Chicago Kenny Koretsky Motorsports (Driver: Rickie Smith)

Joliet, Ill. - - With team owner Kenny Koretsky, of Richboro, Penn., attending to business responsibilities, Rickie Smith, of King, N.C., will carry the Kenny Koretsky Motorsports banner this weekend at the Prestone Route 66 Nationals at Route 66...

Joliet, Ill. - - With team owner Kenny Koretsky, of Richboro, Penn., attending to business responsibilities, Rickie Smith, of King, N.C., will carry the Kenny Koretsky Motorsports banner this weekend at the Prestone Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

Fresh from a disappointing outing at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas, Smith tested his Bucks County Kawasaki sponsored Pro Stock Camaro in St. Louis and was pleased with the results. With the engine power receiving strong attention from engine builder Frank Iaconio, Smith feels that with fresh engines he will be able to once again compete with the leaders in the Pro Stock category.

“The testing definitely helped us get on the right track for this weekend,” said Smith. “We're a new team, with a veteran crew, therefore any testing we can do will help us work better together and know the limits of our equipment.

“We're still on track to make a difference in the outcome of this year's point battle in Pro Stock. That will position us for a run at the championship next season. We're all veterans, as I said, but we still have a learning curve we must go through to make the team gel,” added Smith.

Koretsky will be at the track on Saturday and Sunday courting several sponsors in an effort to secure the needed financial backing it takes to compete at the top level of Pro Stock.

“We will be exploring several marketing opportunities with some leading companies this weekend. The difference between when I stopped driving in 1993 and returning to the driver's seat and team ownership this season is the level of competition. You need full financial support from a company to meet and carry out your goals and race at the top level,” said Koretsky from his corporate office in Pennsylvania.

Smith, along with the remainder of the Pro Stock drivers, will have two opportunities to qualify on Friday and another two chances on Saturday. Final eliminations for all categories will take place on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Koretsky , Rickie Smith