Rained Out in Reading, Koretsky Now Goes for First Win at Dallas Nitro Fish Wear Pro Stock Driver Was Runner-up at U.S. Nationals DALLAS, Sept. 22, 2004 - The site has changed, but Ken Koretsky's goal remains the same: Win his first NHRA Pro...
Rained Out in Reading, Koretsky Now Goes for First Win at Dallas Nitro Fish Wear Pro Stock Driver Was Runner-up at U.S. Nationals
DALLAS, Sept. 22, 2004 - The site has changed, but Ken Koretsky's goal remains the same: Win his first NHRA Pro Stock race.
A week ago, the Richboro, Pa., driver was aiming to pick up that elusive victory at Reading, Pa. Heavy rain washed out those aspirations, so it's on to the Texas Motorplex in nearby Ennis for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Sept. 24-26.
Koretsky came closer to a POWERade Series win than he ever has on Labor Day (Sept. 6) at Indianapolis. He drove the Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus to a runner-up finish at the 50th U.S. Nationals in his first final-round appearance. Greg Anderson, the reigning Pro Stock champion and 13-race winner, was 17-thousands of a second quicker at the finish line.
"We are excited about racing at the Motorplex," said Koretsky. "The track is smooth and it's a very nice facility. We want to qualify in the top half of the field and run for the win."
That hasn't always been an option during his driving career.
"I've never had the horsepower I have now. I always felt that if I had equal power that I could run with the leaders," added Koretsky. "I believe we are going to win one of these races before the season's over. We have all this power from engine builder Larry Morgan and we have a good car. My crew chief, Eddie Guarnaccia, is doing an excellent job tuning the car and Jerry Eckman, one of our crew members and a former driver, helped straighten out my starting-line procedures."
Koretsky first competed at the Motorplex when track owner Billy Meyer owned the International Hot Rod Association in 1988. "I drove in Pro Stock and Top Fuel in the IHRA days," said Koretsky.
He now concentrates on NHRA Pro Stock only and is enjoying one of his finest years. Koretsky pushed his way into the top 10 for the first time in NHRA competition at Indy. He's 10th with 709 points. He has registered career performance bests in elapsed time (6.723 seconds) and speed (205.01 mph) and made it to his first title round.
Can a win be far behind?
The Nitro Fish Wear crew will be aiming for it this weekend. Qualifying runs takes place at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and 12 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Eliminations get underway Sunday at 11 a.m.