and am getting closer to the top 10. Larry and Bob are building strong motors, and that's been a major difference for me."

A good outing at the Houston Raceway Park could propel Koretsky closer to his goal. His 105 points have him tied for 14th place, putting him two rounds (40 points) out of 10th and three rounds out of ninth.

Now it's time for him to take that natural progression another step forward. Qualifying is one thing, winning rounds is another in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category, and Koretsky is 0-3 in 2004 races.

"I think there are really two important parts to our race weekends," he said. "One is qualifying and the other is race day. I know I'm getting more and more confident during qualifying at each race. I feel like things are beginning to turn around, but I have no excuses, I have to go out and get the job done on race day."

Morgan, who eliminated Koretsky in the first round at Las Vegas (April 4), is third in points with 259. He advanced to the semis before losing to series leader Greg Anderson.

"We have the power to get into the top 10," added Koretsky. "I'm excited about our prospects. I know if I win some rounds at Houston that I'll get into the top 10 or be much closer than I am now. Like I said, it's up to me now."

Koretsky will climb behind the wheel of the Nitro Fish Wear Dodge for two qualifying sessions Friday at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and again Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday eliminations commence at 11 a.m.

-jls-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Bob Glidden