Indianapolis: Kenny Loretsky Sunday summary

Kenny Koretsky qualifies for prestigious NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. CLERMONT, Ind. -- On Friday, Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., began his quest for one of the 16 Pro Stock positions that will compete for the 48th annual NHRA Mac Tools...

Kenny Koretsky qualifies for prestigious NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

CLERMONT, Ind. -- On Friday, Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., began his quest for one of the 16 Pro Stock positions that will compete for the 48th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals title when eliminations get underway on Monday at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP).

In the opening round of qualifying Koretsky, to the surprise of fellow competitors and fans alike, raced his Mace Pro Stock Cavalier down the IRP quarter-mile with an elapsed time of 6.862 seconds at a speed of 200.26 mph, good for 4th after the first day.

On Saturday, Koretsky improved but dropped several positions. In the evening session he shaved 6-thousandths of a second off the elapsed time he ran on Friday but dropped to 12th.

"We didn't fully take advantage of the Saturday night conditions," said crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia, Jr. "Others meanwhile got a handle on the track and took advantage of the cooler night temperatures. It cost us a few positions but we'll regroup and go after them again tomorrow (Sunday). I would like to see this Mace Cavalier in the top half of the field when qualifying is completed."

Sunday, the temperatures increased slightly and the humidity did likewise, making for less than ideal racing conditions for Koretsky's Mace Chevy Cavalier. The 16-car grid did not change and Koretsky finished five sessions of qualifying in the 12th position.

"This is the most important race of the year at which to qualify," said Koretsky. "Our new engine program is developing horsepower. Eddie Guarnaccia knows how to get a car down the track. That combination gave us five good qualifying passes and put us in the show.

"Also, this is terrific for our marketing partner Mace because of the TV time and national exposure. The Mace brand name is very popular and the fans were out here supporting us big time. We're proud to be associated with Mace."

Koretsky debuted the Mace Security International, Inc. ("Mace") marketing partnership at this event. Mace, headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J., is the country's first publicly traded company (NASDAQ: MACE) to focus on growth in the car wash industry. Operating under the brand name Super Bright Car Wash & Express Detailing, Mace owns and operates numerous full service and exterior only car washes throughout the United States..

Additionally, led by its highly recognized Mace® brand product line, Mace is also a leading manufacturer of less-than-lethal defense sprays for consumers and has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and retailing products and services in several sectors of the security products industry including electronic and chemical security products, security training, child safety products and private corrections integration systems.

In tomorrow's opening round of eliminations, Koretsky will face Warren Johnson in a rematch of the opening round at the last national event in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson qualified fifth with a time of 6.843 seconds.

"There were 44 cars attempting to qualify for 16 spots. Therefore it means a lot to me to get one of the 16 spots. We spend a lot of money and a lot of time in working with these engines and putting together these race teams, sponsorships and employees, so right now I'm ecstatic.

"Tomorrow I've got a little surprise for Warren Johnson. He beat me last time in Brainerd but I should have been a little sharper at the tree. This time I plan to be better at the lights -- a 430 light (.430 seconds) or better and I think we can beat him," stated Koretsky.

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Drivers Warren Johnson , Kenny Koretsky