Early exit for Stevens. BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The final elimination rounds of the NHRA Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals got underway today at Bristol Dragway in the Tri-Cities area (Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City) of northeast Tennessee, ...
Early exit for Stevens.
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The final elimination rounds of the NHRA Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals got underway today at Bristol Dragway in the Tri-Cities area (Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City) of northeast Tennessee, after a short rain delay.
During qualifying on Saturday, engine problems plagued both Team Koretsky Pro Stock cars and only the Valspar Refinish/Snap-On Pontiac Grand Am of Richie "the Kid" Stevens, from New Orleans, was able to make the field. Stevens teammate, team owner Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., driver of the Valspar Refinish/Cyclo Industries Grand Am watched from the sideline as his team competed today.
Stevens, who qualified 13th, squared off against the #4 qualifier Greg Anderson, from Jacksonville, N.C., in the opening round of Pro Stock.
Using the Team Koretsky number three engine, Stevens couldn't stay with the power of Anderson. Anderson was away first at the starting light and never looked back. The first elimination round of 2002 for Stevens turned into a short work day for Team Koretsky.
Anderson crossed the finish line strip in 7.006 seconds and Stevens finished in 7.085 seconds, far off his qualifying pace.
The first order of business for Team Koretsky is to get the primary engines of both Stevens and Koretsky damaged during Saturday's qualifying ready for the next race. They are already heading back to the engine shop of Frank Iaconio in New Jersey and should be refurbished by the end of the week. The pressure is on both Iaconio and Team Koretsky to be ready in time for the seventh race on the schedule.
It's back-to-back weekends for the NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series. The next event for Team Koretsky will be the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta. The event is scheduled for May 2-5, with professional qualifying starting on Friday, May 3.