Bristol: Ken Koretsky preview

Koretsky Gets Ready for Bristol Dragway Thunder Valley Nationals Up Next for Koretsky's NFW Dodge BRISTOL, Tenn., April 26, 2004 - In this era of instant messaging and immediate results, it's sometimes difficult to take a slower approach...

Koretsky Gets Ready for Bristol Dragway
Thunder Valley Nationals Up Next for Koretsky's NFW Dodge

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 26, 2004 - In this era of instant messaging and immediate results, it's sometimes difficult to take a slower approach to reach a goal.

But there isn't much time available when the focus is on Pro Stock drag racing.

Ken Koretsky and Eddie Guarnaccia knew there would be a learning curve when it came time to find a competitive combination for the Nitro Fish Dodge Stratus. They're now five races into the 2004 campaign and still haven't found one. Koretsky, the driver, and Guarnaccia, the crew chief, realize the project is taking a little longer than expected, but they aren't about to give up.

There's plenty of time. Eighteen races remain in POWERade Series, and next up is the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, April 30/May 1-2.

"We're still searching for the right combination," says Koretsky. "I'm ultra-competitive. I think we should be qualifying better than we are. Eddie has been working hard trying to get this thing figured out. It's just a matter of us getting down the track consistently."

Sometimes other factors get in the way. Two weeks ago, for example, the team decided not to change motors before its first Saturday qualifying run at Houston. It turned out the engine wasn't 100 percent, so it was changed before the final attempt.

Koretsky wasn't qualified at the time, and he wound up missing the starting line-up because he couldn't run quicker than 6.778 seconds. His best was 6.790. He was seventh-quickest in the afternoon sunshine, however, as the new Larry Morgan-built motor ran well.

"We could've tuned-up the motor and got in the show if we'd had one more run, or we'd changed motors before our first run Saturday," said Guarnaccia. "But hindsight is always 20-20. We learned another lesson that day."

To which Koretsky added, "From now on we aren't going to second-guess ourselves."

Action at Thunder Valley begins with qualifying at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's eliminations begin at noon.

-jtr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan