Koretsky Moving Closer to Place in Pro Stock Top 10 Goal in Sight for Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus Driver BRAINERD, Minn., August 10, 2004 - With each Pro Stock race, Kenny Koretsky feels more comfortable . . . like he really belongs as ...
Koretsky Moving Closer to Place in Pro Stock Top 10
Goal in Sight for Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus Driver
BRAINERD, Minn., August 10, 2004 - With each Pro Stock race, Kenny Koretsky feels more comfortable . . . like he really belongs as a bona-fide challenger for POWERade Series top10 honors.
Now 15 races deep into the 23-event schedule, Koretsky finds himself eight points from 10th place. It's so close he may be able to reach it Sunday afternoon at Brainerd International Raceway, when the 23rd annual Lucas Oil Nationals unfolds.
The Richboro, Pa., competitor has been a semi-regular campaigner for most of the last 15 years, but a spot in the elite 10 has always eluded him. When qualifying begins Friday, Koretsky will try to cut into Rickie Smith's 557-549. There are 20 points available for each round win.
"We really are excited," said Koretsky, who will be driving the Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus. "We've been getting closer and closer to the top 10 in the last few races and we'd sure like to get there this weekend. My crew chief, Eddie Guarnaccia, and the crew have been doing an excellent job preparing the race car. We are running consistently and we could be a contender for the race win. You never know, with Pro Stock as competitive as it is today."
Guarnaccia has carefully tuned the NFW Dodge to make it run consistently and take full advantage of the horsepower supplied by engine builders Larry Morgan and Bob Glidden.
Koretsky, who defeated Smith in the first round of the last two races, is anxious to get back on the track. On his last run - a quarterfinal loss to series leader Greg Anderson at Sonoma, Calif. - Koretsky notched his career-best speed, 205.01 mph, and came close to his best elapsed time (6.723 seconds) with a 6.727.
"We have a real good race car," Guarnaccia says. "All we need to do is win rounds. Lately, I don't think we've been a No. 11 car. I think we've been more like a No. 5 or No. 6 car. That last run at Sonoma was a heck of a run."
The crew chief has been making subtle changes to improve the car's performance, and it shows. "We changed a couple things before that last run and the speed picked up," Guarnaccia added. "We were the quickest car to 60 and 330 feet during the quarterfinals and we had the quickest run in our lane in the quarterfinals."
Koretsky, meanwhile, has been trying to improving his starting line reaction times.
"I have to work on the lights," he said. "I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm doing something wrong because my lights aren't as good as they should be. You can give up a lot of ground at the starting line if you're not ready."
If Koretsky and crew continue making the right calls, it won't be long before they'll be ranked among the 10 best in Pro Stock.
Qualifying begins Friday with runs at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., followed by Saturday's action set for 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.