Koretsky Enthused Going to Gatornationals GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 15, 2004 - The good news is Kenny Koretsky is driving a competitive entry in NHRA's Pro Stock category for the first time in a while. The not-so-good news is that it takes time...
Koretsky Enthused Going to Gatornationals
GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 15, 2004 - The good news is Kenny Koretsky is driving a competitive entry in NHRA's Pro Stock category for the first time in a while.
The not-so-good news is that it takes time turn the raw potential into a harnessed contender for round and race wins.
In essence, it's still a work in progress, and Koretsky likes the progress that's being made. For example, when his Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus RT lines up for the first Mac Tools Gatornationals qualifying runs Friday, March 19, it will be a 2004 racecar.
"We stopped at car builder Jerry Haas' shop in St. Louis on the way to Gainesville from Phoenix (site of the second POWERade series event) and had the car updated to this year's model," said Koretsky. "We plan to test at Bradenton on Wednesday and drive to Gainesville Thursday.
"I'm excited," continued the businessman/racer from Richboro, Pa., "because the Gatornationals is one of my favorite races. Gainesville Raceway is a fast track. We've worked on the clutch and fixed the problems that kept us from qualifying at Phoenix."
And there's the horsepower coming from engine builder and fellow Dodge Stratus driver Larry Morgan, who has teamed with 10-time Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden to build the Dodge Hemi engine into a true power plant.
"Bob and Larry went through our engines to get them ready for this race and we really should run good," added Koretsky. "I've had horsepower in the cars I drove before, but not like this. Eddie Guarnaccia, my crew chief, has worked hard trying to figure out our racecar. Eddie went through the chassis and the clutch and he's looking forward to trying new combinations when we test this week."
The Nitro Fish Wear Dodge also made a stop at Banshee Motorsports to have the new front end custom painted. "George, Chucky B and Jerry did a great job with the car's paint scheme," said Koretsky.
Koretsky qualified for the season-opening Winternationals (Feb. 29) but lost in the first round. He is 16th (42 points) in Pro Stock with 21 of 23 races remaining. Jason Line is 10th with 68 and Greg Anderson leads with 196.
The 35th annual Mac Tools Gatornationals begins with Pro Stock qualifying at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Saturday runs at 11 a.m. and 2:30 Saturday. The top 16 drivers square off in Sunday's eliminations at 11 a.m.
TV Times: Saturday/early Sunday, ESPN2, two-hour qualifying, 2:30-4:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2, two-hour eliminations, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. ET.